PillowTalks are a curated series of entertaining and informative discussions with choreographers, writers, filmmakers, and cultural experts. Moderated by Pillow Scholars, PillowTalks provide an excellent opportunity to gain behind-the-scenes insight. Festival 2015 is now over. Please check back in May for our 2016 PillowTalk schedule.

Hour-long PillowTalks are held Fridays at 5pm and Saturdays at 4pm in Blake's Barn (next to the Box Office), and are free and open to the public.


2015 PillowTalks

Al Hirschfeld's Dance Lines
A new book and current exhibition at the New-York Historical Society celebrates the artistry of caricaturist Al Hirschfeld, and curator/author David Leopold shows and discusses Hirschfeld's most notable dance images.

Another Telepathic Thing
Filmmaker Jonathan Demme has dipped his toe into the dance world to document Big Dance Theatre's Another Telepathic Thing, and Annie-B Parson hosts this screening to discuss the results.

Award-Winning Liz Gerring
Choreographer Liz Gerring talks about her approach to non-narrative movement and the emphasis on cause and effect rather than storytelling in her distinctive work.

Benjamin Millepied: Dancing Is Living
This French documentary shows L.A. Dance Project's charismatic director at work in the studio, hanging out with Lil Buck, and discussing his future plans in both Los Angeles and Paris.

Blake's Barn's Best: Pillowtalks
Nearly two decades of fascinating discussions will be sampled and celebrated by resident scholars, featuring video clips of Twyla Tharp, Peter Yarrow, Jacques d'Amboise, Rachel Maddow, and many others.

Blake's Barn's Best: Exhibitions
Complementing this year's retrospective in greater depth, exhibition videos and themes are explored by resident curator Norton Owen, sharing previously-untold stories, behind-the-scenes challenges, and triumphs from the past twenty years.

Capturing Grace
David Leventhal and John Heginbotham--both former Mark Morris dancers and Pillow Alumni--work with Parkinson's patients in this inspiring film, demonstrating art's power to transform and to heal.<

Dance As Museum Piece?
While Adam Weinert has been performing Ted Shawn's work at MOMA and the Tate, Martha Graham company director Janet Eilber resists her troupe's becoming a museum; here they compare experiences.

Dancing Online
Choreographer Lucinda Childs has a new website celebrating her iconic early works, while Jacob's Pillow Dance Interactive has been completely redesigned, and Childs participates in this demonstration of both projects.

Every Little Movement
A key influence on Pillow founder Ted Shawn was the 19th-century French movement theorist François Delsarte, and his principles are explored here by California-based dance writer Sasha Anawalt.

Frederick Ashton Today
The Sarasota Ballet has made a specialty of presenting little-known works by Sir Frederick Ashton. Ashton biographer David Vaughan and Sarasota Ballet Artistic Director Iain Webb talk about the choreographer's legacy and its unlikely new Florida home.

Gateway To Freedom
In this Lift Ev'ry Voice event celebrating the Pillow's notable past, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Eric Foner discusses and signs his latest book, Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad.

Irina Baronova & The Ballets Russes De Monte Carlo
Tracing her mother's roots from Imperial Russia to the ballet, Broadway, and Hollywood, with a notable summer at Jacob's Pillow, actress/author Victoria Tennant discusses and signs her lavish new book.

It's Happening in Havana
The new Cuban company Malpaso represents a collaborative experiment in contemporary dancemaking, and co-founder Fernando Sáez talks about the challenges and the triumphs of this exciting troupe's first three years.

Kyle Froman: Dancer To Photographer
Featured in an exclusive Pillow exhibit this season, Kyle Froman's photographs reveal his years of specialized access as a New York City Ballet dancer, now branching out to theater, fashion, and publications.

Mia, A Dancer's Journey
Maria Ramas introduces her documentary on celebrated Ballets Russes ballerina Mia Slavenska, fulfilling a promise to tell her mother's story. Co-directed by Kate Johnson, this moving film features rare Pillow footage.

Preserving Balanchine On Video
Nancy Reynolds conceived a wide-reaching program to preserve the choreography of George Balanchine on video with coaching sessions by original cast members, and here she shares excerpts from these unique films.

Rediscovering Film Treasures
Ted Shawn biographer Paul Scolieri will share a recently-discovered Denishawn dance film, while more recent footage will celebrate the tenure of departing Executive and Artistic Director Ella Baff.

Shall We Dance?
Faculty from the current Social Dances Program in The School at Jacob's Pillow share their extensive knowledge of everything from authentic jazz to hip-hop, offering insight into dances of today.

Where Women Don't Dance
Berlin-born Turkish choreographer Nejla Y. Yatkin defies cultural expectations in her career choice, and filmmaker Nel Shelby explores the conflicts in this half-hour documentary, mirroring the intercultural differences seen in Monchichi.

Free PillowTalks Schedule

Fridays 5pm | Saturdays 4pm during the Festival
Located in Blake's Barn | FREE

Festival 2015 is now over. Please check back in May for our 2016 schedule.

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