Ballet dancers spend an unusual amount of time on their toes, much like the coworker who creeps up behind your chair every day just to watch you for a while. Gaze at grace with this GrouponLive deal.
- One ticket to Pennsylvania Ballet's Director's Choice performance
- When: Friday, May 9, at 7:30 p.m.
- Where: Academy of Music
- Door time: 7 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.
- $20 for balcony side section, rows A, B, H, or I (up to $36 value)
- $35 for side parquet section (up to $76 value)
- $45 for parquet section (up to $96 value)
- Click here to view the seating chart.
For the penultimate show of their 50th season, the Pennsylvania Ballet looks forward with a program of modernist dances. The show includes a world premiere from acclaimed choreographer Trey McIntyre and a company premiere from former PA Ballet Artistic Director Robert Weiss, as well as one of Principal Dancer Julie Diana's final performances before her retirement.
- Trey McIntyre—The Accidental: The award-winning choreographer's newest work is set to the music of singer-songwriter Patrick Watson, and features hand-painted costumes inspired by the art of Francis Bacon.
- Robert Weiss—Grieg: Piano Concerto: A company of 21 dancers move to Grieg's romantic thunderbolt of a concerto, showcasing fluid expressionism as a sheer white sheet billows in the background.
- Christopher Wheeldon—After the Rain: This piece turns the moving, minimalist work of Arvo Pärt into a dance for three couples that contains both tender intimacy and distant longing.
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.