If you’d like to enjoy some of the great summer performances available in the Berkshire’s, add a trip to Jacob’s Pillow to your list. The Beckett, Massachusetts, organization hosts the oldest internationally acclaimed summer dance festival in the United States.
Not only are the performances at Jacob’s Pillow a marvel to see, but the setting is a showstopper too. The site was originally settled in 1790 and called Jacob’s Ladder because of its hilltop setting and the winding road leading up to it. Because of a pillow-shaped rock on the property, the name was eventually changed to Jacob’s Pillow. In 2003, the venue was declared a National Historic Landmark District for its rich cultural value.
The summer season at Jacob’s Pillow, running from June 20 through August 26, 2018, offers incredible dance talent, covering a range of dance styles—from progressive acrobatic styles to classic ballet. A full listing of the schedule is available on the Jacob’s Pillow website, but to provide a sense of the scope, we’ve included a few of the performances below.
June 20 – August 26, 2018
358 George Carter Road, Becket, MA
Wednesday – Saturday evenings, 8:15 p.m.
Saturday – Sunday matinees, 2:15 pm.
Royal Danish Ballet, with dances from Swan Lake, Giselle, and other classic ballets.
June 20-24, 2018
Ragmala Dance Company, known for rhythmic and imaginative artisty.
June 20-24, 2018
Pilobolus, stunningly creative and intriguing acrobatic dance
June 27 – July 31, 2018
Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui’s Eastman, a multi-cultural ensemble blending everything from hip hop to flamenco
July 11 – 15, 2018
Dorrance Dance, a festival favorite performing a world-premiere commissioned by Jacob’s Dance.
July 18-22, 2018
Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, one of the world’s leading modern dance troupes.
August 1-5, 2018
Houston Ballet, returning after 40 years with a range of classic and contemporary ballet.
August 15-18, 2018
Guests at Staveleigh House can easily combine an afternoon performance at Jacob’s Ladder with dinner in Great Barrington on the way home, making for a wonderful day outing in the Berkshire’s. Call us to book your summer stay!