What is Jacob's Pillow Dance?

Jacob's Pillow Dance is lauded worldwide as a "hub and mecca of dancing" (TIME Magazine), "one of America's most precious cultural assets" (Mikhail Baryshnikov), and "the dance center of the nation" (The New York Times). "The Pillow" is a treasured 220-acre National Historic Landmark, a recipient of the prestigious National Medal of Arts, and home to America's longest-running international dance festival.

Each year thousands of people from across the U.S. and around the globe visit the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts to experience the Festival with more than 50 dance companies and 200 free performances, talks, and events; train at The School at Jacob's Pillow, one of the most prestigious professional dance training centers in the U.S.; explore the Pillow's rare and extensive dance Archives; and take part in numerous Community Programs designed to educate and engage dance audiences of all ages.

What is the performance?

Dances for One Wednesday, July 6
Dances for One features performances from two companies of different dance styles, highlighting the power of solo performance and the mastery of a dancer's relationship to the audience, set to live musical accompaniment.

  • Marina Elana
    Trained by prestigious flamenco artists in Sevilla and Madrid, Spain, Marina Elana has toured both nationally and internationally. Elana presents Seguiriyas, an improvised solo flamenco performance featuring live musical accompaniment by a vocalist and a guitarist.
  • Hari Krishnan of inDance
    Artistic Director Hari Krishnan of Toronto-based inDance presents works that acknowledge the burdens and legacy of Eastern and Western tradition. Krishnan performs solo work Tiger by the Tail, set to live music by inDANCE's resident percussionist Kajajeyan Pararasasegaram.

When and where?

Marina Elana is performing at 6:15 PM on Wednesday, July 6 on the newly rebuilt Henry J. Leir Stage and Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space, an outdoor amphitheatre with a panoramic view of the Berkshires Hills.

The performance is free and open to the public. Audiences of all ages and walks of life travel from around the world and right down the road to meet new people and enjoy the art of dance as a community.

Jacob's Pillow Dance is located at 358 George Carter Road in Becket, Massachusetts.