Sunday, February 17, 2013

PBT Unveils New Season

February 15, 2013

Contact: Meghan McNamara
Marketing Coordinator

(Pittsburgh, PA) – Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr has unveiled the company’s 2013-2014 season, featuring a Pittsburgh premiere, a mixed repertory performance at the August Wilson Center and two of classical ballet’s most masterful stories. The five-production lineup includes An Evening of Twyla Tharp, The Nutcracker,Swan Lake, 3x3 and Don Quixote.

2013-2014 SEASON
An Evening of Twyla Tharp | October 25-27, 2013 | Benedum Center
Choreography:  Twyla Tharp
Music (In the Upper Room): Philip Glass
Music (Nine Sinatra Songs): Various compositions sung by Frank Sinatra (Softly, As I Leave You, Strangers in the Night, One For My Baby, My Way, Somethin' Stupid, All the Way, Forget Domani, That's Life. later version of My Way)
Costumes (In the Upper Room): Norma Kamali
Costumes (Nine Sinatra Songs): Oscar de la Renta

Experience a choreographic power couple when PBT presents two works by Tony and Emmy award-winning choreographer Twyla Tharp. Described by Tharp as “fierce, driving and relentless,” In the Upper Room melds ballet and modern dance in a powerful tour de force driven by Philip Glass’s rhythmic score. In Nine Sinatra Songs, Tharp blends ballet and ballroom movement, elevating the glamour and finesse of social dancing to a dance theatre quality. Find additional choreography notes at

The Nutcracker | December 6-29, 2013 | Benedum Center
Concept and Choreography: Terrence S. Orr
Music: Peter I. Tchaikovsky
Scenic and Costume Design: Zack Brown

The magic of The Nutcracker illuminates the stage with more than 150 performers, hundreds of costumes and choreography that displays the versatility of PBT dancers like no other season production. With more than 20 unique casting combinations and 100 exuberant characters, an aura of excitement surrounds each performance of this timeless holiday tradition for dancers and audiences alike. Find additional choreography notes

Swan Lake with the Orchestra | Feb. 13-16, 2014 | Benedum Center
Choreography after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov
Staged by: Terrence S. Orr
Music:  Peter I. Tchaikovsky
Costumes: Peter Farmer
Set Design: Julia Trevelyan Oman

One of Tchaikovsky’s most famous ballets, Swan Lake symbolizes more than 100 years of tradition and some of the most revered roles in classical ballet. In a performance of emotional intensity and technical mastery, the ballerina captures the essence of both eternal love and deception in the coveted dual role of Odette and Odile. Considered the most popular of all classical ballets, Swan Lake showcases the company’s female dancers with intricate choreography for the Corps de Ballet and the dramatic power of its male dancers in the roles of the evil Von Rothbart and the chivalrous Prince Siegfried. Find additional choreography notes at

3x3 | March 7-16, 2014 | August Wilson Center
Choreography: Dwight Rhoden, Julia Adam, World Premiere

PBT pushes the boundaries of ballet in a mixed repertory program showcasing three of today’s most compelling choreographers. Experience an unconventional exploration of ballet musicality and movement featuring a PBT world premiere, the cross-cultural fusion of Julia Adam’s Ketubah and the expressive syncopation of Dwight Rhoden’s Smoke ‘n Rosesset to the live vocals of Pittsburgh’s own Etta Cox.

In Ketubah – a 2014 Pittsburgh premiere – Adam draws from her own heritage to set in motion a series of Jewish marriage customs through a hybrid of ballet, modern and Israeli folk dance set to traditional Klezmer music.

Don Quixote with the Orchestra | April 11-13, 2014 | Benedum Center
Choreography after Marius Petipa and Alexander Gorsky
Staged by: Terrence S. Orr
Music: Ludwig Minkus
Costumes & Set Design: Santo Loquasto

Ranked among ballet’s most complex choreography, Don Quixote weaves a rich tapestry of love, illusion and adventure based on Cervantes’ classic Spanish novel. Packed with balletic bravado, intricate footwork and virtuoso variations, Don Quixote claims one of the most breathtaking grand pas de deux in classical ballet. Find additional choreography notes at

Subscriptions for 3, 4, or 5-ballet packages range in price from $66 to $483.75 and can be purchased by calling Ticketing Manager Tanaz Walendziewicz at 412-454-9107, or online  Single tickets go on sale in September 2013.

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