Ballet Under the Stars
- Date: Aug 22, 2021
- Venue: Hartwood Acres Middle Road Concert Area
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!
Pre-show Family Fun: 5 – 7 p.m.
Arrive early to set up your picnic area (don’t forget your chairs and blankets!) and order dinner from one of our on-site food trucks. Limited family activities include grab-and-go crafts, free balloon art and dance lessons led by PBT staff. Masks are required in the family activity area.
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!
Free Performance: 7:30 p.m.
Casting below subject to change.
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
Gabrielle Thurlow Yoshiaki Nakano
1st Variation, Jessica McCann
2nd Variation, Marisa Grywalski
3rd Variation, Alexandra Kochis
4th Variation, Diana Yohe
Erin Casale, Elizabeth Devanney, Madeline Gradle, Tommie Kesten, Caitlyn Mendicino, Amanda Morgan, Grace Rookstool, Victoria Watford
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
Jonathan Breight, Tommie Kesten, Cooper Verona, Victoria Watford
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
Corey Bourbonniere, Kurtis Sprowls, Josiah Kauffman
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
Pas de Six
Caitlyn Mendicino, Joseph Parr, Victoria Watford Erin Casale, Lucius Kirst, Amanda Morgan
1st Variation, Masahiro Haneji
2nd Variation, Diana Yohe
3rd Variation, Colin McCaslin
4th Variation, William Moore
5th Variation, JoAnna Schmidt
6th Variation, Tommie Kesten
7th Variation, Amanda Morgan
Erin Casale, Grace Rookstool, Tommie Kesten, Amanda Morgan, JoAnna Schmidt, Caitlyn Mendicino, Victoria Watford, Diana Yohe
Corey Bourbonniere, Jonathan Breight, Masahiro Haneji, Lucius Kirst, Colin McCaslin, William Moore, Joseph Parr, Cooper Verona
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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