Pennsylvania Ballet

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In a Nutshell

Lauded company showcases four separate ballets that contain elements of traditional and abstract ballet, jazz, and multimedia

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The Deal

  • $20 for one ticket for Tier 2 orchestra seating (up to $55.50 value)
  • $35 for one ticket for Tier 1 orchestra seating (up to $131.50 value)
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  • Thursday, February 4, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, February 5, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 6, at 2 p.m. or 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 7, at 2 p.m.

Strength and Longing

  • The program: four separate ballets that delve into the dual themes of strength and longing while showcasing various types of choreography and dancing
  • The premiere: Without Words, Nacho Duato’s piece that incorporates photographs to show how humans interact with one another
  • The music interpretation: Justin Peck’s Chutes and Ladders, which is set to a live soundtrack of Britten’s String Quartet No. 1 in D Major
  • The male dance quartet: For Four, which represents American, Danish, Spanish, and Russian dance styles
  • The finale: NY Export: Opus Jazz, a ballet-jazz mashup that zeroes in on the angst of post-war era teens

Pennsylvania Ballet

Pennsylvania Ballet has deep ties to dance history. The company was formed in 1963 by Barbara Weisberger, a protégé of the great George Balanchine. Perhaps due to that remarkable connection, the ballet's mission has always been to celebrate the classics. An annual staging of Balanchine's The Nutcracker and other favorites pay tribute to dance's traditional beauty. But the artists still look to the future of the art form, which surprisingly doesn't involve pieces set to laserbeats. The group is known for innovative takes on canonical fixtures, from a re-imagined Swan Lake to the world premiere of Matthew Neenan's Carmina Burana.

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