In PBT’s season opener, three great visionaries use ballet as a base for exploration. In an ode to the Old West, George Balanchine’s rollicking Western Symphony ventures into the frontier of classical ballet and American folk dance with its swaggering cowboys and high-spirited dance hall girls. Accented by orchestral fanfare, the mood turns to elation with Jiří Kylián’s free-spirited Sinfonietta, an expansive work with a poetic vocabulary.
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre invites young professionals, movers and minglers to raise a toast on opening night. Gather in the Benedum’s VIP lounge for pre-show cocktails, conversation and hors d'oeuvres – all included in our special young professional ticket price.
It is always a highlight of the season, and this year PBT’s Pointe in Time Ball promises to ascend to new heights. PBT is excited to celebrate its 2015-2016 Season with a theme that spotlights innovation in ballet. Please join us for Pointe in Time Ball: PBT Elevated on Saturday, November 7, in the Westin Hotel’s Grand Ballroom.
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre will combine two Pittsburgh traditions on Friday, November 20, for Poinsettias and Pointe Shoes — a special family-friendly event that will bring the magic of The Nutcracker to Phipps’ historic glasshouse.
Capture the awe and exhilaration of the holiday season with the classic story, iconic choreography and soaring score of The Nutcracker. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette calls The Nutcracker “the best holiday performance in Pittsburgh.”
Imagination takes flight and time stands still in the mystical world of Jorden Morris’ Peter Pan. Atmospheric scenery transports audiences through starry skies to the tangled forests of Neverland and the decks of Hook’s Jolly Roger. Set to works by English composers, high-flying choreography and aerial acrobatics animate a fantastical realm where fairies flit through the sky, pirates patrol the waters and Peter Pan leads his Lost Boys in endless adventure.
From stoicism to devotion, PBT dancers move through intriguing shades of emotion in a trio of ballets. In tribute to the enigmatic Johnny Cash, James Kudelka’s stirring Man in Black blends balletic grace and working-class grit in scenes inspired by six of Cash’s later hits. Passion prevails in Michael Smuin’s sensuous Eternal Idol, a tender pas de deux of sculptural lines and lithe partnering, while Antony Tudor’s poignant period drama, Jardin Aux Lilas, depicts the repressed emotion of two lovers parted by a marriage of convenience.
In its season finale, PBT debuts the full-length classic Le Corsaire. A treasure of the classical ballet repertoire, this epic adventure rides the waves of kidnapping, betrayal and ambush in a pirate’s quest to liberate the woman he loves.