Ketubah: Pointe of View Salon
Leading up to its main-stage performance of Ketubah - part of its March 3x3 program - Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre presents several opportunities to explore the inspiration and heritage behind the ballet. Join Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. for a Pointe of View Salon at the Jewish Community Center - South Hills. Explore the ballet, ketubah art and symbolism, and the cultural history of Jewish wedding traditions. Presenters: Rabbi Donni Aaron, a Jewish educator of JCC Pittsburgh; artist Judy Perlow; and Lisa Auel of PBT’s Education Department.
As one of three featured works in its March mixed repertory performance, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre will present the Pittsburgh premiere of Julia Adam’s “Ketubah” – inspired by traditional Jewish wedding rituals – March 7-16, at the August Wilson Center. “Ketubah” is a critically acclaimed, lively, contemporary ballet inspired by the Eastern European Jewish Ashkenazi wedding ritual. Choreographer Julia Adam drew upon her own family roots when creating the piece for Houston Ballet in 2004. Set to Klezmer music, the performance follows one young couple from matchmaking to their wedding night. A vibrant ensemble of 16 dancers and evocative use of fabric depict and honor the mikvah, veil, chuppah, and other rituals and traditions that comprise a Jewish marriage celebration. The title, “Ketubah,” refers to the marriage contract signed by the bride and groom on their wedding day. Adam creates a hybrid movement vocabulary of ballet, modern and Israeli folk dance to set the customs in motion.
Learn More: Upcoming Educational Events
February 10 – March 16, 2014; American Jewish Museum of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh
Visitors can view the artistry and sentiment of the ballet’s namesake in five works from private collections.
Pointe of View Salons
February 25, 2014, at 7 p.m. – JCC of Greater Pittsburgh Squirrel Hill
February 27, 2014, at 7 p.m. – JCC, South Hills
Explore the ballet, ketubah art and symbolism, and the cultural history of Jewish wedding traditions. Presenters: Rabbi Donni Aaron, a Jewish educator of JCC Pittsburgh; artist Judy Perlow; and Lisa Auel of PBT’s Education Department.
OSHER Evening Lecture Series
March 4, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.; McConomy Auditorium, Carnegie Mellon University
An esteemed panel will discuss the ballet’s unique connections between the rich cultural heritage of ballet, of the ketubah as an artifact and art form, and of Jewish marriage customs. Panelists will include PBT Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr; choreographer Julia Adam; James A. Gibson, Senior Rabbi at Temple Sinai, and artist Judy Perlow. This event is presented in collaboration with CMU’s OSHER Life-long Learning Institute.
Photo by: Jim Caldwell; Courtesy of Houston Ballet