Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2018The opening date for America’s longest-running international dance festival, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, is just a month away. If you’ve not already made your plans, now may be your last opportunity to catch this year’s jam-packed season.

Anticipation for the 86th annual return of Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival is running high right now. It’s hard to believe how quickly the first quarter of the year has flown by and now the promise of summer is just weeks away.

Here in the Berkshires, June means Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. The annual festival is a treasure-trove of must-see dance performances. Debuts, world premieres, and collaborations drive the excitement. The festival also offers talks, exhibits, workshops, and more.

Highlights for 2018 include The Royal Danish Ballet, the U.S. debut of Compañía Sharon Fridman, and an artist-curated program by New York City Ballet’s Daniel Ulbricht.

2018 will also see groups like PHILADANCO!, Limón Dance Company, Houston Ballet, and ODC/Dance return to the Pillow after years away.

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival Special Events for 2018 include:

Season Opening Gala – June 16th
The summer kickoff party features exclusive, one-night-only performances, live & silent auctions, dinner, and an after party.

Sunday Film Series – June 24th, July 15th, August 5th
Intimate film showings in Blake’s Barn: “Ingmar Bergman: Through the Choreographer’s Eye” (June 24), “The Dancer” (July 15), and “Gravity Hero” (August 5).

Inside/Out: Translucent Borders – June 27th
This three-day residency brings together more than twenty musicians and dancers from Cuba, Israel, Ghana, Trinidad and Tobago, the United States, and Italy.

All Styles Dance Battle – July 1st
The second annual dance battle will feature Festival artists, participants of The School at Jacob’s Pillow, regional street artists, and surprise judges.

Gotta Dance: New Faces for Broadway – August 19th
Watch as the dancers of the Musical Theatre Dance Program of The School at Jacob’s Pillow perform in a joyous celebration of dance and live music, directed by Broadway’s Chet Walker.

Festival Finale – August 25th
Dance the night away with desserts, drinks, and more at this ultimate end-of-summer celebration on the Pillow’s Great Lawn.

Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival 2018

June 20th through August 26th
358 George Carter Rd, Becket, MA 01223
Visit www.jacobspillow.org for a full schedule, tickets, and other details.

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