Massachusetts
Profile Type: Cultural Nonprofit
NEFA Grant Recipient
Cultural Nonprofit
Venue
Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival

Founded in 1933, Jacob’s Pillow is the largest, longest running, and most comprehensive dance festival in the United States. Animated by its mission “to support dance creation, presentation, education, and preservation; and to engage and deepen public appreciation and support for dance,” The Pillow strives to identify outstanding new voices, showcase a wide spectrum of mid-career artists, and provide an artistic home for a handful of the most exceptional artists who return to the Pillow again and again to develop and present their work. 

In additional to its annual Festival featuring 65 national and international companies on three stages, the Pillow hosts dozens of companies and choreographers in the Pillow Lab, a comprehensive creative development residency program; runs a world renowned School for young dancers and choreographers; strives to build deep and relevant connections to local residents, artists, and stakeholders through a robust community engagement program; brings dance into local schools and communities; and is home to the Jacob’s Pillow Archives, which hold more 53,000 catalogued items such as rare films, photographs, documents and memorabilia, and extensive records of all the activities that have occurred at the Pillow since its founding.

Jacob’s Pillow has been described as “the hub and mecca for dancing in North America” (Time) and “the dance center of the nation, possibly the world,” (The New York Times). For its contributions to the cultural life in America, the Pillow was named a National Historic Landmark in 2003—the first and only dance entity to achieve this honor. In 2011, President Barack Obama honored Jacob’s Pillow with the National Medal of Arts Award in recognition of the Pillow’s “outstanding contributions to the excellence, growth, support, and availability of the arts in the United States.” 

In its 86-season history, Jacob's Pillow has presented such distinguished artists as Alvin Ailey, Alicia Alonso, Nina Ananiashvili, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Pina Bausch, Merce Cunningham, Margot Fonteyn, Savion Glover, Cynthia Gregory, Gregory Hines, Judith Jamison, Bill T. Jones, Carmen de Lavallade, José Limón, Mark Morris, Ann Reinking, Antony Tudor, Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Edward Villella, and literally thousands of others.

Additional Links: 
See great dance artists from around the world in Jacob's Pillow performance highlights from past decades to the present. Discover connections and influences among these artists, and test your dance knowledge with our video guessing game.
Check out videos from the Pillow past and present, including a sneak peak at Festival 2019, behind-the-scenes footage, profiles of dancers at The School at Jacob's Pillow, and more.

I Have Worked With

  • Abby Zbikowski and her company will make their Pillow debut with abandoned playground, an adrenaline-inducing sequence of hyper physicality and extreme virtuosity. Creating an intimate setup, nine dancers are pushed to the brink of their capabilities and endurance. All performances will be in the Doris Duke Theatre and will be accompanied by a host of audience engagement activities.

  • Compagnie CNDC-Angers/Robert Swinston makes its Pillow debut with work by one of the greatest artistic innovators of the 20th century as part of the worldwide Merce Cunningham Centennial celebration. The company is led by current director of the National Center for Contemporary Dance in Angers, France, Robert Swinston, a longtime dancer with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, later assistant to the choreographer and finally director of choreography. All performacnes will be in the Ted Shawn Theatre accompanied by audience engagement activities.

  • Dance, music, text, and video come together in David Roussève/REALITY’s new work Halfway to Dawn, a “heartfelt and heart-breaking homage” (Times Quotidian) to Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington’s prolific but long-obscured collaborator, known for singles like “Take the ‘A’ Train”, “Satin Doll”, and “Lush Life”. Developed in part through the Pillow Lab, Jacob's Pillow's creative development residency program, this engagement will be in the Doris Duke Theatre and will be accompanied by a host of audience engagement activities.

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Pamela
Job Title/Position: 
Director
Fax: 
413-243-4744
Mailing Address: 
358 GEORGE CARTER ROAD
BECKET, MA 01223-4001
Physical Address: 
358 George Carter Road
Becket, MA 01223
Last Name: 
Tatge
Phone: 
413-243-9919

About

Profile Type: 
Cultural Nonprofit
Primary Discipline: 
Dance - General
Additional Disciplines: 
Dance - General
Dance - Ballet
Dance - Ethnic
Dance - Hip Hop
Dance - Jazz
Dance - Modern / Contemporary
Dance - Tap / Percussive
Dance - Traditional
Design - General
Year Founded: 
1933
Populations Served: 
Adults
Elders
Families
LGBTQ Populations
School Groups
Teens
Institution/Business Type: 
Performance Facilities
Activities and Services: 
Exhibitions
Film Showings
Performance / Concert / Reading
Preservation / Conservation
Professional Development / Training
Residency - In School
Residency - Production / Development
Venue Rental
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Events Per Year: 
550
Seasons Active: 
Summer
Geographic Reach: 
International

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Member of APNNE or NEP presenters consortium
Awards: 
National Medal of Arts
National Historic Landmark
I am a NEFA Grant Recipient

Accessibility of Services

Access accommodations for people who use a wheelchair and have limited mobility
Access accommodations for people who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing
Accessible website and/or multimedia for people with sensory disabilities

Venue Available for Rent/Use

Venue Name: 
Doris Duke Studio Theatre
Venue Type: 
Theater
Venue Address: 
358 George Carter Road
Becket, MA 01223
Venue Phone: 
413-243-9919
Stage Details: 
Black Box
Seasons Available: 
Spring
Winter
Fall
Venue Features: 
Climate control
Dance floor
Dressing room(s)
Green room
Light system / track lighting
Sound system
WiFi
Venue Capacity: 
250
Venue Accessibility: 
Facility is physically accessible (such as parking, entrances, accessible restrooms, seating, backstage)
Venue Name: 
Ted Shawn Theatre
Venue Type: 
Theater
Venue Address: 
358 George Carter Road
Becket, MA 01223
Venue Phone: 
413-243-9919
Stage Details: 
Proscenium Theater
Seasons Available: 
Spring
Fall
Venue Features: 
Dressing room(s)
Fly space
Loading dock
Movie screen/projection capabilities
Venue Capacity: 
620
Venue Accessibility: 
Facility is physically accessible (such as parking, entrances, accessible restrooms, seating, backstage)