Every year it seems the world of dance turns its attention to the small town of Becket, Massachusetts and the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. Even founder Ted Shawn would be amazed at how his little hideaway in the woods of the Berkshires has grown into the premiere summer destination for thousands of dance lovers. He dreamed of making dance an acceptable occupation for men dancers, and had he lived long enough, he would have seen that dream fulfilled. Dance is now dancers, not gender, and the results are impressive.
Following the record-breaking attendance of Festival 2013, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival plans another blockbuster year as you can see from this 2014 Festival schedule. Jacob’s Pillow is a National Historic Landmark, home to America’s longest-running dance festival, and a recipient of the National Medal of Arts. Noted dance writer Jennifer Dunning has called the Pillow “the dance center of the nation, possibly the world.”
The 82nd Festival season will feature more than 52 companies performing on three stages: the historic Ted Shawn Theatre; the intimate Doris Duke Theatre; and the open-air Henry J. Leir Stage, home to the Pillow’s free Inside/Out Performance Series, which served more than 21,000 community members last season. More than 350 free and ticketed dance performances, talks, tours, exhibits, films, classes, and community events will be offered June 14-August 24, 2014.