18 Aug 2021



High-Flying Fun: STREB Performances Start Tonight
Performing at Jacob's Pillow for the first time since 1997, the STREB Extreme Action Company will take to the outdoor Henry J. Leir Stage August 18-22.

The company revisits their roots with a retrospective of Elizabeth Streb’s classic solos from the '70s and '80s, early equipment experimentations from the '90s, and jaw-dropping extreme action opuses with the large scale "action machines" the company has since become known for. This historic look back connects their experimental path with the extreme action of their current and future works.

Don't miss out! Purchase tickets now to experience this action-packed performance. 

An online presentation of this event will be available to stream for free September 2-16. Reserve your ticket here. This presentation will include closed captions.
Coming Up Next: August 17-22
This week: STREB performs on the outdoor Henry J. Leir Stage (Wednesday through Sunday), then leads an in-person workshop on Sunday morning. On Saturday at noon, we hope you will come connect and groove with us at the Pillow's first-ever Soul Line Dance Party. Then on Sunday afternoon, join us onsite for a live PillowTalk with Elizabeth Streb, who will discuss "extreme action" and how her work challenges assumptions of art, aging, injury, gender, and human possibility. 

Online, the full-length film of Dallas Black Dance Theatre's Pillow debut premieres Thursday, and will be available streaming free on-demand for two weeks. On Friday, catch the YouTube debut of our recent PillowTalk with Melissa M. Young, Artistic Director of Dallas Black Dance Theatre. Families Dance Together returns this Friday for a free virtual class for movers of all ages. And on Sunday morning, we host a special DELving Mini Workshop with Dallas Black Dance Theatre.

jumatatu m. poe Performs August 26-28
In a special evening presentation across the Pillow grounds, jumatatu m. poe and collaborator Jerome Donte Beachman present a work from their series Let 'im Move You.

Let ’im Move You, poe and Beachman distill their decade-long research into J-Sette performance, a call-and-response dance form that originated in the early 1980s among Black southern U.S. majorette lines at historically Black colleges and universities. An amalgam of the performance and complexities of Black joy, poe and Beacham's performance investigates rhythm, pattern, and attention.

See this performance live at the Pillow August 26-28!
Take a Seat for the Shawn
We are looking for 50 people who care deeply about the Pillow to name a seat in the renovated Ted Shawn Theatre in time for Festival 2022, and our 90th Anniversary!

Celebrate a Birthday or a special anniversary, honor someone you love, or make an "in memory of" gift. Become part of the future of Jacob’s Pillow and help us renovate and expand the stage, provide more services for dancers, and add air conditioning!
Honoring Warren Davis
We're so happy to announce the renaming of our welcome center in honor of Warren Davis, the pioneering Black businessman who provided the immense beams for the Ted Shawn Theatre.

The welcome center has officially reopened as the Warren Davis Welcome Center. We invite you to watch a recent PillowTalk between local historian Bernard Drew and our Director of Preservation Norton Owen with a special guest appearance by Warren Davis' nephew, Wray Gunn.
Your contribution helps Jacob’s Pillow support dance creation, presentation, education, and preservation, and help us harness the community-building power of dance. To support Jacob's Pillow, visit jacobspillow.org/donate or text PILLOW to 41444.
Major support for Jacob's Pillow is provided by the following institutions:

STREB; photo Ralph Alswang. Dallas Black Dance Theatre; photo Jamie Kraus. PillowTalk with Melissa M. Young; photo Jamie Kraus. Families Dance Together; photo Cherylynn Tsushima. STREB; photo courtesy of STREB. Soul Line Dance Party; photo courtesy of Soul Line Dance Party. jumatatu m. poe; photo Ian Douglas. Take a Seat; photo Jamie Kraus. Warren Davis; photo unknown.
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