The Pittsfield-Pillow Express

The dance center of the nation is just a bus ride away!

Jacob’s Pillow is in Becket, MA (20 miles from Pittsfield) and home to America’s longest-running international dance festival, a treasured 220-acre National Historic Landmark, and recipient of the prestigious National Medal of Arts.

Family-friendly activities for all ages includes experiencing more the 200 free events including performances, tours, and talks on our beautiful public grounds. Great for the family!

Enjoy a matinee performance with discounted tickets available to Pittsfield residents riding the bus or join us at Inside/Out, our FREE outdoor dance performance series, no ticket required. Outside food and beverages are welcome and picnicking is encouraged.

FREE round-trip bus transportation from three Pittsfield neighborhoods, including:

  • Morningside Community School
  • Boys & Girls Club of the Berkshires
  • Conte Community School

How to reserve your seat:

  • Call 413.207.4082
  • Leave your name, number of people in your party, Pittsfield pick-up location, and phone number.
  • You will receive a phone confirmation from Pillow staff.
  • Walk-ups are welcome, but seats and matinee tickets cannot be guaranteed.

What to bring:

  • Be prepared for rain and sun. Umbrellas, hats, and don’t forget bug spray!
  • Bring a water bottle.
  • The Pillow is not responsible for any items lost or stolen on the bus.

Food at the Pillow:

  • All Day | Picnic on the grounds; bring your own food and drinks
  • noon-11pm | No. Six Depot Café
  • noon-9:30pm | No. Six Depot Snack & Coffee Bar

View each Saturday schedule of the Festival below:

Saturday, July 15

1:30pm | Pre-Show Talk: Paul Taylor Dance Company; FREE
1:45pm | Pre-Show Talk: Roy Assaf Dance; FREE
2pm | Paul Taylor Dance Company in the Ted Shawn Theatre
2:15pm | Roy Assaf Dance performance in the Doris Duke Theatre
4pm | PillowTalk: Paul Taylor at the Pillow; FREE
5:30pm | Guided Tour; FREE
6:15pm | Inside/Out: The School at Jacob’s Pillow Contemporary Program; weather permitting, FREE
noon-final curtain | Explore the Jacob’s Pillow Archives; FREE


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Saturday, July 22

noon | Eiko Otake’s, A Body At The Pillow on the Pillow grounds
1:30pm | Pre-Show Talk: Eiko Otake’s, A Body at the Pillow; FREE
1:45pm | Pre-Show Talk: Aakash Odedra in Rising; FREE
2pm | Eiko Otake’s, A Body At The Pillow on the Pillow grounds
2:15pm | Aakash Odedra in Rising performance in the Doris Duke Theatre
4pm | PillowTalk: Artist-Driven Archives; FREE
5pm | Eiko Otake’s, A Body At The Pillow
on the Pillow grounds
5:30pm | Guided Tour; FREE
6:15pm | Inside/Out: The School at Jacob’s Pillow Contemporary Programweather permitting, FREE
noon-final curtain | Explore the Jacob’s Pillow Archives; FREE


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Saturday, July 29

1:30pm Inside/Out rehearsal: The School at Jacob’s Pillow Contemporary Program; weather permitting, FREE
1:30pm | Pre-Show Talk: Ballet Hispánico; FREE
1:45pm | Pre-Show Talk: Ate9 dANCEcOMPANY; FREE
2pm | Ballet Hispánico performance in the Ted Shawn Theatre
2:15pm | Ate9 dANCEcOMPANY performance in the Doris Duke Theatre
4pm | PillowTalk: Focus on Vision ’22; FREE
5:30pm | Guided Tour; FREE
6:15pm | Inside/Out: The School at Jacob’s Pillow Contemporary Program; weather permitting, FREE
noon-final curtain | Explore the Jacob’s Pillow Archives; FREE


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Saturday, August 5

All Day | Weekend OUT at the Pillow
1:30pm Inside/Out rehearsal: The School at Jacob’s Pillow Musical Theatre Dance Program; weather permitting, FREE
1:30pm | Pre-Show Talk: Doug Varone & Dancers; FREE
1:45pm | Pre-Show Talk: Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion; FREE
2pm | Doug Varone & Dancers in the Ted Shawn Theatre
2:15pm | Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion performance in the Doris Duke Theatre
4pm | PillowTalk: Perspectives on Men in Dance; FREE
5:30pm | Guided Tour; FREE
6:15pm | Inside/Out: The School at Jacob’s Pillow Musical Theatre Dance Program; weather permitting, FREE
noon-final curtain | Explore the Jacob’s Pillow Archives; FREE


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Saturday, August 12

1:30pm | Inside/Out Rehearsal: The School at Jacob’s Pillow Musical Theatre Dance Program; FREE
1:30pm | Pre-Show Talk: Camille A. Brown & Dancers; FREE
1:45pm | Pre-Show Talk: dendy/donovan projects’ Elvis Everywhere; FREE
2pm | Camille A. Brown & Dancers performance in the Ted Shawn Theatre
2:15pm | dendy/donovan projects’ Elvis Everywhere performance in the Doris Duke Theatre
4pm | PillowTalk: A Salute to Barton Mumaw; FREE
5:30pm | Guided Tour; FREE
6:15pm | Inside/Out: The School at Jacob’s Pillow Musical Theatre Dance Program; weather permitting, FREE
noon-final curtain | Explore the Jacob’s Pillow Archives; FREE


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Saturday, August 19

1:30pm | Inside/Out Rehearsal: The School at Jacob’s Pillow Musical Theatre Dance Program; weather permitting, FREE
1:30pm | Pre-Show Talk: Trisha Brown Dance Company; FREE
1:45pm | Pre-Show Talk: Compañía Irene Rodíguez; FREE
2pm | Trisha Brown Dance Company performance in the Ted Shawn Theatre
2:15pm | Compañía Irene Rodíguez performance in the Doris Duke Theatre
4pm | PillowTalk: Cuba’s Changing Dance Scene; FREE
5:30pm | Guided Tour; FREE
6:15pm | Inside/Out: The School at Jacob’s Pillow Musical Theatre Dance Program; weather permitting, FREE
noon-final curtain | Explore the Jacob’s Pillow Archives; FREE


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Saturday, August 26

11am | Dog Dance with Elizabeth Johnson; FREE
1:30pm | Pre-Show Talk: The Washington Ballet; FREE
1:45pm | Pre-Show Talk: The Principles of Uncertainty; FREE
2pm | The Washington Ballet performance in the Ted Shawn Theatre
2:15pm | The Principles of Uncertainty performance in the Doris Duke Theatre
4pm | PillowTalkInside the Dancer’s Art; FREE
5:30pm | Guided Tour; FREE
6:15pm | Inside/Out: Red Sky Performance; weather permitting, FREE
noon-final curtain | Explore the Jacob’s Pillow Archives; FREE


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