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Pittsburgh is a hub for artistic innovation and the city's adored ballet company, the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, is a testament to that reputation.
With performances located in the heart of the 14-square-block Cultural District and a line-up featuring both contemporary and traditional productions, you're sure to find the perfect night out with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre tickets! Whether you're making memories with the family or looking for a romantic night out with your significant other, the Pittsburgh Ballet makes for a memorable experience.
The 2016-2017 season marks a particularly special year for the ballet with revered Artistic Director, Terrence Orr, celebrating his 20th season with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and the ballet unveiling the new Byham Center for Dance on September 25 with a Free Community Day!
Mark your calendar for these exciting upcoming productions:
October 28-30, Benedum Center
Accompanied by live music from the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Ballet season opens with Giselle. In honor of Terrance Orr's 20th season with the ballet, this production features completely new scenery and costumes while telling the haunting and heartbreaking story of Giselle. This nearly 100 year old ballet features intricate technique and depicts Giselle's journey first to love then into the underworld, a disastrous adventure caused by true love's betrayal.
Can't get enough of Giselle? Reserve tickets to Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's Pointe in Time: Gala Giselle on November 12.
December 2-27, Sensory-Friendly Performance: December 27, Benedum Center
Don't miss Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's annual production of The Nutcracker! A loved, family tradition, the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre amazes with dazzling scenery, a traditional Tchaikovsky score, and more than 150 talented dancers. Each year the ballet adds more festive features as the audience journeys through the classic story with sugar plums, Marie, the rat king, and, of course, the iconic Nutcracker. Staged in the ornate Benedum Center, this is a must-experience holiday tradition for audiences of all ages!
Insider tip: You can catch the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's annual preview of The Nutcracker during Pittsburgh's annual Light Up Night celebration in Phipps Conservatory's whimsical, holiday poinsettia room!
February 10-19, Benedum Center
In February, the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre presents the eccentric Alice in Wonderland. This production features classic characters from Lewis Carroll's timeless story, bold illusions like size-changing scenery and playing card tutus, a Tchaikovsky medley, more than 100 elaborate costumes, and, of course, impressively intricate technique choreographed by Derek Deane. It's surreal, quirky, impressive and so much more.
March 17-26, August Wilson Center
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and the Pittsburgh Dance Council have orchestrated PBT's first cross-company production with the renowned Dance Theatre of Harlem. In an evening of mixed repertoire, the Dance Theatre of Harlem will perform a signature piece while the Pittsburgh Ballet will perform Dwight Rhoden's StrayLifeLushHorn performed with live music by the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra. The partnership culminates with the two companies joining forces for a featured pas de deux.
April 21-23, Benedum Center
Watch Romeo and Juliet's iconic and heartbreaking love story unfold with breath-taking ballet. Audiences will be amazed at all the thrills of classic Shakespeare, including extraordinary sword fights and Derek Deane's acclaimed choreography. Artistic chemistry between the dancers combined with vibrant music from the orchestra will transport audiences on a journey to Verona to watch the drama unfold.
The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre is dedicated to making ballet inclusive, with PBT being the first professional ballet company to offer sensory-friendly performances of The Nutcracker. Additionally, the ballet also offers audio-described performances for those with visual impairments.
For more ballet entertainment, check out Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's special performance dates with features like Afterthoughts with the artists, Talks with Terry that includes watching the dancers warm-up, and more.
(The Pittsburgh Ballet Theater's Nutcracker. Photo Credit: Rich Sofranko)