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SummerArts: Dance

Jacob’s Pillow Dance (Becket, MA)

358 George Carter Road
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(June 20 – August 26) The only dance institution to ever be declared a National Historic Landmark, Jacob’s Pillow is a mecca for dancers and those who love dance. Located on an old mountaintop farm in the Berkshires, the Pillow is full of history, having once been a stop on the Underground Railroad. It’s also a great keeper of dance history, housing the impressive Jacob’s Pillow Archives, a collection of multimedia, correspondence, programs, and costumes.

Attendees of the 75-year old Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival have been present at the launch of Martha Graham’s career, seen world-premiere works from Merce Cunningham and Paul Taylor, watched greats like Margot Fonteyn and Mikhail Baryshnikov perform, and have taken morning dance class with Bill T. Jones. Rising stars, established troupes, and enthusiastic novices all continue to make the pilgrimage to Jacob’s Pillow each summer to watch, learn, and perform dance of all styles.

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Information

  • Public Transportation: Fair (somewhat accessible via Peter Pan or Bonanza bus service and taxi)
  • Handicapped Accessibility: Good
  • Performances/Programs: A summer festival that runs from June to August and celebrates dance of all forms; over 200 free events offered during the season. Performance schedule is Wednesday–Sunday
  • Admission: $29–$58, but many free performances are also a part of the festival; $10 youth tickets offered for some performances. Discounts are available for seniors, college students, and children (ages 8–16). Join E-mail Club to be considered for special offers and ticket giveaways
  • Group Discounts: Discounts are available for groups of 20 or more
  • Subscription/Memberships: A full-season subscription provides the subscriber with the same seat for all 10 shows in the Ted Shawn Theatre, and/or all eight shows in the Doris Duke Studio Theatre. A Flex 5+ subscription allows subscribers to create a unique season by picking five or more shows, any day, any time. Also available is the Youth Matinée series, $10 youth tickets for designated matinée shows that may be more accessible to the whole family. Choose five Youth Matinées for $50. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Benefits include free ticket exchanges, lost ticket replacement, and discounts on additional tickets
  • Educational/Community Outreach: Educational initiatives include the School at Jacob’s Pillow, which offers classes, coaching, master classes, talks, exhibitions, study assignments, and more; and community programs like low-cost dance classes during the festival and dance residencies in area public schools.