This summer’s 80th anniversary season of the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival offers more than 200 free performances, talks, exhibits, and community events from mid-June through August 26 at the Becket, Massachusetts landmark.
Free outdoor Inside/Out performances take place Wednesdays through Saturdays 6:15 to 7pm and include: Hawaiian company Pua Ali’i ’Ilima (June 20), students of The School at Jacob’s Pillow (every Saturday evening), Ian Spencer Bell Dance (July 11), choreographer and Broadway performer Jeremy McQueen (July 27), celebrated dancemaker Molissa Fenley and Dancers (August 17), Houston Met Dance Company (August 26), and many other dance companies.
Free PillowTalks featuring directors, choreographers, visual artists, authors, and filmmakers are set for Fridays at 5pm and Saturdays at 4pm. This year’s schedule includes talks with Morphoses director Lourdes Lopez (June 29), Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater artistic director emerita Judith Jamison (July 13), principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre and the Bolshoi Ballet David Hallberg (August 3), artistic director of The Joffrey Ballet Ashley Wheater (August 24), and many others.
Pre-Show Briefings are given by Pillow scholars 30 minutes before every performance; Post-Show Talks are held Thursdays in the Doris Duke Theatre and Fridays in the Ted Shawn Theatre; and public tours are held Thursdays and Saturdays at 5:30pm. Five free photography and art exhibits are open to the public throughout the Festival, including Decades of Dance, a commemorative exhibit highlighting images from each decade; Old/Pillow, the work of accomplished photographer Toby Old; and Ivan Chermayeff Designs, a look back at the iconic Jacob’s Pillow illustrations and materials created by noted artist and graphic design icon Ivan Chermayeff from the 1980s and ’90s.
Community Dance Day, the annual community-wide celebration, will be held July 1 and focuses on encouraging participation in dance for people of all ages. Arts educators will be welcomed July 27 to 29 for the second annual Arts Educator Weekend, and Weekend OUT, a weekend of welcome for GLBT families, friends, and individuals, will take place August 10 to 12.
For a detailed schedule, visit www.jacobspillow.org.
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