Pillow Pop-Up Performances | Third Thursdays

May 18, Jun 15, Jul 20, Aug 17, & Sep 21

Join us for a Pillow-curated dance series presented at every Third Thursday street festival in Pittsfield, May through September. Pittsfield’s 3rd Thursday cultural street festival is family-friendly and open to the public featuring live music, local food, craft vendors, street performers, and plenty more!


Third Thursday runs on every third Thursday of the month May-September from 5-8pm in Downtown Pittsfield. The largest free outdoor event series in the Berkshires, Third Thursdays are family friendly and open to all.  North Street  is closed to vehicular traffic from West Street to Linden Street and filled with music, performance, food and community activities.  Third Thursday is organized by the City of Pittsfield Office of Cultural Development.  Visit their website or call 413-499-9348 for more information.

2017 Pillow Pop-Up Series

September 21 | Akwaaba Traditional African Drum & Dance Ensemble

The performance will begin at 5:30pm in Palace Park on North Street, Pittsfield, MA.

The Akwaaba Ensemble’s energetic and engaging performances are a reflection of their name, which means ‘welcome’ in the Twi language of the Ashanti tribe of Ghana. At each performance the Ensemble brings Highlife music, West African drumming and dance to vivid life. For the past 17 years, the Ensemble has toured internationally and performed on many stages in the United States, Mexico, Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom. The goal of the group is to produce extraordinary music and great performances that enlighten the audience about African Culture and Music. | LIVE MUSIC

View an excerpt of Akwaaba Traditional African Drum & Dance Ensemble here.

Funded in part by the New England States Touring program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.
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May 18 | Ephrat Asherie Dance

Ephrat Asherie Dance will perform excerpts of Odeon, a high-energy hip-hop performance set to the music of Brazilian composer Ernesto Nazareth, known for mixing European harmonies with African rhythms. This work takes a hybrid approach to movement, exploring the extended family of dances from the African diaspora, including breaking, hip-hop, house, and vogue. Ephrat “Bounce” Asherie, a 2016 Bessie Award Winner for innovative achievement in dance, is a New York City-based b-girl, dancer, and choreographer.

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June 15 | Throwdown Dance Collective

Founded in 2008, Toronto based Throwdown Collective is a contemporary dance company that supports the collaborative creative pursuits of founders Zhenya Cerneacov, Mairéad Filgate and Brodie Stevenson. The collective will perform two site-specific works: Boxset (2011) and 1981FM (2013); both of which went on to tour with the festival and beyond, throughout Ontario, to Trois-Rivières, Quebec; & Vancouver, British Columbia.

View an excerpt of 1981FM here.

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July 20, 5:30-6pm | Eiko Otake: A Body in Pittsfield

The performance will begin at 141 North Street.

A Body in Pittsfield is the newest installment of Eiko’s A Body in Places series, which includes performances in train stations, warehouses, and libraries, as well as the irradiated Fukushima, Japan. Praised for her “unassailable intensity,” Eiko is able to “radiate both frailty and abandon” in her performances (The New York Times).

View an excerpt of Eiko’s work here.

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August 17 | Stilo Dance

The performance will begin at 5:30pm in Palace Park on North Street, Pittsfield, MA.

Founded in 2007 by David Olarte, Stilo Dance Company is a multi-faceted group that exists as both a performance team and as a community-centered, research-based educational entity. Stilo’s roots lie in Latin social dance, but they pride themselves on breaking the rules and blurring the lines between Afro-Cuban Folklorico, contemporary/modern, and traditional Latin styles. This holistic approach places the most value on connection, listening, and finding authentic movement in social dance. The audience will be invited to dance after the performance.

Plus! Join Stilo dance at Berkshire Salsa’s Latin Night on August 18: Mark your calendar.