Artists of Pennsylvania Ballet | Photo: Alexander Iziliaev

Artistic Priorities

Goal: $3 million

Investing in repertoire expansion: More than ever, audiences are thirsting for a rich diversity of work, both the traditionally classical and the avant-garde. Pennsylvania Ballet is focusing on expanding its repertoire with new and contemporary works and with recognized masterpieces by the world's greatest choreographers. Our goal is to acquire or commission 20 new works for our audiences over the next five years.

Investing in dancers: Many thrilling ballet works require a larger number of dancers than we have at Pennsylvania Ballet. To help us attract new and larger audiences, the Ballet aims to add seven dancer positions to its roster, for a total of 45 dancers, by its 50th Anniversary Season in 2013–2014.

Investing in live orchestral music: The magical marriage of live orchestral music and exquisite movement is part of what makes ballet sublime. Yet more and more, companies are eliminating live music in an effort to reduce expenses. To help ensure that Pennsylvania Ballet can continue to use live music, we will seek support to maintain the Orchestra of Pennsylvania Ballet and expand the complement of strings for performances at the Academy of Music.