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 Post subject: Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Summer 2004
PostPosted: Fri Jul 23, 2004 11:58 am 
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From the Post-Gazette,

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PBT summer program brings back familiar faces

By Jane Vranish, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The large atrium at the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre studios is flooded with light, along with a virtual history of the company in the posters and pictures that line its walls.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 23, 2004 1:47 am 
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Pittsburgh Ballet heads to Wolf Trap
By William Loeffler for The PIITSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW

The lightning that gashed the rain swollen sky was the kind that prompted Dr. Viktor Frankenstein to scream "It's alive!"
But the thunderstorm that pummeled the area had the opposite effect on a scheduled performance at Hartwood Acres by Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. County officials canceled the Thursday evening show due to the dangerous weather.

"I was sooo ready to perform," sighed a frustrated Kaori Ogasawara, a soloist with the ballet, as she sat under the dripping tent.

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 Post subject: Re: Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Summer 2004
PostPosted: Mon Aug 23, 2004 7:50 pm 
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It will be interesting to see how these contemporary ballets do at Wolf Trap:

<a href=http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/04235/364377.stm target=_blank>PBT reconnects with Wolf Trap
Company's return to prime venue includes Sting ballet and Susan Shields' new work
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By Jane Vranish, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


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 Post subject: Re: Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Summer 2004
PostPosted: Wed Aug 25, 2004 2:42 pm 
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Supposedly it beat the sales record for any dance they have done this summer - ah, the power of provacative photos and great music!

The weather was beautiful up until the evening, and then that Washington August weather return and all were drenched from the humidity. I felt badly for the dancers and crew in such conditions. But the audience was highly receptive, and seemed to enjoy the evening. I'm looking forward to what the reviews say about it...and I'm curious about comments from anyone else who saw it.


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 Post subject: Re: Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Summer 2004
PostPosted: Wed Aug 25, 2004 2:45 pm 
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Oh, and the lightening storm mentioned in the earlier piece for last week's show - I think it fails to fully explain how darn scary it was being out there all day until the show was finally canceled. The crew worked incredibly hard in a very dangerous situation to get that stage ready and mostly dry in time for dancer rehearsals. The dancers worked hard to stage the works within the non-rain zones....and then it was finally canceled.

Scary afternoon and miserable evening, but everyone was such troopers.


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 Post subject: Re: Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Summer 2004
PostPosted: Thu Aug 26, 2004 11:07 am 
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At Wolf Trap, Trapped In a Sting Operation

By Sarah Kaufman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, August 26, 2004; Page C03


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You don't go to an evening of ballet set to music by Sting with terribly high expectations. The musical choice is a calculated play for that coveted younger audience. Artistic expression, one can safely predict, has taken a back seat to getting backsides in the seats. Yet judged by even less-than-standard standards, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's "A Brand New Day," set to a dozen Sting hits and performed Tuesday at Wolf Trap, was surprisingly lame.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 26, 2004 11:41 am 
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Yikes! Lightning storms can be really scary. I don't know if people realize how dangerous they can be.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 26, 2004 11:56 am 
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Dance Review: PBT and its soloists unveil a sleek style at Wolf Trap
Diverse yet balanced company emerges in showcase



By Jane Vranish, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Thursday, August 26, 2004


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VIENNA, VA. -- Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's "Brand New Day" took on a whole new meaning as the company returned to perform at Wolf Trap after a 10-year absence. It was a risky venture to play this national park and celebrated performing arts venue with the company's huge turnover in staff and dancers over the summer. And with the recent rainout at Hartwood Acres last week, this was the first time the company would officially take the stage for the season at hand.
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 Post subject: Re: Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Summer 2004
PostPosted: Fri Aug 27, 2004 10:10 am 
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For me, this was the most significant part of the review:

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Terrence Orr has masterfully assembled what may be the best group of dancers in PBT's 35-year history...
This is certainly a company to watch as it grows to next level.


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 Post subject: Re: Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Summer 2004
PostPosted: Mon Aug 30, 2004 12:37 pm 
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Well, Azlan, I liked this passage:

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Barbara E. Thompson's stylish but unmannered lighting let one see the dance action clearly.
...From George Jackson's review in danceviewtimes, a publication of Ballet Alert.

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