This documentary examines the fascinating history behind the Pillow’s role in the Underground Railroad. Through a site specific performance, choreographer Joanna Haigood uses dance, music, and storytelling to reinterpret this fundamental piece of American history, captured here through dynamic cinematography by award-winning filmmaker Núria Olivé-Bellés.
DVD Length: 30 minutes / color / 1998
Own the award-winning documentary about Jacob’s Pillow, complete with more than 20 minutes of additional material not included in the version broadcast on PBS. Narrated by Tony Award winner and choreographer Bill T. Jones, the film includes exclusive interviews with dance pioneers such as Judith Jamison, Merce Cunningham, Mark Morris, Suzanne Farrell, and Paul Taylor, along with new dance voices. Exciting HD footage captures dancers in rehearsal, performing, and behind the scenes at the Festival. Dance students and fans will love this inside glimpse into what makes the Pillow the “hub and mecca of dancing” (TIME Magazine).
DVD Length: 74 minutes + bonus materials / color / 2012
This documentary film is a hit at Jacob’s Pillow, as many of the featured artists including Michelle Dorrance, Dianne Walker, Nicholas van Young, and Jason Samuel Smith are frequent performers and teachers here. Loaded with terrific dance sequences, the film focuses on both the triumphs and challenges faced by today’s tap artists. The film was produced and directed by Jackie Pare who visited the Pillow in 2014 for an exclusive discussion on the making of the film.
DVD length:62 minutes / color / 2014
Directed by Ron Honsa (creator of Never Stand Still), The Men Who Danced tells the story of modern dance pioneer and Jacob’s Pillow founder Ted Shawn, and his mission to create an all male dance company. Featuring interviews with eight of the original Men Dancers and rarely-seen footage of the company performing in the 1930s, The Men Who Danced provides powerful insight into the early days of Jacob’s Pillow and the determination and strength of character necessary to start a world-renowned dance institution.
DVD Length: 30 minutes / color / black and white historic footage / 1985