Support New Work
Help us fund the creation of new dances year-round at the Pillow.
Supporting Jacob’s Pillow means supporting dance artists at every stage of their careers. University students interested in choreography can attend rehearsals to see world-class artists in action. Dance-makers with only the seeds of an idea are invited to research concepts and investigate movement in residency at the Pillow. And award-winning choreographers bring world premieres to the stage during the Festival.
“When it comes to research and development for the creation of new work, I think dance is the most underserved art form. At Jacob’s Pillow, we want to support dance artists at every stage of development. We are building a beautiful new studio, re-imagining our multi-layered residency programs, and continuing our annual tradition of supporting artists with no strings attached through the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award. The Pillow is delighted to provide time for creative research early in an artist’s process, space for companies to rehearse and continue developing ideas, and technical residencies for choreographers ready to integrate lighting design and other production elements. We ask that every choreographer brings an outside eye to their residency. This can be a person of their choosing who will serve as editor or dramaturge, or it can be someone from another domain that might lend perspective to the work. This kind of collaborative rapport is essential. It’s a necessary part of the creative process.”
“It is astonishing how much can be accomplished when you have twelve hours a day to work. It is not just the studio time, it is the brain space to read and think. It is like a rocket ship into deep investigations, really clear focus, and the nervous system is in a different place. There is just not as much juggling at all. The more removed it is, the better. You can never recreate that.”
2016 Creative Development Residency Artist
While Ms. Melnick is a lover of Balanchine, she never had the urge to pursue ballet herself or to choreograph for ballet dancers. Now she’s considering creating a work on point. ‘When I see Sara dance, I’m like, that’s how I would do it: just reckless abandon, incredible technique, ridiculous beauty, but unworldly beauty,’ she said. ‘Soulful, tragic.’
Mearns was well aware of the trend of ballerinas’ stepping out of their comfort zones. ‘This wasn’t for an external reason,’ she said. ‘It was about me. Can I be a deeper artist in some way? It was an opportunity to see what else my body could do.’
Excerpted from The New York Times
“Supporting the Pillow’s Creative Development Residencies provides artists and their collaborators with the time and space to explore, experiment, and create new work, one of our most important responsibilities in this cultural community.”
Jacob’s Pillow Board of Directors
“We don’t see and we take for granted the amount of time and effort that goes into making the pieces that show up onstage, but they take real time and they need space. Creative Development Residencies give artists the opportunity to have time and space to develop the things that we are lucky enough to see during the Festival."
“The artists are often up-and-coming, or they don’t have a lot of money or space. Like [Ephrat Asherie] was saying, she was working on things in her living room with a mirror. But when given the space and the facilities, look what she did!”
“I’ve been following Michelle Dorrance since she did a Creative Development Residency. I saw when she was first playing around with sound boxes. It was a totally new concept and now she’s blowing everybody away. I saw that in rehearsal and look how it’s progressed!”
“In our day and age, creative artists don’t have any time to perfect their work or even to make their work because they’re so busy doing other jobs that they have to do to keep their lives to get here. These residencies are really important - to have a place where you don’t have to worry about distractions. They can just concentrate on their art. That’s why I support the Pillow, always. We need these places more and more now. “
Ways to Support The Creative Process
Your support provides space, time, and funding for artists to create their best new work. Thank you!