Bring family and friends of all ages to the Inside/Out series, offering free outdoor performances by emerging and established dance companies and presentations by dancers of The School at Jacob's Pillow every Wednesday through Saturday at 6:15pm during the Festival. See below for our 2016 Inside/Out performance and class schedule.

The newly rebuilt Henry J. Leir Stage and Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space, comprise this outdoor amphitheatre with a panoramic view of the Berkshires Hills. An essential part of the Pillow's mission and a beloved tradition, Inside/Out performances are 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.

Every year Inside/Out performances feature a variety of styles. Past performances have included classical ballet, tap, jazz/musical theatre dance, hip-hop, flamenco, traditional Korean dance, India's bharata natyam, and many other genres. Performances are family-friendly and are followed by a brief question and answer session with the audience. 

Patrons are welcome to arrive early to claim a seat or to bring chairs from home. Food and drink are welcome in the performance space. 

Artists interested in the Inside/Out series should click here for information.


What happens when it rains?

In the event of rain, most Festival events continue as scheduled. The 6:15pm Inside/Out performance may be cancelled or moved indoors to a studio seating 80 or fewer people, and seats are distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. When possible, a live video simulcast with limited seating is offered in a nearby studio. Call the Box Office at 413.243.0745 after 5pm to find out if the Inside/Performance has been moved indoors and what to expect regarding indoor availability.


FESTIVAL 2016 FREE INSIDE/OUT SERIES
All performances take place at 6:15pm at the outdoor Marcia & Seymour Simon Performance Space.

The Bang Group | Wednesday, June 22
Delightfully family-friendly, The Bang Group bridges percussive and contemporary forms with wit and ingenuity. The Bang Group brings its signature comedic performances paired with a charming theatricality to the outdoor stage.

Emery LeCrone Dance | Thursday, June 23
Founded in 2013, Emery LeCrone Dance creates innovative contemporary ballet works in collaboration with distinguished composers, musicians, and designers. The company will present Ritornare and The Innermost Part of Something.

Urban Bush Women | Friday, June 24
From the female perspective of the African Diaspora community, Urban Bush Women (UBW) seeks to bring the stories of disenfranchised people to light through dance. In this interactive lecture demonstration, UBW blends dialogue and movement to give audiences the opportunity to learn methodology and view its repertory. 

Ballet Program of The School at Jacob's Pillow | Saturday, June 25
Dancers from the Ballet Program of The School at Jacob's Pillow present a work choreographed by Boston Ballet principal dancer Yury Yanowsky originally created on the dancers only four days prior to their performance at the Pillow's Season Opening Gala. The students will also perform classical variations coached by program director Anna-Marie Holmes.

DANCEWAVE COMPANY | Wednesday, June 29
DANCEWAVE is a Brooklyn-based non-profit organization that employs a rigorous pre-professional dance training program as the medium for education, artistic expression, and empowerment of urban youth. The young dancers of the company will perform works by Gallim Dance Artistic Director Andrea Miller and the critically-acclaimed Pavement by Kyle Abraham.

Ate9 dANCEcOMPANY | Thursday, June 30
Los Angeles-based Ate9 dANCEcOMPANY strives to promote the power of the arts by bringing people together through dance experiences in the Gaga technique. The evening will include focus on the many layers of dance making in Going Solo, which includes a collection of solos and an intermittent Q&A session choreographed and hosted by Agami.

The WonderTwins | Friday, July 1
The WonderTwins Billy and Bobby McClain are talented identical twins from Boston who have created a distinctive style all their own. Through hip-hop, the sophistication of the glory days of the Cotton Club, the flash of Rat Pack era Las Vegas, blended with elements of vaudeville, animation, robot, tap, and mime, That's Entertainment showcases their signature theatrical style.

Improv Traditions and Innovations: From Ring Shout to Blues to Jazz Program of The School at Jacob's Pillow | Saturday, July 2
Dancers from The School's new Cultural Traditions program, Improv Traditions and Innovations: From Ring Shout to Blues to Jazz present a variety of dances, coached by program director and Urban Bush Women founder Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, and Junebug Productions Artistic Director Stephanie McKee.

Dances for OneWednesday, 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.

  • 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.

  • Marina Elana of Marina Elana and Company
    Trained by prestigious flamenco artists in Sevilla and Madrid, Spain, Marina Elana has toured both nationally and internationally. Elana presents Marina Magalhães, an improvised solo flamenco performance featuring live musical accompaniment by a vocalist and a guitarist.

Calpulli Mexican Dance Company | Thursday, July 7
New York City-based Calpulli Mexican Dance Company focuses on stories, histories, and messages that can be captured in folkloric, contemporary, and classically-influenced interpretations of Mexican and Mexican-American culture. The program will feature a cross section of the company's repertoire from Aztec-inspired rituals to the Caribbean-infused rhythms of the Gulf coast set to Mariachi serenades played live.

Christopher Ruud & The Stars of Ballet West | Friday, July 8
Christopher Ruud & The Stars of Ballet West brings Ballet West's diverse and expansive repertoire to intimate venues. For more than 50 years, Salt Lake City's Ballet West has brought the very best of classical and contemporary dance to theaters and opera houses world-wide.

Improv Traditions and Innovations: From Ring Shout to Blues to Jazz Program of The School at Jacob's Pillow | Saturday, July 9
Dancers from The School's new Cultural Traditions program, Improv Traditions and Innovations: From Ring Shout to Blues to Jazz Program present a variety of dances, coached by program director and Urban Bush Women founder Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, and Fulbright Fellow Nia Love.

DanceTheYard | Wednesday, July 13
Led by The Yard's Executive Director Alison Manning and Director of Island Programs & Education Jesse Keller, DanceTheYard (DTY) is the resident dance collective of The Yard at Martha's Vineyard. In an effort to support emerging choreographers, DTY's directors work with a collective of professional artists to create an emerging body of work for presentation locally and nationally.

Kevin Jenkins | Thursday, July 14
Prolific choreographer and faculty member of the Boston Ballet School, Kevin Jenkins has choreographed for Western Ballet, Convergence Ballet, Terpsicore Dance Company, Mirable Ballet, Bellingham Repertory Dance, and the School of Ballet Arizona among others. This presentation showcases Jenkin's work from the last two years, highlighting his signature musicality in works ranging from contemporary to jazz and neo-classical ballet.

SOLE Defined | Friday, July 15
Founded in 2011, SOLE Defined is a percussive dance company based in Washington, DC and led by Cirque du Soleil's Ryan K. Johnson and award winning choreographer Quynn Johnson. Tap dance meets body percussion in SOLE Defined's interactive and family-friendly performance of MOTAPs. A fusion of Motown's top hits and dynamic movement, the show features traditional sand dance, tap, stepping, and body percussion. FREE

Contemporary Program of The School at Jacob's Pillow | Saturday, July 16
Dancers from the Contemporary Program of The School at Jacob's Pillow present contemporary variations coached by program director Milton Myers and esteemed faculty member and Colombo-Belgian choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa.

New Work from NYCWednesday, July 20
The Inside/Out program will feature a compilation of new works recently choreographed by male artists based in and around NYC. This curated engagement is a two-part series and includes the August 24 Inside/Out engagement titled Women Making Work.

  • UNA Projects
    Drawing inspiration from film, psychology, humor, and love, UNA Projects is led by the artistic vision of Chuck Wilt of MADBOOTS DANCE in fresh and highly physical dances. The company will present an excerpt from Bronco.

  • Kyle Marshall Choreography
    Kyle Marshall Choreography is under the direction of dancer/choreographer Kyle Marshall of Doug Elkins Choreography. The company will present Excerpts of Roam, inspired by the physical and social effects of urban planning.

  • Abarukas
    Led by Artistic Director and choreographer Yoshito Sakuraba of Japan, New York City-based Abarukas brings intricate movement patterns, compelling storytelling, and emotionally evocative soundscapes to the outdoor stage. The company's No Man is an Island explores lost connections and a struggle to decipher reality from imagination.

Caleb Teicher & Company | Thursday, July 21
Founded in 2012, Caleb Teicher & Company presents a blend of traditional American dance forms including tap dance, lindy hop, and vernacular jazz. The company will present a range of works including I Love You So Much, Variations, Small & Tall, and a solo by Teicher.

The Chase Brock Experience | Friday, July 22
Brooklyn-based "candy-bright company" (The New Yorker) The Chase Brock Experience is led by Broadway choreographer Chase Brock. Equal parts Brooklyn and blue grass, the company will present The Song That I Sing; Or, Meow So Pretty set to the songs of folk revival group The New Christy Minstrels.

Contemporary Program of The School at Jacob's Pillow | Saturday, July 23
Dancers from the Contemporary Program of The School at Jacob's Pillow present contemporary variations coached by program director Milton Myers and a guest choreographer.

Dances for Two | Wednesday, July 27
Dances for Two features an evening of works dedicated to exploring the performance of the pas de deux.

  • Donnell Oakley Makes Dances
    Donnell Oakley is a Brooklyn-based choreographer, dancer, and teacher. In sure i'm sure, Oakley and performer Courtney Drasner explore one's vulnerability in the face of the unknown in charming and intimate ways.

  • Schoen Movement
    Emily Schoen approaches dance as a humanized, heartening, musical, and highly technical form of physical art. Schoen Movement returns to Inside/Out with a hypnotic new a modern tango duet.

  • Manuel Vignouelle - M/motions 
    Based in New York City, French choreographer Manuel Vignoulle of Manuel Vignouelle-M/motions fuses classical styles with contemporary gesture. Vignouelle and fellow dancer Rena Butler perform the powerful duet Black & White set to music by Icelandic duo Jonsi & Alex.

Dark Circles Contemporary Dance | Thursday, July 28
Founded in 2010 in Seoul, South Korea and with an American branch based in North Texas, Dark Circles Contemporary Dance (DCCD) explores the depth of human connection within a multicultural framework. DCCD features innovative combinations of classical technique and modern movement styles with a dynamic company of performers. The program will include the critically acclaimed Aimless Young Man and a world premiere work titled 1998.

Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble | Friday, July 29, 6:15pm
Based in Philadelphia, PA, Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble presents a unique, cross-cultural blend of Ukrainian and American aesthetics derived from classical, contemporary, and folkloric styles. The ensemble's performances reflect the spirit and character of the Ukrainian people from pre-Christian traditions to the many regional styles of modern day Ukraine.

Contemporary Program of The School at Jacob's Pillow | Saturday, July 30
Dancers from the Contemporary Program of The School at Jacob's Pillow present contemporary variations coached by program director Milton Myers and a guest choreographer.

Francine E. Ott/The Walk | Wednesday, August 3
Francine E. Ott/The Walk presents a spiritual hybrid of hip hop, house, modern, and African dance unfolding the universal story of loss, redemption and healing. The program will include the quartet James as well as In the Heart of Those He Desires, Acceptance, and Undivided

Kate Wallich + The YC | Thursday, August 4
Founded in 2010, Seattle-based Kate Wallich + The YC utilizes highly-crafted dance movement to create immersive performances. The company will perform excerpts of post-internet generation-inspired Splurge Land set to an original score by Johnny Goss and the company's newest work, Industrial Ballet.

Preeti Vasudevan & Thresh Performing Arts Collaborative | Friday, August 5
Based in New York City, Thresh Performing Arts Collective is led by Preeti Vasudevan and explores the juxtaposition of traditional Indian dance forms and modern theories of movement and expression. The company's performance will include Veiled Moon, inspired by the life and works of famed 18th century poet Mah Laqa Bai Chanda, as well as the bare bones new classical work Boxed, set to live music.

Musical Theatre Dance Program of The School at Jacob's Pillow | Saturday, August 6
The international students from the Musical Theatre Dance program of The School at Jacob's Pillow perform repertory works to live music coached by program director, Tony Award winner, and Broadway veteran Chet Walker.

RAWdance | Wednesday, August 10
Founded in 2004, San Francisco-based RAWdance brings intellectually and emotionally layered work to transform audiences. The company will present excerpts from Double Exposure, reversing the traditional creation process by using two dancers and 16 choreographers.

Soul Steps | Thursday, August 11
Founded in 2005 by Maxine Lyle, New York City-based Soul Steps embraces the rich African American tradition of stepping by using the body as a percussive instrument to explore the language of rhythm. The performance will feature the local Youth Alive Step Company based in Pittsfield, MA., in an interactive hip-hop infused jam session.

FJK Dance | Friday, August 12
A unique mix of ballet and ballroom, Middle Eastern and jazz dance, New York City-based FJK brings ballroom elegance and glamour to the Inside/Out series. Set to music by Benny Goodman, John Klemer, and Dave Brubeck, and choreographed by Iraqi-born Artistic Director Fadi J. Khoury, Take Two embraces the sophistication ballroom infused it with a fresh theatricality.

Musical Theatre Dance Program of The School at Jacob's Pillow | Saturday, August 13
The international students from the Musical Theatre Dance program of The School at Jacob's Pillow perform repertory works to live music coached by program director, Tony Award winner, and Broadway veteran Chet Walker.

Kilowatt Dance Theatre | Wednesday, August 17
Delightfully family-friendly, New York City-based Kilowatt Dance Theatre (formerly known as Hell's Kitchen Kilowatts) returns to the Inside/Out series with their signature blend of high energy swing-era jazz dances such as Shag, Lindy Hop, and Charleston with a contemporary twist.

Elisabeth Motley/Motley Dance | Thursday, August 18
Brooklyn-based Elisabeth Motley/Motley Dance presents an embodied performance practice that explores light, pattern, mass and wave in Flinch. Created in collaboration with dancers Lea Fulton, Alvaro Gonzalez and Ariel Lembeck, with original sound score performed and created by electronic musician Zubin Hensler, the performers use improvisation and dialogue to create the movement.

Loren, Royse & Co. in SpunFriday, August 19
A blend of dance, physical comedy, and Cyr wheel, Spun follows a character and his ability to overcome his struggles with the help of others. The work is created by dancer, choreographer, and world champion for the U.S. in wheel gymnastics Courtney Giannone and current Broadway performer (Fiddler on the Roof) Jonathan Windham.

Musical Theatre Dance Program of The School at Jacob's Pillow | Saturday, August 20
The international students from the Musical Theatre Dance program of The School at Jacob's Pillow perform repertory works to live music coached by program director, Tony Award winner, and Broadway veteran Chet Walker.

Women Making WorkWednesday, August 24
Women Making Work is an opportunity to see exciting works by talented female choreographers in multiple genres based in the arts hub of New York.

  • Tiffany Mills Dance Company
    Founded in 2002, Brooklyn-based Tiffany Mills Dance Company collaborates with artists across mediums to create an intellectually and aesthetically unique experience. The company will present excerpts from Mills' highly-physical, utopic work After the Feast.

  • Nadine Bommer Dance Company
    Founded by Israeli choreographer Nadine Bommer, New York City-based Nadine Bommer Dance Company brings exciting dance theatre work to the Inside/Out series. Inspired by the film Team America, American Cinema is a theatrical dance comedy that explores cinematic characters' movement through dancers and marionettes.

  • Yin Yue Dance
    Yin Yue is the artistic director of New York City-based Yin Yue dance ensemble. The company will present a new work showcasing Yue's signature precise movement and thrilling soundscape.

American College Dance Association Gala Highlights | Thursday, August 25
The American College Dance Association (ACDA) promotes the diversity and growth of university dance departments across the U.S. Selected by esteemed judges from regional and national conferences, the evening's work will be comprised of rising collegiate choreographers and performers from a wide range of universities.

Just Sole! Street Dance Theater Company | Friday, August 26
Family-friendly and Philadelphia-based Just Sole! uses hip-hop and street dance forms to empower others to embrace and voice their personal stories while exploring the culture and history of these dance styles. The evening's program will include Who I Am, Brave New World, The Good Man's Plight, and In Between the Lines.

Nico Brown | Saturday, August 27
New York City-based artist Nico Brown has been lauded as a "powerful [dancer] with smart ideas" (Siobhan Burke, The New York Times). With roots in rural Illinois, Brown draws inspiration from the expansive landscapes of his youth. His program includes the new work This is not a letter by my arms around you for a brief moment and the solo Nation.  Brown is an alumnus of The School at Jacob's Pillow's Intern Program. FREE


CLASSES WITH INSIDE/OUT ARTISTS
All classes take place at 4pm in the Ruth St. Denis Studio. 
Pre-registration is required. Participants younger than 18 will require a parent's signature on a liability waiver.

Gaga with Daniele Agami of Ate9 dANCEcOMPANY | Thursday, June 30
Former Batsheva Dance Company member Danielle Agami gives a master class in the Gaga technique created by Israeli choreographer, teacher, and artistic director Ohad Naharin. A structured improvisation meant to create awareness of the body.
Open to all experience levels, ages 16+; $10 per person. 

Ballet Barre with Kevin Jenkins | Thursday, July 14
Boston Ballet faculty member Kevin Jenkins teaches an all-levels ballet barre class.
Open to all experience levels, ages 12+; $10 per person.

Swing with Caleb Teicher | Thursday, July 21
Acclaimed dancer, choreographer, and alumnus of the School at Jacob's Pillow, Caleb Teicher offers the opportunity to learn the basics of swing dance.
Open to all experience levels, ages 12+; $10 per person.

Site-Responsive Voice & Body with Elisabeth Motley | Thursday, August 18
Dancer and choreographer Elisabeth Motley teaches a unique site-response voice and body class.
Open to all experience levels, ages 12+; $5 per person.

Free Outdoor "Inside/Out" Performances

Every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday,
and Saturday 6:15-7pm

2016 Dates
Wednesday, June 22-Saturday, August 28


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