Audio Description is available for all patrons to hear and experience dance through verbal description that paints a picture in the mind. Audio description uses Channel 2 on the infrared assistive listening devices at The Benedum Center for Performing Arts located at 237 7th Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, 15222.
The following performances in the 2013-14 season will be audio described for patrons:
Twyla Tharp--Sunday, October 27 at 2:00 pm
The Nutcracker--Sunday, December 8 at 4:30 pm (sensory seminar begins at 3:00 pm)
Swan Lake--Sunday, February 16 at 2:00 pm
3X3--Sunday, March 16 at 2:00 pm
Don Quixote--Sunday, April 13 at 2:00 pm
The performances will take place at the Benedum Center, except for 3X3 which will take place at the August Wilson Center.
A sensory seminar will be held prior to each audio described performance at 12:30 pm in the South Lounge of the Benedum Center (second floor, directly to the left after you exit the elevator). (Please note that the sensory seminar for 3X3 will be held in the cafe area of the August Wilson Center). The sensory seminar will use tactile, auditory, and other sensory tools to explore the content of the upcoming performance, including costumes, scenic design, and story, as well as general ballet terminology.
Patron feeling a tactile map of The Nutcracker ground plan during a sensory seminar.
Volunteers from PBT's Audio Description Team will be available to assist patrons during their entire experience at the Benedum from their entrance into the lobby through their departure.
Large print and braille programs will be available at the theatre. Attendees may also listen to audio recordings of select program notes on the audio recording page of PBT's website.
Headsets for the audio described performance can be obtained at a new "Guest Services Center" (or the old gift shop) located directly next to the elevator in the Benedum Center lower lobby. Please see an usher when you arrive for more assistance in locating the Guest Services Center. Headsets are given out on a first-come, first-served basis at the theatre, but can be reserved by calling Alyssa Herzog Melby, Director of Education and Community Engagement, at 412-454-9105. Patrons will be asked for an ID in order to borrow a headset. Patrons will be instructed on how to use the headset devices when they obtain a headset.