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.

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.

The Evolution of Institutions
Friday, June 20 at 5pm
This summer's grand reopening of an expanded Clark Art Institute offers an opportunity for Director Michael Conforti to sit down with the Pillow's Ella Baff to discuss how their institutions have evolved.

Carmen & Geoffrey
Saturday, June 21 at 4pm
The one-and-only Carmen de Lavallade makes a special personal appearance following this screening of a stellar documentary about her life and career alongside artist/director husband Geoffrey Holder. Extended 90-minute program

Gotta Collect!
Friday, June 27 at 5pm
Mike Kaplan, award-winning poster art director (A Clockwork Orange) and producer (The Whales of August) talks about poster design and his monumental collection highlighted in GOTTA DANCE!, an exclusive Blake's Barn exhibition.

Trey McIntyre's Best Moves
Saturday, June 28 at 4pm
In this final week of performances by the Trey McIntyre Project, a panel of friends and fans pay homage and show clips from some of their favorite McIntyre dances.

Dancing Fourth at the Pillow
Friday, July 4 at 5pm
Jacob's Pillow typically celebrates Independence Day with dance of all kinds, and some themed video highlights and special memories from years past help illustrate that every day is a holiday here.

Tap or Die
Saturday, July 5 at 4pm

Loaded with terrific dance sequences, this documentary film focuses on both the triumphs and challenges faced by today's tap artists, followed by a conversation with filmmaker Jaclyn Paré. Extended 90-minute program

Talking About Dance
Friday, July 11 at 5pm
Ever-increasing audiences nationwide are attending public talks to enhance their performance experiences, and here a dynamic panel discusses this trend and how it manifests itself at the Pillow.

Black Ballerinas: What's New
Saturday, July 12 at 4pm
Misty Copeland has written a book about her life as American Ballet Theatre's only black soloist, while Virginia Johnson now directs Dance Theatre of Harlem. Here they discuss achievements and challenges.

Legacies of Robbins and Balanchine
Friday, July 18 at 5pm
Commemorating this week's performances of Fancy Free--the first Jerome Robbins ballet to be performed here since 1949--Ellen Sorrin discusses her role in safeguarding the legacies of both Robbins and George Balanchine.

Afternoon of a Faun
Saturday, July 19 at 4pm
The subject of Nancy Buirski's poetic new film is Tanaquil LeClercq, the iconic Balanchine ballerina who was struck by polio at the height of her fame, and it features rare Pillow footage. Extended 90-minute program

Mark Morris on Music
Friday, July 25 at 5pm
Critics often single out Mark Morris for his musicality, and this conversation with the choreographer himself delves into his musical influences and his working relationships with both dancers and musicians.

A Chat with Chet
Saturday, July 26 at 4pm
Celebrating fifteen years as director of the Pillow's Jazz/Musical Theatre Dance Program, Broadway choreographer Chet Walker (Pippin, Fosse) talks about his busy professional life and working with young dancers.

How to Like an Angel
Friday, August 1 at 5pm
This unusual film combines the daredevil physicality of CIRCA with a live performance of baroque music in the breathtaking beauty of several historic English cathedrals, introduced by one of the performers.

Chalk & Soot: Composing & Choreographing
Saturday, August 2 at 4pm
Choreographer John Heginbotham and composer Colin Jacobsen premiere a new work this week, and here they discuss their inspirations, their working process, and the journey thus far.

Through the Eyes of a Dancer
Friday, August 8 at 5pm
Dance Magazine Editor-at-Large Wendy Perron writes from an insider's perspective, as a dancer and choreographer with an unusually varied career which she reveals in a fascinating new collection of essays.

Creating Stardust
Saturday, August 9 at 4pm
The writer, director, and choreographer of a new dance about an African American gay urban teenager, David Roussève talks about the evolving nature of intimacy in our technology-driven world.

How to Structure Dance
Friday, August 15 at 5pm
Just as a dramaturg helps shape theater productions in often mysterious ways, a similar role is emerging in dance, as Anne Davison proves in her work with Doug Elkins.

Painting Cunningham
Saturday, August 16 at 4pm
Kenneth E. Parris III discusses his evocative paintings inspired by the backstage life of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company's final tour, now on view in the Doris Duke Theatre Lobby.

The Denishawn Centennial
Friday, August 22 at 5pm
Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn were married exactly 100 years ago this month, and this presentation examines their unusual partnership and the anniversary celebration held here fifty years ago.

Gotta Dance Onscreen
Saturday, August 23 at 4pm
Surrounded by dozens of posters advertising movies from the golden age of Hollywood musicals, this program of vintage film clips celebrates some of the greatest screen dancers of all time.

Free PillowTalks Schedule

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

web site by AvenueVERVE