The fabulous Jacob’s Pillow is coming up to its 80th birthday with strength and vitality to spare. It has been around long enough to claim the title of America’s longest-running international dance festival. It has championed and dancers of all schools going back to 1933 when modern dance was in its infancy and pioneer Ted Shawn bought the place as a retreat for his company of Men Dancers. That was a daring and radical move in its day, year 80 will harken back to that era, with an extraordinary program by the world’s leading men dancers. More about that in a moment.
Nestled in the beautiful Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts, “the Pillow” is acclaimed for its rich history, unique and beautiful location and atmosphere, and forward-thinking international programming of the highest quality. The international celebration of dance, music, the visual arts, and culture begins June 16 with the 80th Anniversary Season Opening Gala and continues through August 26.
The 80th Anniversary Season includes an impressive blend of world premieres, U.S. premieres, live music, company debuts, legendary dance companies, emerging choreographers, and more than 300 ticketed and free events, talks, performances, classes, exhibits, and tours hosted at the Pillow’s 163-acre National Historic Landmark site.