Ballet Under the Stars

Your favorite end-of-summer tradition is back! Gather your friends and family, pack your picnic blankets and head on over to beautiful Hartwood Acres for some late afternoon family fun, followed by an evening of outdoor ballet – all free to the public!

Free Pre-show Family Fun: 5 – 7 p.m.

Festivities kick off at 5 p.m. with food trucks and free kids’ stations, including craft and dance activities, balloon animals and more.

VIP Picnic in the Park: 5 – 7 p.m.

Join fellow ballet enthusiasts under the VIP tent for wine, dinner catered by Sprezzatura and the opportunity to meet PBT artists and staff! $75 per adult | $20 per child

Make a VIP Picnic Reservation

Free Performance: 7:30 p.m.

Arrive early with picnic blankets and chairs to stake out your spot on the lawn, and enjoy a relaxing evening of lovely music and breathtaking ballet. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates!

Excerpts from the full-length ballet Paquita

Choreography by Marius Petipa | Staged by Susan Jaffe, Marianna Tcherkassky, Steven Annegarn
Music by Édouard Deldevez and Ludwig Minkus

Paquita Grand Pas Classique from Act III – The full-length story takes place in Spain during the presence of Napoleon’s army. The heroine is the young gypsy girl, Paquita. Unbeknownst to Paquita, she is really of noble birth, having been abducted by gypsies when she was an infant. She saves the life of a young French officer, Lucien d’Hervilly, who is the target of a Spanish governor who desires to have him killed by Iñigo, a gypsy chief. By way of a medallion she discovers that she is of noble birth, being in fact the cousin of Lucien. As such, she and the Officer are able to get married.

The Quiet Dance

Choreographed by Kyle Abraham
Music: Some Other Time by Leonard Bernstein played by Bill Evans

The Quiet Dance (2011) is a quintet set to Bill Evan’s sentimental rendition of the Bernstein classic, Some Other Time. Abraham is a Pittsburgh Native who began his dance training at Pittsburgh CLO and graduated from Pittsburgh Public Schools’ Creative and Performing Arts Magnet School (CAPA). He has received numerous distinguished awards, including the Princess Grace Award for Choreography and a MacArthur Genius grant.

Three – 4,6,8

Choreographed by Helen Pickett
Music by Philip Glass: Einstein on the Beach: Knee Play 1

Helen Pickett, an award-winning American choreographer for dance on stage and film, has created a world premiere for Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Three – 4,6,8 makes its debut as a highly energized, architectural and kinetic contemporary dance for three men. It is rich and complex, while embracing camaraderie, competition and community.

Excerpts from the full-length ballet Napoli

Choreography by August Bournonville | Staged by Henning Albrechtsen
Music by Edvard Helsted and Holger Simon Paulli

Napoli, or The Fisherman and His Bride, was choreographed in 1842 by August Bournonville for Denmark’s Royal Ballet. Set in Italy, the ballet tells the story of Gennaro, a poor fisherman, and his beloved Teresina, as they overcome forces that attempt to thwart their love. The Pas de Six and Tarantella are from the lively and exuberant wedding celebration in Act 3.  Napoli is a beautiful example of Bournonville’s signature style, which includes fast, technically difficult footwork and jumps that are executed with joy.

Become an Event Sponsor!

Interested in sponsoring Ballet Under the Stars? Contact Erin Starzynski, Corporate and Government Relations Manager, at 412-454-9138 (office) or 412-398-8027 (cell).

COVID-19 Health and Safety Policies

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre remains committed to monitoring and following current government requirements and public health guidelines. COVID-19 mitigation measures have been lifted in Pennsylvania, and the order requiring universal face coverings has been lifted statewide. PBT will provide updates on its website and social media pages if changes to state and government guidelines affect this event.

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