PENNSYLVANIA BALLET ANNOUNCES
Company Premiere Works by Jerome Robbins and William Forsythe
World Premiere by Matthew Neenan
Invitation to perform George Balanchine's The Nutcracker
at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC
Tribute to Fredric Chopin's 200th Birthday
All Chopin Program, March 2010
Roy Kaiser's 30th year with the Company and 15th as Artistic Director
Artistic Director Roy Kaiser announces a bold and compelling 2009-2010 Season
featuring fifteen visionary ballets on six dynamic programs, including Company
Premieres by Jerome Robbins and William Forsythe, and a World Premiere by
Choreographer in Residence Matthew Neenan.
The season includes four innovative repertory programs, one classic full-length work
and the critically acclaimed production of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker. The
Company was invited to perform The Nutcracker at the Kennedy Center in Washington,
DC in late November before returning to the Academy of Music in December.
Among the repertory programs presented, a World Premiere by Mr. Neenan will join
ballets by George Balanchine and Agnes de Mille to open the season in October. The
Company will perform ballets choreographed by Mr. Robbins and Mr. Neenan to the
music of Frederic Chopin in celebration of the composer's 200th birthday in March.
The long-awaited Company premieres of Mr. Robbins's lyrical masterwork Afternoon of
a Faun and Mr. Forsythe's fiercely brilliant In The Middle, Somewhat Elevated will
follow in May.
Mr. Kaiser celebrates his 30th year with the Company and 15th as Artistic Director
in the 2009-2010 season by continuing to expand an increasingly diverse repertoire
of classical and innovative works performed by Pennsylvania Ballet, widely regarded
as one of the premier ballet companies in the country.
"I've always drawn inspiration from the extraordinary dancers who continually seek
to improve their technical virtuosity and impassioned artistry," says Mr. Kaiser. "I
remain committed to presenting challenging and provocative programming, and I think
this season really represents the artistic strength of the Company."
PENNSYLVANIA BALLET'S 2009-2010 SEASON
*Denotes Company Premiere
October 21 - 25, 2009
Academy of Music
* Theme and Variations: Choreography by George Balanchine (Music: Tschaikovsky)
* World Premiere: Choreography by Matthew Neenan, Choreographer in Residence
* Rodeo: Choreography by Agnes de Mille (Music: Copland)
In Theme and Variations, Balanchine pays homage to the Imperial Russian Ballet of
his youth in one of his most technically demanding works. This plotless ballet
features glittering costumes and inventive choreography that is credited with
bringing classical ballet into the 20th century.
Choreographer in Residence Matthew Neenan creates his 12th new work especially for
the Company in his own unique contemporary style.
The allure of the cowboy is the focus of de Mille's Rodeo, which captures the
pioneering spirit of the American character and the exuberance of youth. A defining
achievement in de Mille's early choreographic career, Rodeo is an optimistic tale of
a tomboy's attempt to lasso in love, with Copland's exuberant score setting the
George Balanchine's The Nutcracker: Choreography by George Balanchine (Music:
November 24 - 29, 2009
The Kennedy Center
Pennsylvania Ballet has accepted an invitation to perform George Balanchine's The
Nutcracker at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, one of the most
prestigious cultural venues in the country. This engagement will mark the first time
the Balanchine version of The Nutcracker has been performed in Washington, DC.
Tickets go on sale to the public August 12, 2009.
December 12 - 31, 2009
Academy of Music
Presenting Sponsor: PNC
Our critically acclaimed production returns to the Academy of Music to delight
audiences of all ages in this enduring holiday classic. The Nutcracker Prince, the
Mouse King, the Sugarplum Fairy join the Philadelphia Boys Choir as the Company
mesmerizes audiences with extraordinary sets and exquisite costumes. Tickets go on
sale to the public June 15, 2009.
March 4 - 13, 2010
Academy of Music
* The Four Temperaments: Choreography by George Balanchine (Music: Hindemith)
* Carmina Burana: Choreography by Matthew Neenan, Choreographer in Residence (Music:
The stunning simplicity and angular architecture of The Four Temperaments became the
standard for Balanchine works. The work is an abstraction of ancient doctrines that
enumerated the four aspects of a person's disposition.
A thunderous score and innovative choreography punctuate Matthew Neenan's fiery
Carmina Burana, which premiered to sold out audiences in 2007 when The Philadelphia
Inquirer declared it "simply scintillating... steamy and explosive...a triumph."
Neenan fuses the power of Orff's classic work with his eruptive movement and
March 10 - 14, 2010
Academy of Music
* The Crossed Line: Choreography by Matthew Neenan, Choreographer in Residence
* In the Night: Choreography by Jerome Robbins (Music: Chopin)
* The Concert: Choreography by Jerome Robbins (Music: Chopin)
A trio of works that embody the emotional range and inventiveness of Frederic Chopin
celebrate the famed composer's 200th birthday.
The Crossed Line explores the boundaries and shifting nature of relationships to
Chopin piano concertos transcribed for piano and violin/cello. The piece began as an
idea Mr. Neenan developed while attending New York City Ballet's Choreographer
Institute in September 2003. The concept grew into an exciting commission for
Pennsylvania Ballet in April 2004, and was critically acclaimed for "Neenan's crisp
choreography, creativity, and innovativeness are refreshingly unpredictable."
In the Night uses four Chopin nocturnes as inspiration for three intimate pas de
deux that articulate graduated stages of love and romance. Each episode is a tableau
of romance - tender young love, mature and balanced love, and explosive passion.
Robbins's three heroines each has a distinct character, as do the principals who
portray them. When last performed, The Washington Post observed "[The Company's
performance]... was liquid smooth. At its heart was an extraordinary dancer, Riolama
Lorenzo, who made you notice critical little things such as how she rose onto pointe
as if a breath started in her feet and advanced right up into her rib cage."
The Concert, Robbins's comedic masterpiece set during a piano recital, envelopes
audiences with its sidesplitting humor, witty timing, and satirical choreography in
its spirited salute to Chopin. The onstage accompanist engages in the antics, which
send everyone home laughing.
May 5 - 9, 2010
* Square Dance: Choreography by George Balanchine (Music: Vivaldi/Corelli)
* Afternoon of a Faun*: Choreography by Jerome Robbins (Music: Debussy)
* Requiem for a Rose: Choreography by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa (Music: Schubert)
* In The Middle, Somewhat Elevated*: Choreography by William Forsythe (Music: Willems)
Master choreographer George Balanchine's Square Dance explores the juxtapositions of
American folk dances and classical ballet. The hierarchal pairings and partner
exchanges suggest the formal patterns of square dance, but the piece also offers
virtuosic performances from the lead ballerina and male soloist. The Company has not
performed this celebrated work since its 1992-1993 Season.
The Company's newest Robbins acquisition, Afternoon of a Faun, is considered a
landmark piece of lyrical dance theater. A nymph-like figure interrupts a male
dancer's work in the dance studio, and the pair engages in a delicate duet with the
audience as their mirror. The stunning simplicity of the choreography underscores
the compelling complexities that lie behind the glass.
The transient nature of love is explored in Requiem for a Rose, a dynamic work
created for the Company during its 45th Anniversary Season. This encore engagement
reunites choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa's vision of 12 dancers as a bouquet of
roses, in bold and fluid movements that hinge on a single heartbeat.
Nuance and depth saturate In The Middle, Somewhat Elevated, a frenetic experiment in
angular movement that demands the raw commitment of its cast. The feigned disdain of
the dancers contrasts the technical demands of the choreography. The New York Times
declared this work "changed the way people perceived classical dance: how the
fundamental principles of ballet technique could be used in new ways, how dancers
could behave onstage, how we could see them." The Company Premiere of In The Middle,
Somewhat Elevated has been funded by The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, through
June 4 - 12, 2010
Academy of Music
* Romeo & Juliet: Choreography by John Cranko (Music:Prokofiev)
Luminous in its power and poignancy, John Cranko's Romeo and Juliet is set to Sergei
Prokofiev's famous musical score. The ballet version of Shakespeare's famous tale
established Cranko as a master story teller, using powerful music and pristine
movements to explore the powerful relationship between the two title characters.
When Pennsylvania Ballet last produced Romeo and Juliet in 2005, The Philadelphia
Inquirer said it was a "sumptuous production" that keeps audiences "fully engaged
and at times transfixed."
2009-2010 Season Subscriptions are available by calling 215.893.1955 or online at
<http://www.paballet.org/> . Full season subscription prices have
not increased at all this year, and range from $77.50 to $413.50. Subscribers
receive many benefits over single ticket purchasers including a 10% discount,
priority seating, convenient partial payment plan in three easy installments,
flexible ticket exchanges, discounts to fine Philadelphia restaurants, shops, hotels
and museums, advance ticket purchasing for George Balanchine's The Nutcracker and
New this year... subscribers will receive Artistic Director Roy Kaiser's monthly
e-letter with exclusive inside news about his work and the Company. For more
information or to subscribe to Pennsylvania Ballet's 2009 - 2010 Season, please call
215.893.1955 or order online at paballet.org.
Pennsylvania Ballet's 2009-2010 season sponsors include The Sporting
Club at the Bellevue and 10 Arts by Eric Ripert and USAirways.
Pennsylvania Ballet receives support through a grant from the
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts,
and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.
Founded in 1963 by Balanchine student and protégée Barbara Weisberger, Pennsylvania
Ballet is one of the nation's leading ballet companies. Headquartered in
Philadelphia, the Company's annual local season features classic favorites and new
works, including the Philadelphia holiday tradition, George Balanchine's The
Nutcracker. For more information, call 215.551.7000 or visit paballet.org.
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Brooke Honeyford, Public Relations Manager
Phone: 215.587.6923; FAX: 215.551.7224
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