The schedule of a full-time student dancer can rival that of a 9-5 job. Annie Martin, a Lubbock, Texas, native, often needs to be in two places at once. She spends about 40 hours a week at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (PBT) and is taking a full 12-credit course load as an English major at the University of Pittsburgh. A recent Tuesday found Martin prepping for roles in PBT School’s spring performances and finishing up final exams. Her passion for storytelling is what gives Martin momentum and inspires her to dance and learn full-time.
The 2015-2016 Season was a blur of exciting stories, world premieres and high-voltage dance. Take a twirl down memory lane with us through some of our favorite photos from the season.
We started our season with a powerhouse triple bill, and we had to pick a photo from each to do these works full justice. Beginning with its opening salvo of male leaps and orchestral fanfare, the expansive movement of Jiří Kylián’s Sinfonietta summons a strong sense of freedom, elation and wide-open spaces, illustrated below by dancers Yoshiaki Nakano and Alejandro Diaz.
Three company dancers will rise to Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s highest rank at the start of the coming ballet season. PBT Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr has promoted Hannah Carter, Alejandro Diaz and Luca Sbrizzi to principalfor the company’s 2016-2017 Season, which opens Oct. 28-30, with Giselle.
Newly promoted PBT Principal Luca Sbrizzi recently took over Yelp Pittsburgh's Instagram to give followers a peak into the studio as the company prepares for the pirate saga Le Corsaire, onstage April 15-17, at the Benedum Center. Le Corsaire gives male dancers a special spotlight and features explosive leaps and turns. Check out a recap of Luca’s action-packed day behind the scenes:
Three company dancers will rise to Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s highest rank at the start of the coming ballet season. PBT Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr has promoted Hannah Carter, Alejandro Diaz and Luca Sbrizzi to principal for the company’s 2016-2017 Season, which opens Oct. 28-30, with Giselle.
Four Distinct Choreographers Showcased on One Ticket
PBT’s Mixed Repertory #2 features four distinctive works by four diverse choreographers, whose lifetimes span a century. Anthony Tudor’s Jardin Aux Lilas (Lilac Garden), Michael Smuin’s Eternal Idol, James Kudelka’s TheMan in Black, and Yoshiaki Nakano’s A Fellow Feeling move audiences through a spectrum of emotions.
It’s a bright March morning, and PBT Principal Yoshiaki Nakano has come to the final movement of his new ballet.
Winter sun streams through the skylights, sending shafts of light across the sprung studio floors. In the quiet moments before rehearsal Nakano stands before the mirror, sketching shapes with his arms and contemplating the effect of the movement that he’s been holding in his mind’s eye.
Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr on Teaching Tudor
It all begins with a sharp intake of breath.
Close your eyes, and imagine a garden framed by fragrant lilac branches. The air is sweet with their perfume, yet heavy with emotional tension. The era is Victorian – and the societal conventions are stifling.
Here, “Caroline, on the eve of her marriage to the man she does not love, tries to say farewell to her lover at a garden reception.”
Antony Tudor’s Jardin Aux Lilas (Lilac Garden) is a study in subtlety, in repressed emotions and inner turmoil.