PITTSBURGH, PA (Feb. 15, 2018) – Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Artistic Director
Terrence S. Orr is proud to announce the company’s 2018-2019 Season lineup,
featuring a new production of “The Great Gatsby,” a reunion with Dance Theatre of
Harlem and the official kickoff of PBT’s 50th-anniversary season in February.
The five-ballet season runs October 2018 through May 2019 and includes: “Mozart in
Motion” with the PBT Orchestra, “The Nutcracker,” “The Great Gatsby” with the PBT
Orchestra, “Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre + Dance Theatre of Harlem,” and “The Sleeping
Beauty” with the PBT Orchestra over Mother’s Day weekend.
“This season offers something for every palette. Audiences will see masterworks by
George Balanchine and JiÅ™í Kylián alongside great classics like ‘The Nutcracker’ and
‘The Sleeping Beauty,’” said PBT Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr. “We also look
forward to continuing our partnership with Dance Theatre of Harlem and retelling The
Great Gatsby through the fresh eyes of choreographer Jorden Morris. I think this
season speaks to ballet’s versatility of technique, musical influences and meaning, and
we look forward to sharing it all with our audiences.”
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2018-2019 SEASON LINEUP
“Mozart in Motion” with the PBT Orchestra
Oct. 26-28, 2018 — Benedum Center
Choreography: George Balanchine & JiÅ™í Kylián| Music: W.A. Mozart’s Divertimento No. 15, Six German
Dances , and piano concertos in A Major KV 488 (Adagio) and C Major KV 467 (Andante)
Experience Mozart’s music as muse for three works by dance icons George Balanchine
and JiÅ™í Kylián. Balanchine considered Mozart’s” Divertimento No. 15” one of the finest
ever written, and he named this majestic neoclassical ballet after its spirited score.
Kylián’s “ Six Dances,” set to Mozart’s Six German Dances, is a comedic clash of the
classical and contemporary, sophisticated and absurd, peppered with powdered wigs
and dry wit. By contrast, Kylián’s profound “Petite Mort” juxtaposes the slow
movements of two Mozart piano concertos with powerful dancing that integrates
baroque dresses, fencing foils and black silks to striking effect.
Nov. 30-Dec. 27, 2018 — Benedum Center
Choreography & Staging: Terrence S. Orr | Music: P.I. Tchaikovsky
A winter wonderland awaits at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s “The Nutcracker”! It’s
Christmas Eve in turn-of-the-century Pittsburgh when a mysterious gift sparks a
wondrous adventure. Journey to a Land of Enchantment filled with swirling snowflakes,
waltzing flowers and exciting dances set to Tchaikovsky’s glorious score. Five lavish
scenes, dozens of dancers and over 150 costumes make this one of Pittsburgh’s most
cherished holiday traditions.
“ The Great Gatsby” with the PBT Orchestra - A new production by Jorden Morris
Feb. 8-17, 2019 — Benedum Center
Choreography: Jorden Morris | Music: Carl Davis
Rediscover the revelry and recklessness of the roaring ‘20s in Jorden Morris’ poignant
restaging of “The Great Gatsby.” In the summer of 1922 a romance rekindles between
two of the Long Island elite: married Daisy Buchanan and mysterious Jay Gatsby.
Morris brings F. Scott Fitzgerald’s drama to life with emotive dancing, an original Carl
Davis score and cinematic sets that draw audiences into Gatsby’s exclusive soirees. At
the heart of this story is a man who, beneath the glitz and glamor, sees love as his
guiding light to the American dream.
Coinciding with the opening of “The Great Gatsby,” PBT will unveil the lineup for the
company’s 50th Anniversary Season, which will be celebrated through the close of the
PBT has previously performed Jorden Morris’ “Peter Pan” (2011, 2016) and “ Moulin
Rouge® - The Ballet” (2013).
“Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre + Dance Theatre of Harlem”
March 15-24, 2019 — August Wilson Center
In partnership with the August Wilson Center for African American Culture
Choreography & Music: Mixed repertory
When Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and Dance Theatre of Harlem joined forces in 2017 for
a sold-out run at the August Wilson Center, the Post-Gazette called it “a pas de deux of
voluminous proportions.” Audiences called encore. In March, the companies will reunite
for a mixed repertory production, featuring repertoire signatures from both companies
and a collaborative staging of Stanton Welch’s expressive “Orange,” a sweeping
contemporary ballet set to music by Antonio Vivaldi.
“ The Sleeping Beauty” with the PBT Orchestra
May 10-12, 2019 | Benedum Center | Mother’s Day Weekend
Choreography: after Marius Petipa | Staging: Terrence S. Orr | Music: P.I. Tchaikovsky
“The Sleeping Beauty” ranks among the great story ballets — a tour de force of classical
choreography and fairy-tale charm driven by a magnificent Tchaikovsky score. The tale
comes to life with storybook scenery, glittering costumes and pristine choreography,
which many consider the gold standard for classical technique. Audiences of all ages
will revel in a suite of delightful dances by Princess Aurora and Prince Desire, six fairies,
and storybook characters like Puss ‘n Boots, White Cat and the Bluebirds.