There’s More Than Just Great Performances at Jacob’s Pillow

Camille A. Brown. Photo by Christopher Duggan, courtesy of Jacob's Pillow

Jacob's Pillow has a long-standing tradition of showcasing the best in dance each summer in Becket, Massachusetts. But did you know that the festival, founded in 1933 by Ted Shawn, offers more than just great live performances? Check out the exhibits, talks and community classes being offered this summer.

Head over to Blake's Barn to see Jacob's Pillow Jumps, a collection of photos of airborne dancers. From Ted Shawn and His Men Dancers to Camille A. Brown, this exhibit doesn't disappoint.

Frequent DT contributor Rose Eichenbaum has been photographing dancers for 30 years. Check out her work in Inside the Dancer's Art, an exhibit in the Ted Shawn Theatre Lobby to kick off the publication of her new book by the same name.

The Principles of Uncertainty, on display in the Doris Duke Theatre Lobby, is a collection of whimsical images by artist and children's book author Maira Kalman. The exhibit occurs in tandem with her recent collaboration with NYC-based Dance Heginbotham.

Don't skip the Jacob's Pillow Archives and Norton Owen Reading Room inside Blake's Barn. Visitors can watch videos, browse books, explore Jacob's Pillow's catalog and look at programs and photos from decades' past.

Can't make it to Jacob's Pillow? Check out the Jacob's Pillow Dance Interactive. The website contains highlights from the past 84 seasons of Pillow performances, as well as essays on tap, women in dance and dance of the African diaspora.

Also available are open community dance classes in the morning at the Ruth St. Denis Studio, an intergenerational dance class on Fridays at the Bakalar Studio, pre-show and post-show talks, class observations and guided tours of the Jacob's Pillow campus. For more info, visit:

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