June 30, 2021

Pennsylvania Ballet Troupe Gets New Name

NEW NAME: The Pennsylvania Ballet is now The Philadelphia Ballet. The rebranding reflects a renewed focus and marks a return to live performances.

Pennsylvania Ballet has changed its name to Philadelphia Ballet. Rooted in a nearly 60-year artistic legacy in the community of Philadelphia, the new name is a reflection of the company’s dedication to its home city, and a testament to the spirit of experimentation and evolution that lives at the heart of its artistic mission.

The company is planning a return to the stage with a new season of in-person performances, including world premieres, contemporary works, and classics from October through May.

The decision to become Philadelphia Ballet resulted from a period of reflection on the past, present, and potential future of the company’s goals and values. “Our company’s evolution into Philadelphia Ballet is not just a cosmetic change. After a year of deep hardship, it is more important than ever that our name reflect the communities we serve and embody the true spirit of our company,” said Executive Director Shelly Power. “Philadelphia is at the core of all that we do. It is not only our home but also our inspiration, a city that both embraces its rich history and thrives on experimentation. Furthermore, our late founder, Barbara Weisberger, originally intended to name her company Philadelphia Ballet. Taking this step to evolve our identity not only honors her intentions, but also celebrates our real and intrinsic connection to the communities of Philadelphia.”

The company’s name change is accompanied by a new visual identity. “It is a personal thrill to unveil our new company identity and to share our dynamic 2021/2022 season with our community,” said Artistic Director Angel Corella. “As we turn to this next chapter in our history and embark on a long-awaited return to live ballet, we hope that our audiences will join us as we celebrate the unique and enduring power of in-person dance. It is also a distinct pleasure to welcome our full orchestra back to the stage. Full of works that embody both the traditions and innovations of ballet, this season inaugurates a new path forward for our company, one that strengthens our bond to our city, our audiences and our mission to celebrate this artform. We cannot wait to bring it to life.”

The School of Pennsylvania Ballet has also been renamed School of Philadelphia Ballet. After a year of virtual and hybrid programming, in-person classes resume with the Summer Intensive, which welcomes students from across the country. Full in-person programming this fall for students ages 3 and up will begin August 30.

The upcoming season will include a world premiere by Corella, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, a program of works by Balanchine, Swan Lake, a program of works by Hans van Manen, and a program titled “New Works for a New World.” Visit philadelphiaballet.org for details.