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458 George Carter Road
Becket, MA 01223 United States
413.243.9919 https://www.jacobspillow.org

August 2020

Virginia Johnson – Ballet Master Class

August 4 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, 458 George Carter Road
Becket, MA 01223 United States
Free

The Master Classes Series from The School at Jacob’s Pillow features instruction from world-class artists that work with dancers in each professional development program at The School, which moved its offerings online for the first-time this summer. Master Classes are streamed every Tuesday at 4pm Eastern on YouTube, are open to intermediate/advanced dancers, and are only available for the duration of the class.

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The Land on Which We Dance: One-Year Anniversary Celebration

August 5 @ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, 458 George Carter Road
Becket, MA 01223 United States
Free

In 2019, Jacob’s Pillow hosted a week-long landmark celebration where the campus was illuminated with an exchange of song, dance, and storytelling—bringing together local Indigenous peoples with contemporary artists based in the U.S. and Canada. Sandra Laronde, of the Teme-Augama Anishinaabe (People of the Deep Water) and Artistic Director of Red Sky Performance, worked with Jacob’s Pillow to curate this week-long celebration, in association with Christopher K. Morgan and with support from Larry Spotted Crow Mann. See excerpts of performances and story-telling on the…

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Dance Theatre of Harlem

August 6 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, 458 George Carter Road
Becket, MA 01223 United States
Free

Dance Theatre of Harlem was founded by the late Arthur Mitchell and co-founder Karel Shook in 1969 to create a new vision of ballet as well as an opportunity where none had existed before. Their very first performance was at Jacob’s Pillow. For over 50 years, the company’s signature artistry has challenged expectations, provided a platform for new voices, and broken down barriers. Their Virtual Festival program features highlights from the recent 2019 celebration of the company’s 50th Anniversary and…

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Families Dance Together

August 7 @ 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 3:00 PM on Friday, repeating until August 30, 2020

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, 458 George Carter Road
Becket, MA 01223 United States
Free

Experience the joy of creating simple dances from the comfort of your home in this intergenerational movement class, designed for movers of all ages to enjoy together. From kids to adults, we invite you to get your whole household moving! No special preparation needed; simply register, gather your movers, click the Zoom class link, and start dancing. We encourage you to find a safe, open space to move in and make sure to modify any movement as needed.

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PillowTalk: Liz Lerman’s Wicked Bodies

August 7 @ 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, 458 George Carter Road
Becket, MA 01223 United States
Free

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award winner Liz Lerman will share work-in-progress footage and discuss her newest work, originally scheduled to premiere at the Pillow this season. Wicked Bodies is a fable in which witches along with the natural world are going extinct, the work asks why some knowledge is celebrated, some criminalized, and some erased altogether. Moderated by Pamela Tatge, Executive & Artistic Director of Jacob’s Pillow. This event runs for 45 minutes.

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DELving into Dance History: Divergent Voices

August 8 @ 2:30 PM - 5:00 PM
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One event on August 8, 2020 at 2:30 PM

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, 458 George Carter Road
Becket, MA 01223 United States
$89

Join Director of DEL at Jacob’s Pillow Ann Biddle and DEL Facilitator Felice Santorelli in a NEW online workshop series, DELving into Dance History with Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive. Re-envision embodied dance history using the extensive video and multimedia resources of Jacob’s Pillow. Designed for K-12 dance educators, and college dance history enthusiasts to enhance remote and in-person teaching. With special guest Norton Owen, Director of Preservation at Jacob’s Pillow. DELving into Dance History is designed as an ongoing series. Each two-week course explores different aspects of the Pillow’s Dance…

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Milton Myers – Modern/Horton Technique Master Class

August 11 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, 458 George Carter Road
Becket, MA 01223 United States
Free

The Master Classes Series from The School at Jacob’s Pillow features instruction from world-class artists that work with dancers in each professional development program at The School, which moved its offerings online for the first-time this summer. Master Classes are streamed every Tuesday at 4pm Eastern on YouTube, are open to intermediate/advanced dancers, and are only available for the duration of the class.

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Bereishit Dance Company

August 13 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, 458 George Carter Road
Becket, MA 01223 United States
Free

Founded in 2000 by choreographer Soon-ho Park, Bereishit Dance Company is a Seoul-based dance company that approaches Korean traditional culture from a contemporary view. In a rare U.S. performance, Bereishit made their Pillow debut in 2016. This Virtual Festival stream features the rigorous male duet BOW (that later evolved into the work CONTROL), inspired by the tradition of archery and explores the boundaries of sports and dance, while the intensely physical work Balance and Imbalance features brilliant and fun interplay between five contemporary dancers, a…

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Families Dance Together

August 14 @ 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 3:00 PM on Friday, repeating until August 30, 2020

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, 458 George Carter Road
Becket, MA 01223 United States
Free

Experience the joy of creating simple dances from the comfort of your home in this intergenerational movement class, designed for movers of all ages to enjoy together. From kids to adults, we invite you to get your whole household moving! No special preparation needed; simply register, gather your movers, click the Zoom class link, and start dancing. We encourage you to find a safe, open space to move in and make sure to modify any movement as needed.

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PillowTalk: Dancerly Intelligences

August 14 @ 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, 458 George Carter Road
Becket, MA 01223 United States
Free

Reporting on research residencies involving both dancemakers and technologists, choreographers Brian Brooks, Marjani Forté-Saunders, and Sydney Skybetter shed light on what they’re exploring and learning. Moderated by Maura Keefe, a longtime Pillow Scholar-in-Residence who is Director of the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of Maryland. This event runs for 45 minutes.

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Aszure Barton – Contemporary Master Class

August 18 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, 458 George Carter Road
Becket, MA 01223 United States
Free

The Master Classes Series from The School at Jacob’s Pillow features instruction from world-class artists that work with dancers in each professional development program at The School, which moved its offerings online for the first-time this summer. Master Classes are streamed every Tuesday at 4pm Eastern on YouTube, are open to intermediate/advanced dancers, and are only available for the duration of the class.

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Tero Saarinen Company & The Boston Camerata

August 20 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, 458 George Carter Road
Becket, MA 01223 United States
Free

The resonance of Borrowed Light‘s U.S. premiere in 2006 led to a rare return engagement as part of the Pillow’s 80th anniversary celebration in 2012. The work is inspired by Shaker music and dance, and succeeds in seamlessly integrating singers and dancers onstage to create a work that is unstoppable once it starts. Tero Saarinen Company is based in Finland and in permanent residence at Helsinki’s Alexander Theatre, the former home of the Finish National Opera and Ballet. Artistic director Tero Saarinen…

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Families Dance Together

August 21 @ 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 3:00 PM on Friday, repeating until August 30, 2020

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, 458 George Carter Road
Becket, MA 01223 United States
Free

Experience the joy of creating simple dances from the comfort of your home in this intergenerational movement class, designed for movers of all ages to enjoy together. From kids to adults, we invite you to get your whole household moving! No special preparation needed; simply register, gather your movers, click the Zoom class link, and start dancing. We encourage you to find a safe, open space to move in and make sure to modify any movement as needed.

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PillowTalk: La Meri and Her Life in Dance

August 21 @ 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, 458 George Carter Road
Becket, MA 01223 United States
Free

This champion of cross-cultural dance performances was nearly forgotten, but Nancy Lee Chalfa Ruyter’s new biography sets out to change that, as Ruyter explains how and why. Moderated by Nancy Wozny, editor-in-chief of Arts + Culture Texas and contributor to many dance publications, who has been a Pillow Scholar-in-Residence since 2010. This event runs for 45 minutes.

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Ami Shulman – Contemporary Master Class

August 25 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, 458 George Carter Road
Becket, MA 01223 United States
Free

The Master Classes Series from The School at Jacob’s Pillow features instruction from world-class artists that work with dancers in each professional development program at The School, which moved its offerings online for the first-time this summer. Master Classes are streamed every Tuesday at 4pm Eastern on YouTube, are open to intermediate/advanced dancers, and are only available for the duration of the class.

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And Still You Must Swing

August 27 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, 458 George Carter Road
Becket, MA 01223 United States
Free

Dormeshia, Derick K. Grant, and Jason Samuels Smith are three of the world’s most influential ambassadors of tap. They came together at the Pillow in 2016 along with Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award Winner Camille A. Brown for the world premiere And Still You Must Swing, a show commissioned by Jacob’s Pillow that captures the heart and legacy of tap dance and honors the influence of jazz roots on this outstanding art form. This rhythmic feast features live music, dynamic choreography, stunning improvisation, and…

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Festival Finale: Virtual Dance Party

August 27 @ 8:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, 458 George Carter Road
Becket, MA 01223 United States
Free

See old friends, make a few new ones, toast the performers, and dance a celebratory farewell (to a live DJ set!) as we wrap up this summer’s first-ever Virtual Festival at Jacob’s Pillow. Artists featured in the festival will be there to celebrate as well. Wear clothes you can groove in, and hop onto Zoom for a global moment of movement unlike any we’ve done before. Use the chat function in Zoom to talk directly with partygoers. You can volunteer…

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Families Dance Together

August 28 @ 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 3:00 PM on Friday, repeating until August 30, 2020

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, 458 George Carter Road
Becket, MA 01223 United States
Free

Experience the joy of creating simple dances from the comfort of your home in this intergenerational movement class, designed for movers of all ages to enjoy together. From kids to adults, we invite you to get your whole household moving! No special preparation needed; simply register, gather your movers, click the Zoom class link, and start dancing. We encourage you to find a safe, open space to move in and make sure to modify any movement as needed.

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PillowTalk: Black Artists in Dance Today

August 28 @ 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, 458 George Carter Road
Becket, MA 01223 United States
Free

Theresa Ruth Howard addresses both past practices and the changes afoot in this country’s established institutions, with a panel including Kyle Abraham and John Perpener. A Pillow Scholar-in-Residence and former dancer, Theresa Ruth Howard is the founder and curator of the Memoirs of Blacks in Ballet. This event runs for 45 minutes.

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