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Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's 2011-12 season brings 'Streetcar' premiere

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Monday, Feb. 7, 2011

Fresh takes on familiar stories and returning popular repertoire will animate the five productions of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's 2011-12 season.

The company, which has enjoyed four consecutive years of balanced budgets, plans to add four or five performances to the run of its production of "The Nutcracker," set in Pittsburgh by artistic director Terrence S. Orr.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre will make its debut at the August Wilson Center in February 2012, performing mixed repertoire to live performances of baroque and classical chamber music. The choreographers for this show will be announced at a later date.

In some ways, Orr is most excited about presenting the North American premiere in March of John Neumeier's ballet "A Streetcar Named Desire," based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Tennessee Williams.

"I've seen the play five or six times, plus the movie, and I think this ballet is better than all those," Orr says. "He tells the story incredibly well, with fantastically detailed understand of Blanche -- who she is and why she behaves like this in New Orleans."

The season will open with "Peter Pan" in a ballet created in 2006 by Jordan Morris for the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in Canada. Orr admires the characterizations Morris created, as well as his inclusion of Tinker Bell. This story was most recently danced by the company in February 2007 in Septime Webre's version.

The season closes with "Coppelia," which Orr says is "fun, has a sense of humor and good dancing challenges for the company." The score, which will be performed by the ballet orchestra, was composed by Leo Delibes.

"I did it when I first came here, and people keep asking that it be brought back," Orr says.

All performances will be at the Benedum Center, Downtown, except as noted:

Oct. 28-30: "Peter Pan,"

Dec. 2-23: "The Nutcracker,"

Feb. 8-12, 2012: Mixed repertoire, at the August Wilson Center, Downtown,

March 9-11, 2012: "A Streetcar Named Desire,"

April 13-15, 2012: "Coppelia."

Subscriptions range from $65.25 for three ballets in the least expensive seats to $453.75 for five ballets in the most expensive seats.

Details: 412-454-9107 or .



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