Real Good For Free: Free Dance Performances at Jacob’s Pillow

July 6th, 2011, 11:00 am by Sara

Jacob’s Pillow in Becket is revered as a summer nexus for dance, with everything from ballet, tap, and early modern works to showcases of cultural traditions and cutting-edge experimental pieces. Don’t believe me? Check out their nifty new interactive historical archive here.

Their season is already in full swing; Slated for this week is Kidd Pivot Frankfurt RM’s production of Dark Matters, a mystery triller told in dance of a lonely artist who creates a puppet with fateful results, as well as Tangueros del Sur a must-see for tango lovers. Also on display is Annie Leibovistz: Dance, an exhibition of the noted photographers portraits of such luminaries as Suzanne Farrell, Darci Kistler, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Paul Taylor, Merce Cunningham and David Parsons.

Post continues below...
Advertisement

But even if you’re on a strict budget this year (or even if you’re not), The Pillow has ensured that you can still take in some exciting, world-class dance performances with an extensive schedule of free dance performances. Did you hear me when I said FREE?

Here’s the schedule:

(performances at 6:15 unless otherwise noted. Full details here.)

Today (July 6): Mark Stuart Dance Theatre

July 7: University of Massachusetts Amherst Touring Company with guest artists from Something Positive

July 8: Amanda Selwyn Dance Theatre

July 9: The School at Jacob’s Pillow: Samba

July 10: 10:45am New England Tap Ensemble

July 10: 11:45am Alpha Omega Theatrical Dance Company

July 13: Oyu Oro

July 14: Helen Hatch

July 15: Northern California Dance Conservatory

July 16: The School at Jacob’s Pillow: Contemporary

July 20: Baker & Tarpaga Dance Project

July 21: Abakuá Afro-Latin Dance Company

July 22: Stefanie Batten Bland/sbb birdlegs

July 23: The School at Jacob’s Pillow: Contemporary

July 27: Alexandra Beller/Dances

July 28: Korean Traditional Music and Dance Institute

July 29: Decadancetheatre

July 30: The School at Jacob’s Pillow: Contemporary

August 3: Kawamura the 3rd

August 4: Rainwater Dances

August 5: Jennifer Archibald-Arch Dance Company

August 6: The School at Jacob’s Pillow: Jazz/Musical Theatre Dance

August 10: WalkingTalking/Catherine Miller

August 11: Loni Landon-projects

August 12: Flamenco Dance Project

August 13: The School at Jacob’s Pillow: Jazz/Musical Theatre Dance

August 17: Zehnder Dance

August 18: Dorrance Dance

August 19: Lucky Plush

August 20: The School at Jacob’s Pillow: Jazz/Musical Theatre Dance

August 24: Urbanity Dance

August 25: CONTINUUM Contemporary/Ballet

August 26: John Heginbotham

August 27: Juxtapower

MORE REAL GOOD FOR FREE SHOWS, 2011:

Stoptime Louis Armstrong Festival @ various locations, Saratoga Springs (Wednesday, July 6)
Freedom Park, Scotia (7pm on various days)
NYS Summer Writers Institute @ Skidmore College’s Palamountain Hall, Saratoga Springs (8pm on various days)
Monday Night Concerts in the Park @ Veteran’s Memorial Field, Thurman (7pm on Mondays)
Music in the Park @ Schodack Town Park, Schodack (6pm on Tuesdays)
Music in the Park @ Riverfront Park, Rensselaer (6pm on Tuesdays)
Concerts On the Lawn @ the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown (6pm on Tuesdays)
Tuesday Nights in the Park @ Cook Park, Colonie (6:30pm on Tuesdays)
The SCA Summer Concert Series @ the Outdoor Entertainment Center, South Glens Falls (6:30pm on Tuesdays)
Music on Mainstreet @ NBT Bank, Canajoharie (7pm on Tuesdays)
Rockin’ On the River @ the Hedley District Riverfront Parking Lot, River St., Troy (5pm on Wednesdays)
Live On the Lake @ Burbank Park, Pittsfield (6pm on Wednesdays)
Lake George Summer Concert Series @ Shepard Park, Lake George (7:30pm on Wednesdays)
Jazz On Jay @ Jay Street, Schenectady (12noon on Thursdays)
Alive at Five @ Corning Preserve’s Riverfront Park, Albany (5pm on Thursdays)
Concerts in the Park @ Wiswall Park, Ballston Spa (6pm on Thursdays)
Guilderland Performing Arts Center @ Tawasentha Park, Guilderland (7:30pm on Thursdays)
UpBeat on the Roof @ Skidmore College’s Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs (7pm on Fridays)
Improv Records’ Free Fridays @ Shepard Park, Lake George (7pm on Fridays)
Music at Sunset @ Greenport Town Park, Hudson (7pm on Fridays)
Concerts in the Park @ Riverfront Part, Athens (7pm on Fridays)
Canal Square Summer Concert Series @ Canal Square, Cohoes (7pm on Fridays)
Summer Sounds of Salem @ the Main Street Gazebo, Salem (11am on Saturdays)
Performing Arts at the Common @ the Clifton Park Common, Clifton Park (7pm on Sundays)
Skidmore Summer Jazz Institute Concert Series @ Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center, Saratoga Springs (June 28-July 8)
Jazz at the Lake: Lake George Jazz Weekend @ Shepard Park, Lake George (Saturday-Sunday, September 17-18)