Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (PBT) is proud to announce the company’s exciting 2023-2024 season lineup, featuring three full-length story ballets and two mixed repertory programs. The season includes works from internationally acclaimed choreographers, family-friendly favorites and pieces to be selected by new artistic director Adam W. McKinney. This will be McKinney’s first opportunity to leave his imprint on the repertoire of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.
The five-ballet season runs October 2023 through May 2024 and includes: Light in the Dark, The Nutcracker, Beauty and the Beast, Spring Mix with the PBT Orchestra and Cinderella with the PBT Orchestra.
“This season is really one of celebration here at PBT. This year we are bringing old and new audience favorites, including Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella, as well as Helen Pickett’s glorious Petal, and one of Geroge Balanchine’s most iconic works, Allegro Brilliante,” said PBT Acting Executive Director Kathryn Gigler. “We also look forward to presenting a world premiere by Jennifer Archibaldin partnership with Violins of Hope Greater Pittsburgh. We’re excited to invite all of Pittsburgh to come dance with us!”
2023-2024 PBT SEASON LINEUP
LIGHT IN THE DARK
OCTOBER 27 – 29, 2023 | BYHAM THEATER
Choreography: Jennifer Archibald, Barak Marshall, Sasha Janes and Anabelle Lopez Ochoa | Music: Samuel Barber, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
Our season opener tells powerful stories of tragedy, hope and human connection. The program’s central work, Sounds of the Sun, is a world premiere by Jennifer Archibald, which celebrates the life of Florence Waren, a Jewish dancer who lived in Paris and worked with the French Resistance during World War II. Also included in this momentous production is the emotional Monger, created by award-winning Israeli American choreographer Barak Marshall. Monger follows the lives of a group of people trapped in the house of an abusive mistress. Completing this stunning program are two incredibly gorgeous and intense ballets – Loss by Sasha Janes and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Lacrimosa.
The world premiere by Jennifer Archibald is presented in partnership with Violins of Hope Greater Pittsburgh.
DECEMBER 8 – 28, 2023 | BENEDUM CENTER
Choreography & Staging: Terrence S. Orr | Music: P.I. Tchaikovsky
Celebrate the most delightful time of year with one of Pittsburgh’s most cherished holiday traditions – The Nutcracker! Join Marie, her Nutcracker prince and hundreds of fascinating characters for an unforgettable adventure through the Land of Enchantment. Revel in the stunning scenes, spectacular costumes, sparkling snowflakes and instantly recognizable Tchaikovsky score. The Nutcracker will sweep you into the most magical time of the year.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
FEBRUARY 16 – 25, 2024 | BENEDUM CENTER
Choreography: Lew Christensen I Music: P.I.Tchaikovosky
Experience this timeless romantic tale about the transformative power of love, played out against the backdrop of an enchanted forest full of magical creatures. This full-length classical ballet has gorgeous costumes, magnificent choreography, whimsical characters and sets that come alive. The captivating Beauty and the Beast is sure to delight both the young and the young at heart.
SPRING MIX with the PBT Orchestra
APRIL 5 – 7, 2024 | BENEDUM CENTER
Choreography: George Balanchine, Jae Man Joo, Helen Pickett | Music: P.I. Tchaikovsky, Philip Glass and Thomas Montgomery Newman, and composers to be announced.
Our spring mixed repertory program will be fresh as a daisy, featuring pieces selected by Adam W. McKinney in his new role as PBT’s artistic director, including a commissioned world premiere by Pittsburgh-based choreographer, Princess Grace Award Recipient Choreographer Jae Man Joo. Also lighting up the Benedum stage will be the vibrant colors and high energy of Helen Pickett’s sparkling Petal and the exhilarating piece George Balanchine declared “everything I know about classical ballet in thirteen minutes,” his exuberant and joyous Allegro Brilliante.
CINDERELLA with the PBT Orchestra
MAY 17 – 19, 2024 | BENEDUM CENTER
Will Cinderella dance her way to the royal ball and meet her prince before the clock strikes midnight? Get swept away by this beloved, entrancing rags to romance story. This full-length ballet is a treat for the whole family, brimming with true love, classical choreography, magnificent costumes & sets and – of course – a fairy tale ending that’s just the perfect fit.
2023-2024 subscriptions, available in packages of 5,4 and 3 ballets, start at $82.50 and are on sale now at pbt.org/subscribe or by calling 412-454-9107. Subscribers receive exclusive benefits, including first access to the best seats and 20% savings over single tickets.
Groups purchasing eight or more tickets save up to 50%. More information is available at pbt.org/groups.
Single tickets to individual performances will go on sale at a future date to be announced.