The Philadelphia Ballet 2021-2022 Season marks its inaugural bearing its new name. That’s right: Pennsylvania Ballet is now Philadelphia Ballet.
“Our company’s evolution into Philadelphia Ballet is not just a cosmetic change. After a year of deep hardship, it is more important than ever that our name reflect the communities we serve and embody the true spirit of our company,” said Executive Director Shelly Power. “Philadelphia is at the core of all that we do. It is not only our home but also our inspiration, a city that both embraces its rich history and thrives on experimentation. Furthermore, our late founder, Barbara Weisberger, originally intended to name her company Philadelphia Ballet. Taking this step to evolve our identity not only honors her intentions, but also celebrates our real and intrinsic connection to the communities of Philadelphia.”
After almost sixty years identifying as the state’s ballet company, the decision has been made to bring their overall vision closer to their physical home in Philadelphia. According to a release by the company, it was made “from a period of deep reflection on the past, present and potential future of the company’s goals and values” and how they closely associate with the history of the city.
With the name change also comes a redesign of the logo which now “embodies athleticism and a tireless commitment to excellence”.
This exciting evolution is heralded by a return to live performances in the announced 2021-2022 season during which the dancers will often be accompanied by the Philadelphia Ballet Orchestra.