Jacob's Pillow and MASS MoCA to Welcome Shen Wei Dance Arts, 10/26-27

Performance and Ticket Information: Saturday, October 26 at 8pm and Sunday, October 27 at 3pm; Hunter Center at MASS MoCA. Galleries are open until 7:30pm on Saturday, October 26. On Sunday, October 27, the galleries are open from 11am-5pm. This program contains partial nudity.

Ticket prices: $39 premium / $32 orchestra / $20 mezzanine / $18 students. To order tickets: 413.662.2111 or www.massmoca.org. MASS MoCA is located at 87 Marshall Street, North Adams, MA 01247. For additional information on Jacob's Pillow, visit www.jacobspillow.org.

Jacob's Pillow, which recently concluded its 81st Festival, is a National Historic Landmark, recipient of the National Medal of Arts, and home to America's longest running international dance festival. The Festival includes more than 50 national and international dance companies and 350 free and ticketed performances, talks, tours, classes, exhibits, and events. The School at Jacob's Pillow, one of the most prestigious professional dance training centers in the U.S., encompasses the diverse disciplines of Ballet, Cultural Traditions, Contemporary, and Jazz/Musical Theatre Dance, as well as an Intern Program in various disciplines of arts administration, design, video, and production. The Pillow's extensive Archives, open year-round to the public, chronicle more than 80 years of dance in photographs, programs, books, costumes, audiotapes, and video. Year-round Community Programs enrich the lives of children and adults through public classes, residencies in area schools, and more than 200 free public events. Through Jacob's Pillow Curriculum in Motion, a nationally recognized program, artist-educators work with Berkshire County teachers and students grades K-12, transforming curricula such as biology, literature, and history into kinesthetic and creative learning experiences. Creative Development Residencies, in which dance companies are invited to live and work at the Pillow and enjoy unlimited studio time; choreography commissions; and the annual $25,000 Jacob's Pillow Dance Award all support visionary dance artists and choreographers. Virtual Pillow is aimed at expanding global audiences for dance and offers the opportunity to experience dance and Jacob's Pillow from anywhere in the world via online interactive exhibits, global video networks, and social media. As part of the Virtual Pillow initiative, Jacob's Pillow Dance Interactive is a curated online video collection of dance highlights from 1936 to today. On March 2, 2011, President Obama honored Jacob's Pillow with a National Medal of Arts, the highest arts award given by the United States Government. Jacob's Pillow is the first dance presenting organization to receive this prestigious award. For more information, visit www.jacobspillow.org.

MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) is one of the world's liveliest (and largest) centers for making and enjoying the best new art of our time, cross all media: music, art, dance, theater, film, and video. Hundreds of works of visual and performing art have been created on its factory campus during fabrication and rehearsal residencies in North Adams, making MASS MoCA among the most productive sites in the country for the creation and presentation of new art. MASS MoCA strives to bring its audiences art and experiences that are fresh, engaging, and transformative.

MASS MoCA's galleries are open 11am-5pm every day except Tuesdays. Seasonal exhibitions are open from April 15 to November 15. Gallery hours are often extended on evenings featuring performing arts events. Gallery admission is $15 for adults, $10 for students, $5 for children 6-16, and free for children 5 and under. Members are admitted free year-round. For additional information, call 413.662.2111 x1 or visit massmoca.org.

MASS MoCA is an independent 501(c)(3) whose operations and programming are funded primarily through admissions and commercial lease revenue, corporate and foundation grants, and individual philanthropy. Except for a construction grant from the Commonwealth, and competitive program and operations grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, MASS MoCA is privately funded: 90% of MASS MoCA's annual operating revenues come from earned revenues, membership support, and private gifts and grants.

The Irene Hunter Fund for Dance was established in 2010 with a gift from the estate of Irene Hunter (1918-2008), to enhance MASS MoCA's capacity to present dance programming of the highest quality, to develop new audiences for dance in the Berkshires, and to encourage continuing collaboration with Jacob's Pillow, deepening the institutional connections that have existed since the museum's inception.