“This season is really one of celebration here at PBT. This year we are bringing old and new audience favorites, including Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella, as well as Helen Pickett’s glorious Petal, and one of Geroge Balanchine’s most iconic works, Allegro Brillante,” said PBT Acting Executive Director Kathryn Gigler. “We also look forward to presenting a world premiere by Jennifer Archibaldin partnership with Violins of Hope Greater Pittsburgh. We’re excited to invite all of Pittsburgh to come dance with us!”
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre 2023-2024 Season Schedule
Light in the Dark | October 27-29, 2023
World Premiere by Jennifer Archibald
Loss by Sasha Janes
Lacrimosa by Anabelle Lopez Ochoa
PBT’s season opener tells powerful stories of tragedy, hope and human connection. The program’s central work, a world premiere by Jennifer Archibald, celebrates the life of Florence Waren, a Jewish dancer who lived in Paris and bravely worked with the French Resistance during World War II. The haunting choreography emphasizes her harrowing experience during this period in history.
Completing this program are two incredibly gorgeous ballets showcasing stunning movement and emotional depths. Loss from Sasha Janes is a heartbreaking portrayal of a couple grappling with the death of a child. Lacrimosa by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa is a poignant ballet inspired by religious artwork.
The Nutcracker | December 8-28, 2023
The Nutcracker by Terrence S. Orr
Celebrate the most delightful time of year with one of Pittsburgh’s most cherished holiday traditions – The Nutcracker! Join Marie, her Nutcracker prince and hundreds of fascinating characters for an unforgettable adventure through the Land of Enchantment.
Revel in the stunning scenes, spectacular costumes, sparkling snowflakes and instantly recognizable Tchaikovsky score. The Nutcracker will sweep you into the most magical time of the year.
Experience this timeless romantic tale about the transformative power of love, played out against the backdrop of an enchanted forest full of magical creatures. This full-length classical ballet has gorgeous costumes, magnificent choreography, whimsical characters and sets that come alive. The captivating Beauty and the Beast is sure to delight both the young and the young at heart.
Spring Mix | April 5-7, 2024
Petal by Helen Pickett
Allegro Brillante by George Balanchine
PBT’s spring mixed repertory program will feature two pieces selected by Adam W. McKinney in his new role as PBT’s artistic director. Also on stage will be the vibrant colors and high energy of Spring reflected in Helen Pickett’s sparkling Petal.
Rounding out the program is the exhilarating piece George Balanchine declared “everything I know about classical ballet in thirteen minutes,” his exuberant and joyous Allegro Brillante.
Cinderella | May 17-19, 2024
Cinderella by Jayne Smeulders
Will Cinderella dance her way to the royal ball and meet her prince before the clock strikes midnight? Get swept away by this beloved, entrancing rags to romance story. This full-length ballet is a treat for the whole family, brimming with true love, classical choreography, magnificent costumes & sets and – of course – a fairy tale ending that’s just the perfect fit.