PBT Connects Theater Programs

Enrich your ballet experience with our pre-and-post-show educational programs.

This is your chance to pick the brain of our artistic director, dancers and visiting artists as they fill you in on the the creative process behind bringing a ballet to the stage. These programs are complimentary for all ticket holders and held at the Benedum Center or August Wilson Center.*

For questions about any of our theater programs email education@pittsburghballet.org or call 412-454-9109.


Special Swan Lake Preview

Fri., Feb. 16, at 7 p.m:  Join us for a preview of the ballet with Principal Dancer Alexandra Kochis and Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr. Ms. Kochis is dancing the role of Odette / Odile in two upcoming performances. In the theater, no reservations necessary.


Afterthoughts

Wrap up the evening with this lively talk-back with dancers and other artists. Friday night, starting immediately after the performance. Located at the front of the orchestra section in the theater; no reservations necessary.

Oct. 27, 2017: Dracula – Talk with Dracula himself! Principal dancer Alejandro Diaz and Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr take discuss the ballet and take your questions.

Dec. 1, 2017: The Nutcracker – Soloist Diana Yohe and Corps de Ballet dancer Joseph Parr talk with the audience about the performance, their many roles in The Nutcracker, and what the ballet means to them.

Mar. 16, 2018: PBT: New Works* – Tonight’s choreographers, William Moore, JoAnna Schmidt, Amanada Cochrane and Yoshiaki Nakano join Mr. Orr to discuss their works.

May 4, 2018: West Side Story + In the Night + Fancy Free – Répétiteurs Bart Cook and Julio Monge and voice coach Joan Barber answer your questions about the ballets and the process of rehearsing them with the PBT Company.

*August Wilson Center theater


Family Pointe

Bring the whole family! –  to an entertaining pre-show program designed for all ages. In this 30-minute program, see costumed characters and get up on your feet and try out some steps from the ballet. A great way to get familiar with the production before the show. Saturday, 1 p.m. Enter the theater at the Stage Door, 719 Liberty Ave., 15222. Please reserve your spot below.

Oct. 28, 2017: Dracula – Meet Dracula’s creepy horses (dancers in costume, that is!). This program will be ASL interpreted.

Dec. 9, 2017: The Nutcracker – The mischievous sheep characters from Act 2 show us their dance moves!

Feb. 17, 2018: Swan Lake – Meet Siegfried’s mother, the Queen, and learn some of the mime that helps to tell the ballet’s story. We’ll also get up on our feet and try out some Swan Lake choreography! Reserve your spot here.

 


Insights

An in-depth discussion with PBT’s artistic staff and visiting artists, whose personal insights provide unique historical and cultural context for the production. Saturday, 7 p.m; program is 30 minutes long. On the Mezzanine at the Benedum Center (except where noted). Please reserve your spot below.

Oct. 28, 2017: Dracula – Former PBT principal dancer Christopher Budzynski joins Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr in a preview of the ballet. Mr. Budzynski danced the role of Frederick in PBT’s 2011 production and is now a full-time ballet faculty member with PBT School.

Feb. 17, 2018: Swan Lake – Join us for in-depth discussion about Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score for Swan Lake with Maestro Charles Barker and Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr.

Mar. 17, 2018:  PBT: New Works* –  Preview the works on the program this evening when our dancer-choreographers join Mr. Orr.

May 5, 2018: West Side Story + In the Night + Fancy Free – Maestro Charles Barker discusses Leonard Bernstein’s groundbreaking scores for Fancy Free and West Side Story. Reserve your spot here!

*August Wilson Center Cultivation Center


Talks with Terry

Never seen ballet class before? This is your chance! Watch a few minutes of the end of the company’s warm-up class on stage; then Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr rounds out the program with a ballet preview and a Q & A with the audience. Sunday, 1 p.m. (unless otherwise noted); in the theater, no reservations necessary.

Oct. 29, 2017: Dracula

Dec. 3, 2017: The Nutcracker (11 a.m.)

Feb. 18, 2018: Swan Lake 

Mar. 18, 2018: New Works*

May 6, 2018: West Side Story + In the Night + Fancy Free (2 p.m.)

August Wilson Center, balcony


Ballet Adventures

The best way for children to connect with a ballet performance is to dance it themselves! No dance experience is required for this fun, 50-minute class that takes place just before a matinee performance. Warm up, learn basic ballet steps and try out modified choreography from The Nutcracker or Swan Lake. Appropriate for boys and girls, ages 5 – 13.  Fee: $25, in addition to ticket purchase for the corresponding matinee. Classes located at the Benedum Center; enter the theater at the Stage Door, 719 Liberty Ave., 15222.

The Nutcracker: Dec. 16, 2017, 12 – 12:50 p.m. Click here for more information, to purchase tickets for the 2 p.m. matinee and to register for the class.

Click here to register for the class if you’ve already purchased tickets to the matinee.

Swan Lake: Feb. 24, 2018, 12 – 12:50 p.m. Click here for more information, to purchase tickets for the 2 p.m. matinee and to register for the class.