Pennsylvania Ballet

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.

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.

Unconventional Repertoire At Pennsylvania Ballet

Jun 11, 2013

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.

PA Ballet Makes Itself At Home

Mar 11, 2013
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.

A Swan Song For A Prima Ballerina

Oct 20, 2012

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.

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

Jun 2, 2012

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.