Since Ted Shawn established a revolutionary company for men on a mountaintop more than 85 years ago, Jacob’s Pillow has become a force in the international world of dance.
From June to August, in its annual summer series, the Pillow hosts more than 50 dance companies and 200 free performances from contemporary to flamenco, tap and blues, bharata natyam and Indian classical dance, contemporary, ballet, jazz, hip hop, Argentine malambo and more.
In summer, the Pillow School also draws in students and instructors from across the globe and across many disciplines, and the dancers give free performances as part of ongoing series of free dance on the Inside / Out stage.
Time magazine has called the festival “a hub and mecca of dancing” ; Mikhail Baryshnikov has named it one of America’s most precious cultural assets, and the New York Times has recognized it as the dance center of the nation.
In the cooler season, the Pillow hosts residencies, dance parties and occasional public performances at its main campus and collaborates with Mass MoCA to present live performances at the museum in North Adams.
The festival is based in Becket, about an hour’s gentle and scenic drive south of Williamstown, making it an easy day-trip or evening out from here.