A Message from PBT Leadership on COVID-19
March 30, 2020: In light of new guidance around coronavirus (COVID-19) and with the health and safety of our PBT family in mind, we have made the difficult decision to postpone Balanchine + Tchaikovsky with the PBT Orchestra, in addition to BNY Mellon presents Here + Now. PBT’s upcoming engagement at The Joyce Theatre has regrettably been canceled.
Our artists have worked tirelessly to prepare these programs for you, and it is our hope that we will be able to share our work on stage with you soon. Ticket holders for performances of BNY Mellon presents Here + Now and Balanchine + Tchaikovsky with the PBT Orchestra will be contacted by PBT to discuss options. We highly recommend that you hold on to your tickets while we work to reschedule performances and find creative ways to share the joy of ballet during this difficult time.
PBT’s 50th Anniversary Festival Gala, scheduled to take place on April 4, 2020, has been also impacted by the closure of Stage AE through the end of April. We’re working to find a creative way to continue the celebration of our 50th Anniversary Season and longtime Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr.
PBT School and PBT educational programming have also been impacted by the threat of COVID-19. While the PBT building is closed, students at all levels will have the opportunity to continue their dance education this summer remotely via online content created by PBT School faculty and staff. Community Division participants can take part in classes taught by PBT School faculty on Zoom and social media. For more information, please visit pbt.org/pbt-school-health-update.
Our thoughts are now on those who have been affected by this global crisis and on those in our Pittsburgh community feeling its impacts. In times of crisis, art takes on new meaning. Please know that in this unprecedented situation, we are exploring new ways to connect and share the power of dance with our community.
On behalf of everyone at PBT – the dancers, teachers, musicians, staff and students – we truly appreciate your investment in the ballet and in Pittsburgh’s amazing arts and culture. We’re looking forward to seeing you in the theater and in the studio soon.