Ballet, flamenco, tap and contemporary blues a world of dance comes to the Berkshires and evolves here. Choreographic residencies, creative labs, and collaborations make these hills a creative center and a meeting place for movement of all kinds.
- Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival brings internationally ranked artists to its Becket campus year-round. Their summer festival holds hundreds of talks, films and dance performances, many of them free, and they collaborate with Mass MoCA to host new works and dance parties in North Adams.
- Williams College hosts national and global performers at the ’62 Center, including an annual performance by the New York City Ballet. Students, meanwhile, create and present their own bhangra, step, West African and contemporary rhythms.
- Museums and venues like the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield and PS21 just over the border present a wide range of traditional and contemporary companies.
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.
Hosting theater and dance performances year-round while the college is in session.
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An ever-growing online collection of dance videos filmed at Jacob’s Pillow from the 1930s to today is available free to all.