Jacob’s Pillow began as a rehearsal space for the famed Denishawn dance, expanded to become a world renowned dance festival, and today, this dance hub in Becket, Massachusetts is a National landmark because of its importance in American culture and history. Some of the most famous and noteworthy dance companies have performed at The Pillow and now, people from all over the world have a chance to see some of these historical performances on the new website, Jacob’s Pillow Interactive.
This incredible tool has the potential to educate people all over the world about the magic of dance through a few simple clicks! The website includes an extensive archive of more than 70 years of dance footage from Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival including search bars broken down by artist, genre, and era. If you don’t know what you’re looking for, you can click “Dive-In” to find a randomly selected piece from the archives, and if you’re feeling confident about your dance history knowledge you can click “Guess” to find a random video and a list of choreographers to pick from. Jacob’s Pillow Interactive not only supplies great quality video, but it also includes a list of the dancers, choreographers, music, and a brief snippet of the history behind the piece.
As a dance student myself, this means that I don’t have to get myself to the reserves section of the school Library and check out a VHS tape if I want to watch and write about historic dance. Instead, I can easily access Jacob’s Pillow Interactive to discover videos of choreography ranging from artists Bill T. Jones to Isadora Duncan. I am excited about the potential behind this awesome website, and I will definitely be using this as a tool for my next dance history paper!
Check out this video of one of my favorite live performers, Kyle Abraham, on a tour of Jacob’s Pillow Interactive and be sure to check the website out for yourself!