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 Post subject: Jacob's Pillow Announces New $20 Student Rush Program
PostPosted: Thu Apr 16, 2009 10:43 am 

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April 13, 2009 - (Becket, Mass.) Jacob's Pillow Dance, the world-renowned
international dance center and National Historic Landmark located in the Berkshires
of Massachusetts, today announces the launch of a new Student Rush Ticket program.
Jacob's Pillow will offer $20 Student Rush Tickets for both the Ted Shawn Theatre
and Doris Duke Theatre performances, based on availability. The program is open to
college students worldwide and will go into effect for the 2009 Festival season,
beginning the week of June 22. Registration for the Student Rush email list is open
now; students must register to receive weekly email notifications.

"We want young people to be involved in the arts and want to encourage college
students to experience the highest level of dance from around the world," comments
Ella Baff, Executive Director of Jacob's Pillow. "I hope that during their visit,
students will also take advantage of our more than 200 free events, including
outdoor performances, talks with scholars and celebrities, tours, art and
photography exhibits, rehearsal observations, and more."

The Student Rush Ticket program is available to all students with a valid and
current college ID. Students will opt-in to receive an email notification every
Monday during the Festival alerting them to the availability of discounted student
tickets for performances that week. Students will have the option to purchase two
$20 Student Rush tickets over the phone at 413.243.0745 or in person at Jacob's
Pillow. Tickets will be offered based on availability and students will be
encouraged to purchase as soon as they receive email notification. In order to
receive the $20 price, students MUST show a valid and current college ID either at
the time of purchase or when picking up tickets. A $1.50 Preservation Fee to
support maintaining the Pillow's National Historic Landmark site and will be applied
to each ticket; however the Pillow's usual $5 handling fee will be waived.

To sign up for the Student Rush Ticket program, college students should email with "STUDENT RUSH PROGRAM" in the subject line and include
their name, address, phone number, email address and the name of their college. All
interested parties will receive a confirmation email with program details.

During the Festival, Jacob's Pillow presents performances every week from June 24 to
August 30. Tickets for Ted Shawn Theatre artists are regularly $58 and tickets for
the Doris Duke Theatre are regularly $33. Jacob's Pillow is approximately 10
minutes from Lee, 15 minutes from Lenox and Stockbridge, 30 minutes from Great
Barrington and Pittsfield, and 60 minutes from Springfield and Albany (NY).

The Festival also presents 200 free events, including performances, moderated
interviews with artists, talks by experts, film showings, exhibits, observations of
dancers training at The School at Jacob's Pillow, and tours; plus over 75 dance
classes for the community (small fee). A complete schedule of free events will be
announced in April.

Highlights of the 2009 Festival include Radio and Juliet, a new take on
Shakespeare's classic, Romeo and Juliet, performed by Slovenia's Ballet Maribor to
the music of Radiohead; the U.S. debut of Fang-Yi Sheu's new company LAFA & Artists,
from Taiwan; the hip-hop masters of Rennie Harris Puremovement; international
choreographer Crystal Pite's contemporary troupe Kidd Pivot; and the world premiere
of Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui's Orbo Novo, performed by Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet.
The Festival companies hail from around the world including Grenoble (France), Los
Angeles, Málaga (Spain), Maribor (Slovenia), Montréal (Canada), New York City,
Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, Taipei (Taiwan), and Vancouver (Canada). For
detailed information about the 2009 Festival season go to ... on/#000414


(Please note - free programs and events are open to the entire community, not
exclusively to students)

Sample Saturday

10am - Observe world renowned faculty as they work with the pre-professional dancers
of The School at Jacob's Pillow (free)

Noon - Enjoy a picnic lunch, brought from home, in the historic Tea Garden or on The
Great Lawn (free)

1pm - Visit the Archives and explore dance history with Pillow Interactive, a
touch-screen computer kiosk with video clips and information spanning the Pillow's
77 year history (free)

2pm - View the art and photography exhibits in Blake's Barn (free)

3pm - Go for a walk on the Pillow's nature trails

4pm - Attend a PillowTalk, a moderated talk, film screening, or book signing with
dance experts, scholars, and celebrities (free - schedule announced in April)

5pm - Grab a bite to eat at the Pillow Pub (average sandwich cost $7 - 15)

5:30pm - Take a guided tour of this National Historic Landmark (free)

6:30pm - Attend a performance on Inside/Out, the Pillow's outdoor performance space

7:30pm - Take in a pre-performance talk with a Scholar-in-Residence (free)

8pm - See a performance in the Ted Shawn Theatre ($20 Student Rush, $58 regular)

10pm - Enjoy a nightcap at the Pillow Pub, with proper I.D. (average cost $5-7)

For detailed information on Jacob's Pillow visit

About Jacob's Pillow: Founded by dance legend Ted Shawn in 1933, Jacob's Pillow
celebrates its 77th season in 2009. The Pillow is home to a world-renowned
international dance Festival that presents dance annually on three performance
stages for nearly three months. The Pillow also supports artists to create new work
through commissions and Creative Development Residencies. The School at Jacob's
Pillow encompasses a professional advancement program for dancers and choreographers
as well as an Intern Program that trains young professionals in all areas of
production and arts administration. Alumni of The School have gone on to perform
with prestigious dance companies, in film, television and on Broadway, and former
interns have been employed at arts organizations including Alvin Ailey American
Dance Theater, British Council, and Mark Morris Dance Group. The Pillow's rare and
extensive Archives, open year-round to the public free of charge, chronicles the art
form of dance in film, video, photographs, oral histories, correspondence, books,
costumes, posters, audiotapes, and scrapbooks. Jacob's Pillow's year-round
Community Programs enrich the lives of children and adults, and are yet another part
of the Pillow's cultural legacy. Jacob's Pillow is the first and only dance entity
in the United States to be declared a National Historic Landmark for the
significance of its contribution to America's culture-past and present. The
Pillow's 163-acre site was originally a family farm in the late 1700s. In the
1800s, the Pillow was known as a station on the Underground Railroad and in 2007, it
was dedicated as a site on the Upper Housatonic Valley African American Heritage
Trail. For additional in-depth information regarding the history of Jacob's Pillow,
consult Members of the press are encouraged to contact
Mariclare Hulbert at 413.243.9919 ext. 29 or via email at

Support for Jacob's Pillow Dance comes, in part, from the Massachusetts Cultural
Council, a state agency.

As of December 2008, major support for Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival has been
provided by: The American-Scandinavian Foundation; Asian Cultural Council; Berkshire
Taconic Community Foundation; The Dana Foundation; Danish Arts Agency; The Gladys
Krieble Delmas Foundation; Frances Alexander Foundation; The Howard Gilman
Foundation; The Harkness Foundation for Dance; The William and Flora Hewlett
Foundation; The Leir Charitable Foundations, in Memory of Henry J. Leir; The Andrew
W. Mellon Foundation; Mertz Gilmore Foundation; National Foundation for Advancement
in the Arts; Evelyn Stefansson Nef Foundation; Netherland-America Foundation; New
England Foundation for the Arts; The New York Community Trust-Wallace Special
Projects Fund; The William J. and Dorothy K. O'Neill Foundation; Bessie Pappas
Charitable Foundation; Pittsfield Cultural Council; The Prospect Hill Foundation;
The Jerome Robbins Foundation; The Neal Rantoul Foundation; Arch W. Shaw Foundation;
The Shubert Foundation, Inc.; Xeric Foundation; Massachusetts Cultural Council, a
state agency; MassDevelopment; Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism; National
Endowment for the Arts; United States Department of Education; ALEX®; Ameriprise
Financial; Big Y World Class Market; Capezio/Ballet Makers Dance Foundation;
Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation; Greylock Federal Credit Union; The Legacy Banks
Foundation; Pilgrim Inn; Quality Inn; Rodeway Inn; Super 8 Motel Lee; The Pillow
Business Alliance; and Jacob's Pillow Members.

The Pillow is proud to be part of the "Leading for the Future Initiative", a program
of the Nonprofit Finance Fund, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Major endowment support is provided by The Barrington Foundation; The William
Randolph Hearst Foundation; The Leir Charitable Foundations, in Memory of Henry J.
Leir; Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency; The Andrew W. Mellon
Foundation; Onota Foundation; The Prospect Hill Foundation; and the Talented
Students in the Arts Initiative, a collaboration of the Doris Duke Charitable
Foundation and the Surdna Foundation.


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