Pennsylvania Ballet to Present Specially Filmed Digital Season
ON THE DIGITAL STAGE: Pennsylvania Ballet, shown here in George Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco,” pays tribute to founder Barbara Weisberger with its virtual spring season beginning March 25. (Photo by Alexander Iziiiaev)
Pennsylvania Ballet has announced the launch of its digital spring season, titled “Strength. Resilience. Beauty,” featuring newly filmed productions of classic ballets, world premieres, and principal solo performances. The season will pay tribute to the late Barbara Weisberger (1926-2020), who founded Pennsylvania Ballet.
The season, composed of three programs, will stream on paballet.org, March 25 through June 2.
“While we can’t perform live at the Academy of Music this season, our incredible dancers and artistic staff have swiftly adapted to create new digital works for devoted audiences – near and far – until we can safely return to the stage,” said Executive Director Shelly Power.
Artistic Director Angel Corella added, “These repertoires are some of the most physically demanding works we’ve created at Pennsylvania Ballet, and our dancers have risen to the challenge by working tirelessly to practice technique and maintain peak physical condition during this time of quarantine. This season is a celebration of our dancers’ resilience, the beauty of their artistry, and their strength of mind and body which continues to push the art form forward.”
From March 25-31, the program includes Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco; Stanton Welch’s Clear; Angel Corella, Russell Ducker and Kirill Radev’s Suspended in Time; and a solo excerpt from Matthew Neenan’s Penumbra.
George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, Christopher Wheeldon’s Polyphonia, Angel Corella’s Raymonda Suite, and a solo excerpt from Dwight Rhoden’s And So It Is… are April 29-May 5. While works by Juliano Nunes, Meredith Rainey, and Russell Ducker are streamed May 27-June 2, all with music by Philadelphia-based composer Jennifer Higdon.
Single tickets for each installment are available for $25, and a bundle ticket for all three installments is available for $50. An exclusive VIP package consisting of unlimited viewing within the dedicated timeframe is available for $175. Tickets can be purchased via paballet.org.