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“The best dance festival”
Review of Jacob's Pillow

Jacob's Pillow
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Becket
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Reviewed July 21, 2012

This 60+ year festival deserves every accolade it gets. We hear a free lecture for an hour by Judith Jamison, saw a free outdoor dance performance on a stage overlooking the Berkshires, and attended one of the great theatrical/dance performances ever, "From the Horse's Mouth", a tribute to Ted Shawn and men dancers, featuring 25 great dancers, including Lar Lubovitch and Arthur Mitchell. A great evening and a great place.

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Katryn G, New Media Manager at Jacob's Pillow, responded to this reviewResponded August 2, 2012

We're flattered to be called "best"; thank you so much for your heartfelt review. So glad that you enjoyed Ms. Jamison's free PillowTalk and the "From the Horse's Mouth" performance. 2012 is actually our 80th Anniversary Season, and we're looking forward to many, many more years of bringing dance to the Berkshires. Thank you!

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Reviewed July 17, 2012

Always a treat to catch a performance here - beautiful, secluded, wonderful summer spot.

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Katryn G, New Media Manager at Jacob's Pillow, responded to this reviewResponded August 2, 2012

Thank you! We are very lucky to be located in the beautiful Berkshires.

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Reviewed July 17, 2012

This is the second year we've been here. We both love dance and this place has some of the best! The grounds are lovely and just wandering around is a pleasure (and you can do that free). They also have the free Inside/out series which is a short outdoor dance program in a lovely amphitheater with the mountains as a backdrop. We saw two shows in that series over the 3 days we were at the pillow. Also saw Tero Saarinen company's "Borrowed Light" which was an amazing combination of dance, lighting and music (the Boston Camarata on stage with the dancers). This is hard to describe but well worth seeing. We were blown away. Also saw the Men Dancers: Tales from the horses mouth. We were expecting recreations of Ted Shawn dances but instead it was a compelling juxtaposition of short persona stories told by the dancers and them dancing. Only 4 people on stage at any point but as the newest one would come on to tell a story the one who had been on stage the longest (each did 3 variations) would go off. Another amazing and moving performance.

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Katryn G, New Media Manager at Jacob's Pillow, responded to this reviewResponded August 2, 2012

We're so glad you enjoyed "Borrowed Light" and "The Men Dancers: From the Horse's Mouth"; two amazing performances, for sure. Thanks for your detailed review, and of course for visiting us. See you soon, we hope!

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Reviewed July 17, 2012

One of the Berkshires great treasures, of which there are many. Two wonderful performances, both different but equally stunning. The campus is a cultural paradise for lovers of dance and movement. A must visit!

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Katryn G, New Media Manager at Jacob's Pillow, responded to this reviewResponded August 2, 2012

Thank you, thank you! We're flattered and honored to be on your Berkshires treasures list. Visit us again soon!

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Reviewed July 4, 2012

Jacob's Pillow brings an array of international dance companies to the Berkshires every summer, performing on two stages each week. We loved seeing Mimulus, a Brazilian modern dance group whose choreography incorporates elements from popular dances (salsa,fandango) in a very original way. The Pillow Talks held in Blake's Barn 45 minutes before the performances on the main stage give an excellent orientation to the dance programs. A must see for dance enthusiasts!

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Katryn G, New Media Manager at Jacob's Pillow, responded to this reviewResponded August 2, 2012

Thank you for sharing your review! And thanks for attending a free pre-show talk; our Scholars-in-Residence enjoy giving audiences a bit of insight into the performances and artists.

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