Pennsylvania Ballet presents a mixed repertoire program highlighting the past and future of contemporary dance
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Pennsylvania Ballet Presents Petite Mort and World Premieres
- The program: The past and future of contemporary ballet are featured in the Pennsylvania Ballet’s November mixed repertoire program.
- Petite Mort: created by Czech choreographer Jirí Kylián and premiered originally at the Salzburg Festival in 1991, the second centenary of Mozart’s death. The performance is set to two slow sections of Mozart’s piano concertos. It features six men, six women, and six foils; and they tell a symbolic story of aggression, energy, and vulnerability.
- World premiers: Following Petite Mort are wold premier performances from award-winning choreographer and Pennsylvania Ballet company dancer Russell Ducker and Gallim Dance founder and artistic director Andrea Miller.
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About 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.