Pennsylvania Ballet http://wrti.org en Pennsylvania Ballet Is Glistening With Jewels http://wrti.org/post/pennsylvania-ballet-glistening-jewels <p></p><p>Pennsylvania Ballet is celebrating its 50th anniversary year. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the season starts with a full-length evening ballet by master choreographer George Ballanchine, with whom the company has had a long-standing personal and artistic connection. Ballanchine's<em> Jewels</em> is inspired by the artistry of jewelry designer Claude Arpels, and unfolds in three distinct sections – Emeralds, Rubies, and Diamonds – each with its own music and mood. The season also includes works by Jerome Robbins and William Forsythe, and two world premieres.</p><p></p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 17:22:00 +0000 Susan Lewis 6565 at http://wrti.org Pennsylvania Ballet Is Glistening With Jewels Unconventional Repertoire At Pennsylvania Ballet http://wrti.org/post/unconventional-repertoire-pennsylvania-ballet <p></p><p>Classical ballet, like its sister art form classical music, is rooted in classic, older repertoire. But as WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, the region's premiere ballet company is stepping away from conventional&nbsp;works for a season-ending program by three living choreographers who have their own distinctive takes on the intersection of contemporary and traditional ballet.</p><p></p><p>Pennsylvania Ballet’s season ending production <em>Forsythe &amp; Kylián</em> runs Thursday through Sunday at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia.</p><p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 12:12:20 +0000 Jim Cotter 5964 at http://wrti.org Unconventional Repertoire At Pennsylvania Ballet PA Ballet Makes Itself At Home http://wrti.org/post/pa-ballet-makes-itself-home <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Pennsylvania Ballet’s latest production, </span><a href="http://www.paballet.org/midsummer" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank"><em>A Midsummer Night's Dream,</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> will be the first to be prepared and rehearsed in its new $17.5 million, purpose-built home on North Broad Street. As </span>WRTI’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Jim Cotter reports, the company has also revived its ballet school and is celebrating its </span>50<sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> anniversary.</span></p><p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 10:02:00 +0000 Jim Cotter 5230 at http://wrti.org PA Ballet Makes Itself At Home A Swan Song For A Prima Ballerina http://wrti.org/post/swan-song-prima-ballerina <p>Jim Cotter speaks with Pennsylvania Ballet Principal dancer Arantxa Ochoa. &nbsp;After 16 years with the company, 11 of those in leading roles, Ochoa will retire from the stage after dancing the title role in <a href="http://www.paballet.org/"><strong><em>Giselle,</em> the ballet’s season-opening production.</strong></a></p> Sat, 20 Oct 2012 15:05:00 +0000 Jim Cotter 4584 at http://wrti.org A Swan Song For A Prima Ballerina Pennsylvania Ballet's N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz http://wrti.org/post/pennsylvania-ballets-ny-export-opus-jazz <p>WRTI&#39;s Jim Cotter speaks with Pennsylvania Ballet Artistic Director Roy Kaiser about the company&rsquo;s season-ending production at the Merriam Theater through June 3rd.<a href="http://www.paballet.org/program_V_1112.html" target="_blank"><strong> Information Here.</strong></a></p> Sat, 02 Jun 2012 15:15:00 +0000 Jim Cotter 3940 at http://wrti.org Pennsylvania Ballet's N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz Pennsylvania Ballet's Contemporary PETER PAN http://wrti.org/post/pennsylvania-ballets-contemporary-peter-pan <p>Scottish playwright J.M. Barrie wrote the now-classic adventure tale of <em>Peter Pan </em>as a play for children in 1904.&nbsp; He transformed it into a novel in 1911.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 07 May 2012 14:07:58 +0000 Susan Lewis 3830 at http://wrti.org Pennsylvania Ballet's Contemporary PETER PAN Pennsylvania Ballet: PETER PAN With a Twist Through May 13th http://wrti.org/post/pennsylvania-ballet-peter-pan-twist-through-may-13th <p>A fantasy born over a hundred years ago continues to resonate today. As Pennsylvania Ballet stages <em>Peter Pan</em>, set to the music of Sir Edward Elgar, WRTI&#39;s Susan Lewis considers the boy who wouldn&#39;t grow up and his relevance to our lives today. <a href="http://www.paballet.org/program_IV_1112.html" target="_blank"><strong>Information about choreographer Trey McIntyre&#39;s <em>Peter Pan </em>at the Academy of Music.</strong></a></p> Mon, 07 May 2012 12:54:47 +0000 Susan Lewis 3827 at http://wrti.org Pennsylvania Ballet: PETER PAN With a Twist Through May 13th Handel's MESSIAH at the Ballet http://wrti.org/post/handels-messiah-ballet <p>Susan Lewis considers George Frideric Handel's iconic 18th-century oratorio and its interpretation in dance as the Pennsylvania Ballet presents choreographer Robert Weiss' MESSIAH, set to the music of Handel. The final performances of MESSIAH, at the Academy of Music, are on March 17th.</p> Mon, 12 Mar 2012 11:14:22 +0000 Susan Lewis 3413 at http://wrti.org Handel's MESSIAH at the Ballet Conductor James Gaffigan--Composer Missy Mazzoli--PA Ballet's MESSIAH http://wrti.org/post/conductor-james-gaffigan-composer-missy-mazzoli-pa-ballets-messiah <p>Jim Cotter speaks with James Gaffigan. The young American conductor, with a growing reputation at home and abroad, conducts The Philadelphia Orchestra on March 8th, 9th and 10th.</p> <p>David Patrick Stearns profiles composer Missy Mazzoli. The in-demand Lansdale native has upcoming commissions from major orchestras, and has just premiered her first multimedia chamber opera.</p> <p>Susan Lewis considers Pennsylvania Ballet's production of the Messiah.</p> Sat, 10 Mar 2012 18:19:00 +0000 Jim Cotter, Susan Lewis & David Patrick Stearns 3274 at http://wrti.org Conductor James Gaffigan--Composer Missy Mazzoli--PA Ballet's MESSIAH A Look at PA Ballet's SWAN LAKE: The Christopher Wheeldon Production is at the Academy of Music http://wrti.org/post/look-pa-ballets-swan-lake-christopher-wheeldon-production-academy-music <p>The success of the movie BLACK SWAN has thrown a Hollywood spotlight on classical ballet. WRTI's Susan Lewis considers Pennsylvania Ballet's current production of SWAN LAKE, its relationship to the original ballet, and its connection to the hit film. The reprisal of the 2004 production has a score by Tchaikovsky.</p> Mon, 07 Mar 2011 14:18:53 +0000 Susan Lewis 3375 at http://wrti.org A Look at PA Ballet's SWAN LAKE: The Christopher Wheeldon Production is at the Academy of Music