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Monterey Fire Department

Last month, the Berkshire arts community was shocked by the sudden fire that incinerated the Doris Duke Theatre on the campus of Becket, Massachusetts dance center Jacob’s Pillow. WAMC checked in with Executive and Artistic Director Pamela Tatge about how the Pillow is recovering, its plans for 2021, and the investigation into the fire.

Fire fighters and a fire truck are in front of a burning wooden building
Monterey Fire Department

A fire destroyed a theater at the Berkshire County dance center Jacob’s Pillow early this morning.

Becket, Massachusetts is a rural Berkshire community of just under 2,000 in the wooded hills of the county’s eastern edge. This week, WAMC spoke with select board vice chair Michael Lavery about how the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic downturn is affecting the town. Dance center Jacob’s Pillow, one of Becket’s biggest cultural landmarks, canceled its summer festival for the first time in its 88-year history. Last month, Lavery was re-elected to a second term.

Jacob's Pillow - All Styles Dance Battle 2018
Christopher Duggan / Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival

Becket, Massachusetts dance center Jacob’s Pillow has announced the full schedule for its virtual summer festival.

Two older white men stand in front of a marble colonnade
Josh Landes / WAMC

As COVID-19 related closures wreak havoc on Berkshire County cultural institutions, two state legislators are moving to create a relief fund to support them.

Hayim Heron

Becket, Massachusetts dance center Jacob’s Pillow has canceled its annual summer festival for the first time in its 88-year history due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s just the latest arts world casualty of the disease in an area that relies on summer cultural tourism. WAMC spoke with Director Pamela Tatge about the cancellation and its impacts on the center’s staff and budget.

The entrance sign at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Massachusetts
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Becket, Massachusetts dance center Jacob’s Pillow has canceled its summer festival for the first time in its 88-year history.

The entrance sign at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Massachusetts
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Becket, Massachusetts dance center Jacob’s Pillow is preparing for its winter and spring programming.

Gallim in "Pupil" - black and white photo of dancers doing modern/contemporary dance
Franziska Strauss

Jacob’s Pillow’s Dance Festival 2019 continues with world premieres, new commissions, international artists, anniversary celebrations, Pillow-exclusive engagements, and work developed at the Pillow Lab.

Celebrating its 87th consecutive summer, Jacob’s Pillow is home to the longest-running dance festival in the United States, a National Historic Landmark, a National Medal of Arts recipient, and has steadily expanded its reach in the field and its local community as a year-round center for dance research and development.

Festival 2019 continues for another month, attracting audiences both on and off its site in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, through August 25th. To tell us more, we welcome Jacob’s Pillow Director Pamela Tatge.

This is a picture of Pamela Tatge, the newly-named executive director of Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival.
Perceptions Photography / Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival

Earlier this month, Pamela Tatge, director of Jacob’s Pillow, wrote an op-ed in the Berkshire Eagle about a story she heard from a patron who attended the Becket, Massachusetts dance center’s June gala. What she heard shocked her, and forced her to reflect on how the institution could work to combat racism. Tatge spoke with WAMC about the incident.

Jacob's Pillow - All Styles Dance Battle 2018
Christopher Duggan / Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival

Jacob’s Pillow’s Dance Festival 2019 is now underway which includes world premieres, new commissions, international artists, anniversary celebrations, Pillow-exclusive engagements, and work developed at the Pillow Lab.

Entering its 87th consecutive summer, Jacob’s Pillow is home to the longest-running dance festival in the United States, a National Historic Landmark, a National Medal of Arts recipient, and has steadily expanded its reach in the field and its local community as a year-round center for dance research and development.

Festival 2019 opens tomorrow, attracting audiences both on and off its site in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, through August 25th. To tell us more, we welcome Jacob’s Pillow Director Pamela Tatge.

The entrance sign at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Massachusetts
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Jacob’s Pillow has announced its schedule for 2019.

Carl Van Vechten / United States Library of Congress

Trailblazing dance icon Arthur Mitchell died this week at 84. WAMC’s Josh Landes reports his legacy is being celebrated in the Berkshires.

Pamela Tatge, Jacob’s Pillow artistic director
Hayim Heron/Jacob’s Pillow Dance

Each year thousands of dance enthusiasts visit the Berkshires to experience the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival with more than 50 dance companies and 200 free performances, talks, and events; to train at The School at Jacob’s Pillow, to explore the Pillow’s rare and extensive dance archives; and to take part in numerous community programs designed to educate and engage dance audiences of all ages.

This weekend alone, Jacob’s Pillow will present Houston Ballet; a work by Obie and Lucille Lortel Award-winning choreographer Sonya Tayeh; and, on Sunday, a program entitled “Gotta Dance: New Faces for Broadway.”

Pamela Tatge is the Director of Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival and she joins us.

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Tonight, a globetrotting project that explores dance and music at borders debuts in the Berkshires.

Each July and August the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA) produces a public program series that offers a playful taste of the academic experience. This summer the series titled "Ologies" is digging into some of the quirkiest fields of study.

Also on WCMA’s summer agenda is the exhibition “Dance We Must: Treasures from Jacob’s Pillow, 1906-1940” which explores the contributions of Jacob's Pillow founder Ted Shawn and the iconic Ruth St. Denis to American modern dance.

Gathering over 350 materials, the exhibition contextualizes the pioneering work of Shawn and St. Denis within the scope of American art history through artifacts that have never been seen before.

Jacob’s Pillow Swings Into Year-Round Schedule

Mar 22, 2018
The entrance sign at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Massachusetts
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Jacob’s Pillow has been a seasonal dance center for more than eight decades. Now, it’s becoming a year-round venue. 

Pamela Tatge, Jacob’s Pillow artistic director
Hayim Heron/Jacob’s Pillow Dance

Jacob's Pillow has announced their full season lineup for Festival 2018, including U.S. company debuts, world premieres, International Artists, newly commissioned work, rich historic Festival connections, and the formal presentation of work developed through the organization's growing residency program at the Pillow Lab.

Jacob's Pillow is the longest-running dance festival in the United States, a National Historic Landmark, a National Medal of Arts recipient, and has recently expanded to become a year-round center for dance research and development. Festival 2018 opens on June 20, engaging visitors and community members from throughout the region and beyond, on and off-site, through August 26.

They aren’t resting during the winter months - Jacob's Pillow Director Pamela Tatge joins us.

Roberto Leon

Now wrapping up its 85th season, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Massachusetts had a banner year.

Jacob's Pillow Has A Vision For 2022

Jul 3, 2017
Pamela Tatge
Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival

A summer dance destination for decades, Jacob’s Pillow has put together a new strategic plan in a bid to become a year-round center. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Executive Director Pamela Tatge about her vision for the future.

Jacob's Pillow Changes Things Up This Summer

Jun 29, 2017

Jacob's Pillow is celebrating its 85th anniversary, but its new leader has been trying to change things up this year. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Executive Director Pamela Tatge about what’s going on this summer at the center for dance in Becket, Massachusetts. 

The entrance sign at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Massachusetts
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival is internationally known for its summer performance season, but the organization is looking to expand its influence year-round.

Pamela Tatge
Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival

WAMC's Alan Chartock speaks with the new Director of Jacob's Pillow, Pamela Tatge.

This is a picture of Pamela Tatge, the newly-named executive director of Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival.
Perceptions Photography / Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival

As Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival enters its 84th season, a new executive director will take the reins of the cultural attraction in Becket, Massachusetts.

Jim Levulis / WAMC

People touring the grounds of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Massachusetts can now delve into the history of dance thanks to a recently completed expansion. But another project means people thousands of miles away can also catch a glimpse.

  Jacob’s Pillow in Beckett, MA is celebrating its 83rd Festival this Summer.

It is a National Historic Landmark, recipient of the National Medal of Arts, and home to America's longest running international dance festival.

We are joined this morning by the Pillow’s Director of Preservation, Norton Owen.

  Cultural partners Jacob’s Pillow Dance and MASS MoCA present KEIGWIN + COMPANY this weekend - April 11 and April 12 at the Hunter Center at MASS MoCA.

A favorite among dance audiences and critics, KEIGWIN + COMPANY will bring a mixed program featuring a variety of diverse contemporary works that embody the company’s signature wit, broad musicality, and profound emotional capacity.

David Bazemore

Coming off a record-breaking season with more than $2 million in ticket sales, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival will offer a range of performances and events in 2015. And for public radio listeners things will sound off with a familiar voice in a unique setting.

David Bazemore

Coming off a record breaking season with more than $2 million in ticket sales, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival has unveiled the performers who will take to its stages in 2015. For public radio listeners, things will sound off with a familiar voice telling you to stay “stay with us.”

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Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival is showcasing a final performance for the latest edition of its Curriculum in Motion program. In the program, third graders at Pittsfield’s Conte Community School engaged in dance to better understand mathematical fractions.

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