Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre to present classics, modern works
By Mark Kanny
Published: Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre will present three full-length classical ballets, along with two evenings of modern dance, including one Pittsburgh premiere, in its 2013-14 season.
“What I like most about the season is that I can't pick one thing (to like most),” says artistic director Terrence Orr, the ballet's artistic director. “I like all these programs because the audience will like them and the dancers will thoroughly enjoy doing each of these productions. It's not always the case, but each of these programs gives challenges to the company at large.”
The ballet's 2013-14 season:
“An Evening of Twyla Tharp, “Oct. 25 to 27: The season opens with a pair of works by the iconic choreographer, whose style is both eclectic and individual. “In the Upper Room,” set to music by Philip Glass, juxtaposes “Stompers” in running shoes with “Bomb Squad” dancers in pointe shoes in a work Tharp describes as “fierce, driving and relentless.” “Nine Sinatra Songs” is one of her most popular pieces, offering her take on 1950s social dancing — with costumes by Oscar de la Renta.
“The Nutcracker,” Dec. 6 to 29: Additional performances of the perennial holiday favorite will be added in 2013 for Orr's Pittsburgh-based staging, which debuted in 2002. Orr will continue to tweak his production of this story of a young woman's magical Christmas Eve to keep it fresh for the performers and families who make this show a family tradition.
“Swan Lake,” Feb. 13 to 16, 2014: The most popular of classical ballets is an ultra-romantic story lifted by the tuneful and dramatic music of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The ballet's production updates the traditional staging of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov to modern technical standards. Music director Charles Barker will conduct the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Orchestra.
“3x3,” March 7 to 16: The annual show in the more-intimate space of the August Wilson Center will present the Pittsburgh premiere of “Ketubah” by Julia Adams. She offers her own mix of ballet, modern and Israeli folk dance, set to Klezmer music, to explore marriage customs. Also on the program is “Smoke 'n Roses” by Dwight Rhoden, which was created for the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and had its world premiere in 2007. The deeply musical choreographer was inspired by the jazz, blues and gospel styles of singer Etta Cox, who will perform.
“Don Quixote,” April 11 to 13: Orr says Marius Petipa's and Alexander Gorsky's work, based on Miguel de Cervantes' famous novel, is “an incredible full-length ballet, full of acrobatics, difficult technically and very funny.” The score by Ludwig Minkus will be performed live by Barker and the orchestra.
Subscriptions cost $66 for three shows in the least-expensive seats to $483.75 for five shows in the most expensive seats. Single tickets will go on sale in September.
Details: 412-454-9117 or www.pbt.org.
Mark Kanny is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7877 or email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Steelers notebook: Woodley practices but unsure where he’ll play
- 4 holiday tech mistakes to avoid
- North Hills school library media specialist recognized for work
- Trans-Siberian Orchestra goes full-tilt for outer edges
- Classic novel, new movie share little beyond like titles
- Kovacevic: Keeping faith in Letang is simple
- County takes lead on Monsour demolition
- County board seeks members
- East Deer will buy $61K dump truck
- Owner of Natrona Heights store indicted for food stamp fraud
- Book idea flows from Springdale girl’s death