Allegrone in the News: Jacob's Pillow unveils plan to become year-round dance center

June 21, 2017


"These new initiatives will enable Jacob's Pillow to achieve our dreams of supporting the best dance artists of our time while powerfully connecting to audiences of all kinds," said JP Director Pamela Tatge. "Vision '22 will help us strengthen our artistic core, boost our civic leadership and community involvement, and renew essential campus facilities.



Vision '22 makes expanded year-round programs and initiatives possible through new spaces for training, rehearsal, events, and performances, as well as new multi-use housing for artists, staff, and interns.

The $5.5 million Perles Family Studio will serve as a new home for The School at Jacob's Pillow; the name recognizes a lead gift from the Perles Family Foundation and Jacob's Pillow Trustee Claudia Perles. The building is designed by award-winning Flansburgh Architects of Boston, and constructed by Allegrone Companies of Pittsfield, MA. The project has also received a $225,000 grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund, one of the largest gifts distributed this year.

The new 7,373-square-foot studio will feature a 3,500-square-foot dance floor -- nearly double the size of the main rehearsal space currently used by The School at Jacob's Pillow, the Sommers Studio. The building will be fully climate controlled, eliminating the current temperature and humidity challenges faced by dancers and artist faculty during the summer season. The space will accommodate room for spectators to view classes and rehearsals without interrupting dancers and faculty, and up to 200 seats for Inside/Out performances in the instances of rain and inclement weather.

Throughout the fall, winter, and spring seasons, the new studio will expand the space available for year-round residencies as well as convenings, events, and workshops. Jacob's Pillow will celebrate the grand opening of the space with a ribbon cutting and Festival Finale event on Saturday, August 26, 2017.

Additional facilities improvements include updates and improvements for the Ted Shawn Theatre, including structural renovations and enhanced ventilation that will not affect the historic look of the building. The Ted Shawn Theatre was built in 1942 and was the first theater built specifically for dance in the U.S. In addition, a new kitchen for the Pillow's onsite restaurant, Haven at the Pillow, will enhance visitors' dining experiences, and new housing will accommodate seasonal staff and interns during the Festival and residency artists in the fall, spring, and winter months.


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