Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival

Pamela Tatge, Jacob’s Pillow artistic director
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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.

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.

Pamela Tatge, Jacob’s Pillow artistic director
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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.

Jacob's Pillow Announces Festival 2018 Lineup

Dec 27, 2017
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Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival’s 2018 season opens June 20th. Earlier this year, the summer destination in Becket, Massachusetts announced its plan to become a year-round center for dance. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Director Pamela Tatge about the upcoming season.

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

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Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival

Six months from today, a major part of what makes the Berkshires special every summer will return for a new season. Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Becket will mark its 85th season, running from June 21 to August 27.

The entrance sign at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival in Becket, Massachusetts
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Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival is internationally known for its summer performance season, but the organization is looking to expand its influence year-round.

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

Ruth David

The longtime leader of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival is leaving for a job with the New York City-based Andrew W. Mellon Foundation later this year. Ella Baff has been the executive and artistic director of the festival, located in Becket, Massachusetts, for the past 17 years. Last summer, ten weeks of events created a record 96,000 visitor experiences. Baff spoke with WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Jim Levulis about her time at Jacob’s Pillow.

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The longtime leader of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival is leaving for a job with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation later this year.

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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.

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.

Enrico Spada / Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park

As the days of August tick away, many Berkshires performance venues are closing the curtains on their summer sessions.

Rogovoy Report for August 8, 2014

Aug 8, 2014

Half a dozen friends who met at Carnegie Mellon School of Drama in 2008 decided to put on a show. No, this is not a joke. The next thing you know, they form a theater company - a grassroots, low finance, but high-tech troupe that stages original stories based on traditional forms like fables and myths, using time-tested theatrical devices including shadow screens, puppetry, flashlights, and original live music performed by the actors.

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The Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival has announced its 2014 season lineup.

The 82nd season of the nation’s longest-running dance festival will showcase 350 performances from June to August. With 52 companies performing on three stages, visitors will be treated to a mix of classic ballet and more modern dance.

Local Ballerinas Experience Worldly Instruction

Aug 28, 2013
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Young ballet dancers from the region had a chance to learn from world-renowned performers in western Massachusetts this week.