Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Going Strong

August 8th, 2009 by Applegate Inn

The arts thrive in the Berkshires near our Lee MA bed and breakfast. Tanglewood is always popular, of course, but so is the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. Over the course of the festival, more than 50 dance companies come to Jacob’s Pillow, where their members are involved in workshops, lectures, and performances, and where they are encouraged to mingle with choreographers, composers, novices, and the public. The atmosphere is charged with creativity on this lovely mountaintop.

Doug Varone at Jacob's Pillow

Doug Varone at Jacob's Pillow

Wednesday August 12 and Sunday August 16 Doug Varone and Dancers bring their “Uninhibited kinetic brilliance” (The New York Observer) to the Ted Shawn Theatre. A writer for The Washington Post once described their movement as “the kind of dancing I might dream about, loose and sweeping in a spirit of exultation.”

The Doris Duke Theatre will present Rubberbandance, the newest work from dancer/choreographer Victor Quijada. According to the Boston Globe, this performance demonstrates an “expansive, sophisticated approach to physicality.” Rubberbandance combines ballet, ballet, contemporary, hip-hop, spoken word and video, and draws the audience into their world. There will be a performance Wednesday, August 12, two performances Saturday, August 15, and one on Sunday, August 16.

Our lodging in the Berkshires is conveniently situated; it is close to Jacob’s Pillow, close to Tanglewood, close to hiking trails and close to fine dining in quaint towns. When you have a little down time, laze with a book by the pool or sip tea on the porch. Be sure you take time to relax during your Berkshires getaway.

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