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 Post subject: Pennsylvania Ballet 2003-04 Season (40th Anniversary)
PostPosted: Fri Feb 21, 2003 2:36 pm 
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Pa. Ballet commissions a 'Swan Lake'
Christopher Wheeldon is to choreograph the classic for the company's 40th anniversary.


By Tanya Barrientos
Philadelphia Inquirer Staff Writer

In celebration of its 40th anniversary season, Pennsylvania Ballet has commissioned an entirely original production of Swan Lake, projected to cost about $1 million. <a href=http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/living/home/design/5227758.htm target=_blank>more</a>


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Another article on the upcoming season:

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Ballet keeping on its toes

By TOM DI NARDO
For the Philadelphia Daily News

For its ambitious 40th anniversary season, the Pennsylvania Ballet will present a million-dollar baby, some fresh looks ahead and reflections on past favorites. <a href=http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/living/5229769.htm target=_blank>more</a>


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Hey Azlan, thanks for posting this! And here I thought I had a scoop...somehow I missd both of these articles! :) I'm particularly excited about the new Wheeldon Swan Lake (PA Ballet hasn't had a full-length Swan Lake in its rep for ages) as well as the company premiere of "Fancy Free"- this will be only the second Robbins work that the company has ever performed in its history! Yay!


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You're welcome, Katydid. And look what else is brewing...

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Pennsylvania Ballet eyeing Sameric for classrooms, offices

By DAN GROSS, Philadelphia Daily News

Is the Pennsylvania Ballet planning to pirouette its way into the shuttered Sameric theater to provide a training ground for future stars? <a href=http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/news/local/5475148.htm target=_blank>more</a>


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I hope we get reports from Philadelphia:

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Penna. Ballet is celebrating 40 fine years in motion

Merilyn Jackson
Philadelphia Inquirer

The old saying that life begins at 40 just isn't true. This year, Pennsylvania Ballet celebrates its already richly lived 40 years. <a href=http://www.philly.com/mld/philly/entertainment/6763606.htm target=_blank>more</a>


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LIFE BEGINS AT 40 FOR PENNSYLVANIA BALLET

By TOM DI NARDO
The Philadelphia Inquirer

FOR DANCERS TO be able to come off their summer break and leap right into challenging choreography of George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins, believe me - they weren't loafing on the beach.
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Ballet honors Balanchine as it opens anniversary year

By MERILYN JACKSON
The Philadelphia Inquirer

Along with its mission to commemorate its 40th anniversary this year, the Pennsylvania Ballet celebrates the centenary of the great choreographer George Balanchine. Through his protege, Barbara Weisberger, his spirit and dance vision have hovered over the company since she founded it in 1963.
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Pennsylvania Ballet

'Concerto Barocco,' 'The Four Temperaments,' 'Fancy Free'

by Lewis Whittington

October 8-12, 2003 -- Merriam Theater, Philadelphia, PA

Pennsylvania Ballet, poised for the company's meaty 40th anniversary season, shot out of the gate with their starting bill of George Balanchine works that show what this troupe is made of and what they aspire to. And, for this program, artistic director Roy Kaiser threw in Jerome Robbins' 'Fancy Free' for breezy comic relief.

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My take on PAB's opening performance:

Pennsylvania Ballet

'A Fancy 40th': 'Concerto Barocco,' 'The Four Temperaments,' 'Fancy Free'

by Lori Ibay

October 11, 2003 -- Merriam Theater at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA

On an unusually warm and sunny October afternoon, Pennsylvania Ballet continued its run of "A Fancy 40th," the first program of its much anticipated 40th anniversary season. As the Saturday matinee audience waited for the curtain to rise, the crowd buzzed about the program they were about to see-- a refreshing selection of works including George Balanchine’s "Concerto Barocco" and "The Four Temperaments," as well as Jerome Robbins’s "Fancy Free."

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Inqlings: Fangs for a job well done

By columnist MICHAEL KLEIN
The Philadelphia Inquirer

To mark National Boss' Day, characters from the Pennsylvania Ballet's forthcoming production of Dracula will haunt the food court Downstairs at the Bellevue today (noon to 1:30 p.m.). Those who take the boss to lunch will get free neon-colored fangs, a chance to win ballet tickets, and perhaps a big raise.


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'DRACULA' THE BALLET

The Philadelphia Inquirer

Pennsylvania Ballet presents Ben Stevenson's "Dracula" unlike any ballet you've seen, producers say. "From the special effects to the 'killer' costumes, sets and lighting, to the powerful Franz Liszt score, 'Dracula' is like 'Phantom of the Opera' with pointe shoes," they say.


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Social Scene | Honoring a champion of the ballet

By PAULINE PINARD BOGAERT
The Philadelphia Inquirer

Reprising a theme from four decades ago, the Pennsylvania Ballet celebrated its 40th anniversary in groovy style Saturday.

About 440 guests came out for the "Feelin' Groovy" benefit to honor the ballet's grooviest gal, board chair and longtime cheerleader Louise Reed.

Dance fever got the crowd going, with a performance by seven members of the company of Fancy Free at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Then the guests did the hustle to the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue for the presentation of Reed's award, dinner and dancing - and, in the words of "59th Street Bridge Song," they made the moment last until they were "dappled and drowsy and ready to sleep."
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Ballet with a bite

By TOM DI NARDO
For the Philadelphia Daily News

WHAT HAPPENS when 18 zombie wives aren't enough?

If you're the Prince Of Darkness, you command your ghostly carriage to head toward a Transylvanian town in search of fresh blood. The adventures of Count Dracula (who wears a 30-pound cape) provide an evening of stunning dancing and sumptuous theater as performed by the Pennsylvania Ballet, which first staged the production in 2000.
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Dracula arises again to dance

By MERILYN JACKSON
The Philadelphia Inquirer

The tale of Count Dracula is a little long in the tooth, but it survives deathlessly in legend, literature, film and ballet. On Thursday night, the Pennsylvania Ballet reprised its 2000 thriller ballet, Dracula, in Philadelphia's most appropriate venue, the 19th-century Academy of Music. With three acts and extended intermissions, it sometimes seemed like Dragula, but if you hang in there, the scenery and performances will transport you.
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Pennsylvania Ballet

'Dracula'

by Lori Ibay

October 30, 2003 -- Academy of Music, Philadelphia, PA

The character of Dracula continues to inspire literature, films, and even full-length ballets over a century after Bram Stoker’s famous novel was written. For me, the most intriguing aspect of Dracula is his eerie aura -- his sleek, black cape contrasting his pale, long face; his mysterious seductiveness contrasting his horrific rituals. While Pennsylvania Ballet’s production of Ben Stevenson’s “Dracula” captures the character’s enigmatic vibe with elaborate sets and elegant costumes (and with Halloween just around the corner), their performance on Thursday night also had major shortcomings -- the majority of which can hopefully be chalked up to opening night glitches.

Act I began in the crypt of Dracula’s castle, complete with his coffin, flickering chandeliers, and a ghostly fog rolling in across the floor. However, the stage was so dimly lit that after the first chilling appearance of the Count’s pale countenance in a shadowy doorway, Dracula’s movements (and his magnificent thirty pound cape) were barely discernible.

The eighteen wives of Dracula soon awoke and entered the crypt in flimsy, flowing white nightgowns, moving in graceful zombie-like unity. However, in the pas de trois between Dracula (Edward Cieslak) and two wives (Valerie Amiss and Tara Keating), Cieslak seemed to struggle in juggling just two of the eighteen brides. Martha Chamberlain as Flora, the village-girl-turned-bride, and Philip Colucci as Renfield, Dracula’s servant, both gave animated performances in contrast to Dracula’s solemn (or possibly flat?) demeanor.

The second act takes place in a gaily decorated, brightly lit village, where Svetlana (Amy Aldridge) and Frederick (Alexei Borovik) fall in love before Svetlana is abducted by Count Dracula. While a significant (and seemingly straightforward) portion of the plot takes place in this act, the action is oddly -- and almost confusingly -- played out. Svetlana first resists Frederick’s advances, but she later comically forces him to ask her father, the Innkeeper (played enthusiastically by Alexei Charov), for her hand in marriage. After receiving his blessing, the lovers dance an intimate pas de deux in which they cement their feelings for each other -- with the entire village, including Svetlana’s parents, as their audience.

Despite the discrepancies, there were grand performances by the corps of men, who had a bit of trouble keeping their hands on their wooden sticks used as props, as well as the female corps, who danced with more liveliness than their brightly colored but awkwardly limp ribbons. Aldridge and Borovik seemed to gain momentum during the act, with crisp pirouettes at the end of the act making up for some shaky moments in the beginning.

The final act returns to Dracula’s castle where Dracula has brought his latest victim-to-be. The wives reappear, but by this point, one wonders if they will ever deviate from their zombie-like posture, with arms outstretched and wrists limp before them. Chamberlain’s bizarre solo with beautiful, smooth movements intermixed with awkward and jerky motions garnered tentative applause from a bewildered audience. Even more perplexing was the incongruity of Liszt’s music, with its triumphant horns, in contrast to the intense conflict between Dracula and Svetlana’s rescuers.

The chaotic enactment of Svetlana’s rescue by Frederick and the Innkeeper added to the audience’s bewilderment. With a frantic Renfield, a helpless Svetlana, the devious Dracula, and the two heroes scattered across the stage, it almost seemed as though the set were falling apart before it became apparent that Frederick was purposely pulling the draperies down, allowing the early morning sunlight to stream through the windows.

Pennsylvania Ballet’s “Dracula” showed glimmers of excitement with spectacular special effects, stunning scenery, and elegant costumes, but with its inconsistencies and erratic performances, it’s hard to imagine watching this production when it isn’t Halloween season.


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