Summer at the Pillow

One week ago the 85th season at Jacob’s Pillow, in woods of Massachusetts, came to a close. The last event of the action packed 10 weeks was a film screening of Wendy Whelan: Restless Creature and a Q&A with the great dancer herself – by 7 o’clock it was all over.

The archive team and Wendy Wehlan – copyright Brooke Trisolini.
Last day in the Norton Owen Reading Room.

That evening the production crew worked through the night striping the historic Ted Shawn Theatre and bit by bit closing down the festival. By Monday the the fairy lights strung around the grounds had gone, by Tuesday the outdoor furniture was stacked, and finally on Wednesday the whole Pillow family came together to put away, pack-up and clean and by lunchtime sleeping beauty had been tucked back into bed.

The Ted Shawn Theatre all ready for it’s winter sleep – see you next June!

Walking through the grounds that night – everything locked up, dark and silent – it was hard to believe that for the last 10 weeks this oasis in the woods had been a haven of noise and colour and – of course – never ending dance!

A wonderful video produced by the video team led by Nel Shelby – 85th Season Video
The amazing archive team and resident scholars led by the one and only Norton Owen – copyright Brooke Trisolini.

For a total of three months I lived and worked on site at the Pillow – eating and living side by side with with dancers, artists, students, staff, apprentices and interns.

Over the next week I will be looking back on the highlights of this amazing summer – right now I am going to get some sleep!