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Opportunities: Inside/Out Participants & Artist Submissions at Jacob’s Pillow (Becket, MA)

Opportunities: Inside/Out Participants & Artist Submissions at Jacob’s Pillow (Becket, MA)

The 2014 Jacob’s Pillow runs June 18 – August 24, 2014. The deadline to apply to perform at the 2014 Festival is October 31, 2103.

Performances take place at The Marcia and Seymour Simon Performance Space on the outdoor Henry J. Leir Stage. Both the audience and performers are surrounded by nature and the stunning backdrop of the Berkshire Hills.

Performances are free and open to the public. They are geared toward educating audiences about dance in an informal way, giving the opportunity to all people, regardless of their financial means, to experience dance. The audience is seated on low wooden benches or bring their own chairs. The audience is comprised of both dance aficionados who come to Jacob’s Pillow on a regular basis, as well as newcomers. Inside/Out attracts a multi-generational audience from children to teens, young professionals, families, and elders.

Performances are Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights throughout the Festival. Performances begin at 6:15pm and must be completed by 7:00pm. The duration of the artist’s program is approximately 35 minutes, including all pauses and costume changes. The performance is followed by a brief moderated question and answer session.

The stage is 40′ wide by 28′ deep, with a slight rake. The plywood platform is very good for dance, and is covered with white Rosco flooring. Entrances are downstage left and upstage right, with a crossover between the entrances. There is an area for costume changes, underneath the stage and out of view of the audience. The stage is lit only by the natural light of the outdoors. There are no wings, curtains, lights, or masking. There is a good sound system. The crew includes one production staff member to coordinate all technical needs and one operations intern to run sound during the performance. Please click here for additional technical specifications.

In the event of rain or threatening conditions, Inside/Out moves indoors to one a studio, approximately 35′ wide by 25′ deep.  Chairs are set up for the audience.

Inside/Out artists receive a small honorarium, meals in Stone Dining Room (our resident cafeteria) and , when available, tickets to either a Ted Shawn Theatre or Doris Duke Theatre performance. Jacob’s Pillow does not provide transportation.

All Inside/Out performances are recorded and become part of the Pillow Archives. Artists are given a complimentary copy of their performance, to use for non-profit promotional needs. The following credit is required: Inside/Out Series at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival.

If you are interested in performing on Inside/Out in 2014, please send the items listed below by October 31, 2013.

Electronic submissions are highly encouraged.

Please send:

1) Work(s) to be performed, with running times

2) A short biography of the company

3) A short biography of the Artistic Director

4) The number of company members that will perform in the program you propose

5) Any unusual technical needs, keeping in mind that your presentation must be appropriate for the outdoor venue, and that the performance moves indoors in event of rain.

The 35 min run time of your program can include one work, or several different works, or excerpts of several different works. Please send full-length footage of the proposed works; edited promotional videos or video clips will not be accepted.

Attn: Inside/Out
Jacob’s Pillow Dance
358 George Carter Road
Becket, MA 01223


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Caden Manson is Editor In Chief and Curator of Contemporary Performance Network and co-founder and artistic director of Big Art Group, a New York City performance company founded in 1999.
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