PBT: New Works

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre presents seven inventive world premieres created by emerging choreographers among its own company dancers: Amanda Cochrane, Julia Erickson, Yoshiaki Nakano, Jessica McCann, William Moore, JoAnna Schmidt and Cooper Verona. Experience the artistry and athleticism of ballet from new angles and support the next generation of dance makers. There will be two different programs, each featuring different choreographers.

Choreography: Mixed repertory program of world premiere works by PBT dancers

 8 p.m. Fri., Mar. 16 | 2 p.m. Sun., Mar. 18 | 2 & 8 p.m. Sat., Mar. 24
Featuring works by William Moore, Amanda Cochrane, JoAnna Schmidt and Yoshiaki Nakano

8 p.m. Sat., Mar. 17 | 8 p.m. Fri., Mar. 23* | 2 p.m. Sun., Mar. 25
Featuring works by Julia Erickson, Cooper Verona and Jessica McCann

*Mar. 23 UPDATE –
Featuring works by Julia Erickson, JoAnna Schmidt and Jessica McCann


Performance Times

  • Friday, March 16, at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 17, at 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 18, at 2 p.m.
  • Friday, March 23, at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 24, at 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 24, at 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 25, at 2 p.m.

Theater Programs

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Plan to join us at an educational program to learn more about New Works! All programs are free and are held at the August Wilson Center.

Fri., Mar.16: Afterthoughts

Begins immediately after the 8 p.m. performance. Wrap up the evening with this lively talk-back with tonight’s choreographers: Principal dancers Amanda Cochrane and Yoshiaki Nakano, and corps de ballet dancers JoAnna Schmidt and William Moore. Located at the front of the orchestra section in the theater; no reservations necessary.

Sat., March 17, 7 – 7:30 p.m: Insights

A preview of the ballets with tonight’s choreographers and Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr. Registration requested online here or email education@pittsburghballet.org.

Sun., Mar. 18, 1 – 1:30 p.m: 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. On the balcony in the theater, no reservations necessary.

Sun., Mar. 25, 2 p.m: Audio-described performance

A live narrative of the ballet for patrons with vision impairment. Click here for more information.

More Info

Dates and Program Order

For notes about the ballets visit our blog!

Or listen to the Program Notes here.

Program I

Performed March 16 ▪ March 18 ▪ March 24, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.

Weighted Affair

Choreography: William Moore

Interlaced Motifs

Choreography: Amanda Cochrane


Choreography: JoAnna Schmidt


Choreography: Yoshiaki Nakano

Program II  – March 23rd Update


Choreography: Julia Erickson


Choreography: JoAnna Schmidt

the silver line.

Choreography: Jessica McCann

Program II

Performed March 17   ▪  March  25


Choreography: Julia Erickson

Thick White Sheets

Choreography: Cooper Verona

the silver line.

Choreography: Jessica McCann

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