• Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award

    Dormeshia Is This Year's Winner

    By: Pillow - Jun 08th, 2021

    The Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award was created in 2007 by an anonymous donor whose commitment to an ongoing annual gift to Jacob’s Pillow of $50,000 is generous and far-reaching. The Award, presented each year to an artist of exceptional vision and achievement, carries a cash prize of $25,000 which the artist can use in any way they wish. Dormeshia is this year's winner.

  • Jacob’s Pillow’s 90th Season

    Chill in Renovated Ted Shawn Theatre

    By: Pillow - Jun 18th, 2022

    Attending a performance in the Ted Shawn Theatre, a renovated barn, at renowned Jacob's Pillow could be a sweltering experience. Having been closed in 2019 it reopens for the 90th season of 2022 with a $9 million upgrade. That features a new cooling and air ventilation system, orchestra pit, expanded accessibility for artists and audience members, an increased stage depth by 10 feet and enhanced technology.  

  • Tanzplattform, HAU, Berlin, Germany

    Hebbel am Ufer (HAU) hosts dance again

    By: Angelika Jansen - Mar 22nd, 2022

    Berlin is dancing again, despite the rumblings of war from the Ukraine. Despite this horrible situation Germany tries to keep going. Against all odds, the Tanzplattform Deutschland returned in 2022.

  • Jacob's Pillow 2022

    Newly Renovated Ted Shawn Theater

    By: Pillow - Feb 02nd, 2022

    Festival 2022, which will feature 10 weeks of on-site programming, opens June 22, and runs through August 28, attracting dance audiences from across the globe to the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts. The season-opening Gala will be held on June 18. The recipient of the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award and the gala program will be announced on March 15.

  • A Crossing: A Dance Musical

    Barrington Stage Presents Powerful New Work for All of America

    By: Charles Giuliano - Oct 02nd, 2021

    While focused on a group of migrants this is the story of all of us. It conveys an America rooted in exclusion, violence and intolerance. This is a stunning new musical for all Americans.

  • Cleo Parker Robinson, Going the Distance

    Celebrating 50 Years of Black dance

    By: Susan Hall - Sep 29th, 2021

    Cleo Parker Robinson is celebrating the 51st anniversary of the founding of her dance troupe. Covid buried the 50th. This celebration had added sizzle.  Live dance is happening at last.

  • Jacob’s Pillow Announces Fall Artist Residencies

    Fourth Year of Pillow Lab

    By: Pillow - Sep 22nd, 2021

    Jacob’s Pillow announces this season’s artist residencies offered at the Pillow Lab, its year-round incubator of new work. The Fall 2021 recipients include jumatatu m. poe and Jermone Donte Beacham, Indigenous Enterprise, Taylor Stanley and Shamel Pitts, and Yve Laris Cohen.

  • Berlin, Tanz im August - 2021

    Berliner Festspiele

    By: Angelika Jansen - Aug 23rd, 2021

    Tanz im August (no translation necessary) opened the way for live performances with and for the public after Covid-19 had stopped all cultural activities since late last year.

  • Albany's The Egg Center for the Performing Arts

    Reopens With Swan Lake

    By: Egg - Jul 21st, 2021

    The production is currently being rehearsed at The Egg PAC, where the Manhattan based professional company has been resident every summer since 2000. “We could not be more excited to be in the theater everyday” says Artistic Director Chiara Ajkun “This long pause has forced us to reflect on the importance of the Arts and the way they shape us as People. I, for one, strongly believe the magic of ballet does not rest in the opulence of sceneries and large ensembles, rather on pure emotion, beauty and magic it creates”. 

  • Jacob's Pillow On the Road

    Free Pop-up Performances

    By: Pillow - Jul 20th, 2021

    Jacob’s Pillow will offer two weekends of free Pillow Pop-Up performances in Berkshire County during the last weekend in July and first weekend in August. Performances will happen on a uniquely designed portable stage and feature local performers, as well as the all-female intergenerational Ladies of Hip-Hop Dance Collective (July 31 – Aug. 1) known for illuminating the strength, power, and diversity of women in hip-hop, and Philadelphia-based Kulu Mele African Dance & Drum Ensemble (Aug. 7-8), dedicated to preserving the traditional dance and music of West Africa and the African diaspora.

  • Archie Burnett's Life Encounters

    At Jacob's Pillow

    By: Pillow - Jul 14th, 2021

    Jacob’s Pillow presents the world premiere of a new work by legendary club dancer Archie Burnett entitled Life Encounters on the Henry J. Leir Stage from July 28 - August 1. Life Encounters explores New York City Club Dance styles through treasured memories from Burnett’s own life with a cast of illustrious dancers including Abdiel Jacobsen, Princess Lockerkoo, Ephrat Asherie, Samara Cohen, Maya Llanos, and Deandre Browne.

  • Tannhäuser at the Munich State Opera

    Awakening to Dissolute Pleasures

    By: Susan Hall - Jul 12th, 2021

    The Munich Opera House may not be the house that Wagner built, but it was an important venue in his career, a place where he conducted, and where his works were premiered.  King Ludwig II insisted that the first two episodes of the Ring premiere here. Wagner had hoped to withhold them for his new Festival Theatre at Bayreuth.  Tannhäuser, whose 2017 production in being reprised in Munich’s annual festival, was an immediate favorite of Ludwig, Wagner’s sponsor and savior. 

  • Jacob's Pillow

    Global Pillow Available Until June 19

    By: Pillow - Jun 14th, 2021

    Did you miss Global Pillow this weekend? There's still time to watch this global celebration of dance!

  • Alvin Ailey Company's 60th Anniversary

    Evening of Robert Battle's Choreography

    By: Susan Hall - Dec 29th, 2018

    Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is celebrating its 60th Anniversary. An improbable start at the same time the civil rights movement was heating up has led to the company's pre-eminent position in dance. Audiences are of all hues and all ages. This year has concluded at their City Center home in New York.

  • Slam! Bang! Wham!

    Elizabeth Streb Returns to Jacob's Pillow

    By: Jessica Robinson - May 16th, 2021

    Elizabeth Streb, the high-octane choreographer known for such risk-taking --and horrifying - feats as setting herself on fire, crashing through glass, and walking down the outside of very tall buildings (London’s City Hall,) returns to the Pillow with her Extreme Action Company for the first time in twenty years.

  • Jacob's Pillow 2021

    Onsite Events Run June 30-August 29

    By: Pillow - Apr 20th, 2021

    Onsite events run June 30-August 29, with online streaming through September 23. Newly imagined—with the safety of artists, staff, and audiences at the forefront of all planning—the Festival will feature commissioned works and world premieres, present new site-specific performances created especially for the Pillow’s 220-acre campus, and engage hundreds of artists who have had incredibly limited performance opportunities for the last year.

  • Julliard :Launches Julliard Live

    Presenting Music, Dance and Drama

    By: Julliard - Apr 08th, 2021

    Juilliard announces the launch of Juilliard LIVE, a new streaming initiative offering performances from across its three divisions—music, dance, and drama—online to a global audience. The broad initiative, part of the school’s long-term strategic plan, was accelerated over the past year when indoor performances were halted due to the pandemic. With a mix of livestreamed and on-demand content, Juilliard LIVE expands student performance opportunities both now and in the future, and it will increase accessibility to the performing arts for audiences around the world.

  • The Attacca Quartet Storms Columbia

    A High Hoedown with Adams, Wiancko, and Gabriella Smith

    By: Susan Hall - Apr 08th, 2021

    The Attacca Quartet won its first Grammy in 2019 for Caroline Shaw’s Orange. They favor music of living composers, as does Melissa Smey, Executive Director of the Arts Initiative and Miller Theatre and the new Lenfest Center for the Arts on the north campus. What was Mozart doing on your birthday? Decomposing.

  • Jacob's Pillow Anounces Season

    Shall We Dance

    By: Pillos - Mar 11th, 2021

    Jacob's Pillow launches its 90th season with continuity as well as renovation and a Dance We Must fundraising campaign. It seeks to raise $2 million toward a goal of $22 million.

  • New York Theatre Ballet Streams Dance and Talk

    Between the Acts on Sundays

    By: Susan Hall - Feb 12th, 2021

    The marvelous New York Theatre Ballet is offering Sunday conversations on dance in their Between the Acts Series.  Agnes de Mille was featured recently.  Diana Byer, the founder of the troupe, spoke with Anderson Ferrell and Diana Gonzalez-Dudert from the De Mille Working group, Broadway dancer and actor Dirk Lumbard, and NYTB’s Elena Zahlmann. Diana Byer, the company's founder, president, and artistic director, has said: "...Right now ballet is dominated by a very athletic style, and it's important that there's not just one style out there. I'm really committed to keeping this other way of working alive, a way that's more about the meaning of a gesture, the feeling of the music, or a story.'

  • A Dancer's Covid Tale

    Chriselle Tidrick's "The Limits of Escape."

    By: Susan Hall - Jan 16th, 2021

    Make Do is not what many artists are doing in the time of Covid. In the process of coping, they have extended boundaries, created new forms, and looked particularly to visual distribution channels  to show their new work. Chriselle Tidrick is a formidable aerial dancer who has also appeared on stilts at the Metropolitan Opera. Here is the dancer herself on how she came to create "The Limits of Escape."

  • Jacob's Pillow Commitment

    Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) at Jacob’s Pillow

    By: Pillow - Dec 17th, 2020

    As an institution that seeks to unite people and communities by celebrating cultural diversity in dance, Jacob’s Pillow has an ongoing responsibility to challenge white supremacy and to disrupt systems of bias and oppression. For the Pillow, this includes bringing under-recognized artists and stories to our stages, including Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), people with disabilities, and LGBTQIA+ artists, as well as increasing support to women choreographers and leaders of companies, and ensuring that people of color who have historically had limited or restricted access have robust opportunities to present, study, and develop work. 

  • San Francisco's Nutcracker

    A Virtual Event

    By: Susan Cohn - Dec 08th, 2020

    During this holiday season if you can't get to the Nutcracker it will come to you. The San Francisco Ballet will stream the Sugarplum Fairies to your very own livingroom. Plan on great family entertainment.

  • I Am Jacob's Pillow

    Help to Rebuild After Recent Fire

    By: Pamela Tatge - Dec 04th, 2020

    Recently the Doris Duke Theatre of Jacob's Pillow was lost in a fire on November 17. You can help to rebuild this landmark of American dance in the Berkshires.

  • Fire at Jacob's Pillow

    Doris Duke Theatre Lost

    By: Pillow - Nov 17th, 2020

    Today, November 17, there was a fire on the campus of Jacob's Pillow in Becket. The Doris Duke Theatre is lost. " We are grateful for the outpouring of support from around the world we have already received. We will rebuild,” says Pamela Tatge, Jacob’s Pillow Artistic & Executive Director.

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