Pennsylvania Ballet

Creatively Speaking
7:42 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Pennsylvania Ballet: Carrying Tradition Forward

Pennsylvania Ballet Principal Dancers Julie Diana and Zachary Hench in AFTER THE RAIN
Alexander Iziliaev

Pennsylvania Ballet, this week, performs the penultimate program of its 50th-anniversary year. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the season reflects a philosophy that encourages innovation while building on tradition and the specific talents of the company.

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Creatively Speaking
1:22 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Pennsylvania Ballet Is Glistening With Jewels

George Ballanchine's JEWELS is at the Academy of Music through October 27th.

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 Jewels 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.

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Creatively Speaking
8:12 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Unconventional Repertoire At Pennsylvania Ballet

Choreographer William Forsythe

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 works for a season-ending program by three living choreographers who have their own distinctive takes on the intersection of contemporary and traditional ballet.

Pennsylvania Ballet’s season ending production Forsythe & Kylián runs Thursday through Sunday at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia.

Creatively Speaking
6:02 am
Mon March 11, 2013

PA Ballet Makes Itself At Home

Principal Dancer Arantxa Ochoa and Former Company Member Maximilien Baud in A Midsummer Night's Dream, choreography by George Balanchine
Paul Kolnik

Pennsylvania Ballet’s latest production, A Midsummer Night's Dream, will be the first to be prepared and rehearsed in its new $17.5 million, purpose-built home on North Broad Street. As WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, the company has also revived its ballet school and is celebrating its 50th anniversary.


Creatively Speaking
11:05 am
Sat October 20, 2012

A Swan Song For A Prima Ballerina

Jim Cotter speaks with Pennsylvania Ballet Principal dancer Arantxa Ochoa.  After 16 years with the company, 11 of those in leading roles, Ochoa will retire from the stage after dancing the title role in Giselle, the ballet’s season-opening production.

Creatively Speaking
11:15 am
Sat June 2, 2012

Pennsylvania Ballet's N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz

WRTI's Jim Cotter speaks with Pennsylvania Ballet Artistic Director Roy Kaiser about the company’s season-ending production at the Merriam Theater through June 3rd. Information Here.

Creatively Speaking
10:07 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Pennsylvania Ballet's Contemporary PETER PAN

Scottish playwright J.M. Barrie wrote the now-classic adventure tale of Peter Pan as a play for children in 1904.  He transformed it into a novel in 1911. 

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News & Views
8:54 am
Mon May 7, 2012

Pennsylvania Ballet: PETER PAN With a Twist Through May 13th

A fantasy born over a hundred years ago continues to resonate today. As Pennsylvania Ballet stages Peter Pan, set to the music of Sir Edward Elgar, WRTI's Susan Lewis considers the boy who wouldn't grow up and his relevance to our lives today. Information about choreographer Trey McIntyre's Peter Pan at the Academy of Music.

News & Views
7:14 am
Mon March 12, 2012

Handel's MESSIAH at the Ballet

Philadelphia, PA – WRTI's 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.

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Creatively Speaking
1:19 pm
Sat March 10, 2012

Conductor James Gaffigan--Composer Missy Mazzoli--PA Ballet's MESSIAH

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.

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.

Susan Lewis considers Pennsylvania Ballet's production of the Messiah.

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