PBT Connects

Take a deep dive with us into Swan Lake – watch recordings of three of our virtual programs!

Virtual Preview  |   Thursday,  May 5  |  7 p.m. – “The Fascinating History of Swan Lake: the World’s Most Beloved Ballet”

Get a fantastic primer ahead of the performance with dance historian and New York Times #1 bestselling author Elizabeth Kaye.* Ms. Kaye is co-author of American Ballet Theatre: A 25-Year Retrospective and has given pre-show lectures at dance companies across the world. Watch a recording of the program here.

Reconsidering Swan Lake: Culture and Context |  Wednesday, May 4  | 12 p.m.

Natalie Rouland, Ph.D., Scholar-in-Residence, Washington Ballet, and Nancy Condee, Ph.D., Director, Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, University of Pittsburgh, discuss the cultural meaning of Swan Lake in Russian politics and ideological history. This program is part of a two-part series, “Swan Lake’s Global Moment” – more information below. Watch a video of the program on YouTube.

“Cultural Exchange and Global Conflict: Swan Lake and Beyond” | Wednesday, May 11 | 12 p.m.

With panelists Adriana Helbig, Ph.D., Chair, Music Department, University of Pittsburgh and Dance Alloy co-founder Elsa Limbach, and moderated by journalist Mila Sanina, MS. The program looks at the role of the arts as cultural export in the context of Russia’s war on Ukraine, with a focus on the experience of marginalized groups and artists during global conflict. This program is part of a two-part series, “Swan Lake’s Global Moment.” Watch a video of the program on YouTube.

Swan Lake’s Global Moment

Co-hosted by Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and World Affairs Council Pittsburgh, the programs in this series examine Swan Lake as a cultural touchpoint in the context of Russia’s current war on Ukraine, as well as the role of artistic performance in cultural exchange and global conflict. 


PBT Connects programs presented in partnership with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

*Photo: Rosalie O’Connor