Supporting the Arts in Western Massachusetts and Beyond

April 15, 2019

PREVIEW: Jacob's Pillow 2019 Season, Becket, MA

June 19 – August 25, 2019

Irene Rodríguez
photo by Christopher Dugg
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival has the distinction as the longest-running dance festival in the United States, a National Historic Landmark, and a National Medal of the Arts recipient.

The Pillow announces its schedule of Festival 2019, which also marks its 87th season. Featuring more than ten weeks with of over 350 ticketed and free performances, off-site pop-up performances, exhibits, talks, classes, films, and dance parties, and Jacob’s Pillow’s Dance Festival 2019.

This summer’s highlights include U.S. company debuts, world premieres, international artists, Pillow-commissioned work, timeless classics, and anniversary celebrations, bringing an impressive range of dance artists from around the world to the 220-acre campus site in Becket, MA.

Ticketed performances occur every Wednesday through Sunday, and feature:
  • a world premiere in flamenco and Spanish dance from Cuba’s revered Compañía Irene Rodríguez (June 26-30)
  • Compagnie CNDC-Anger/Robert Swinston’s Pillow debut as part of the global Merce Cunningham Centennial celebration (July 3-7)
  • the 50th anniversary of Dance Theatre of Harlem (July 10-14)
  • the return of audience favorite Mark Morris Dance Group (July 17-21)
  • the U.S. debut of London’s Umanoove/Didy Veldman (July 17-21)
  • the world premiere of THE DAY, featuring cellist Maya Beiser and legendary dancer Wendy Whelan with choreography by prolific choreographer Lucinda Childs and music by David Lang (July 31-Aug 4)
  • a Pillow-commissioned world premiere from Andrea Miller’s Gallim (Aug 7-11)
  • and the return of Boston Ballet for the first time in over a decade (Aug 21-25), among others.

Boston Ballet
Photo by Rosalie O'Connor
The Inside/Out Performance Series is one of the Pillow’s most beloved traditions, free outdoor, onstage, every Wednesday through Saturday.

Blake’s Barn, the home of Jacob’s Pillow Archives and exhibit space, highlights notable aspects of the critically-acclaimed Dance We Must exhibit, which was created by the Williams College Museum of Art in 2018.  

For tickets to all performances, check the website at or call the Box Office at 413-243-0745