Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr has announced the promotion of four company dancers for the 2014-2015 Season, which opens in October with “The Sleeping Beauty.” PBT dancers Amanda Cochrane and Yoshiaki Nakano have been promoted to principal – the highest rank in the company – and dancers Gabrielle Thurlow and Alejandro Diaz have been promoted to soloist positions for the company’s 45th Anniversary Season.
Viktor Plotnikov's PBT World Premiere: In Your Eyes
Musical, inventive and eclectic - PBT's mixed repertory program 3x3 is all about the dance. "The physicality...it can be infectious," said Dwight Rhoden, one of the program's three featured choreographers. Peek behind-the-scenes, and hear from the choreographers and performers in a three-part video series on the ballet.
For years, PBT Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr has followed the works of choreographer Julia Adam and looked for the ideal opportunity to feature her unique sense of movement. That moment has arrived as PBT prepares to give her cross-cultural fusion Ketubah its Pittsburgh premiere during PBT’s 3x3 program, onstage March 7-16, at the August Wilson Center.
One of the most striking sequences for the Swan Queen is her series of 32 fouettes in Act III of Swan Lake. To do a fouette (meaning “to whip” in French), a ballerina whips one leg in a circular motion to the side and then into a passe while turning and rising on and off of pointe on the standing leg.
Odette/Odile may be the iconic role of Swan Lake, but the ethereal aura of the corps de ballet commands its share of the spotlight with some of ballet's most famous ensembles scenes. “You very much become bonded as girls in the corps of Swan Lake, and that’s a rewarding feeling,” said PBT's Caitlin Peabody who talks in this Artist Spotlight interview about transcending the challenge and creating corps chemistry. Read more about Caitlin and her thoughts on Swan Lake here:
Sophie Silnicki Joins Only 10 U.S. Dancers Compete in Switzerland’s 2014 Prix de Lausanne
PBT School student Sophie Sea Silnicki, 16, is one of only seven female dancers from the United States selected to compete in Switzerland’s 42nd Annual Prix de Lausanne international ballet competition, Jan. 27 to Feb. 1, 2014.