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Pennsylvania Ballet is back with brand-new performances especially filmed and produced for the digital stage.

The first performance of the digital season has finished, but we still have seven fantastic ballets streaming in April and May, including an exciting program of new works choreographed to the music of Jennifer Higdon. With all shows filmed in high-quality, multi-camera production, you can experience ballet this season like you’ve never seen it before.

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2021 Original Performances

RESILIENCE

(April 29 - May 5)

Technical Mastery

Resilience” features performances of Allegro Brillante, Polyphonia, and Raymonda Suite, along with a solo performance by Jermel Johnson from And So It Is…. Showcasing the technical brilliance of our dancers, these works will delight both new and old fans of ballet alike.

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  • Polyphonia

    Choreography by Christopher Wheeldon
    Music by György Ligeti
    Lighting Design by Mark Stanley

    A breakthrough contemporary work by Christopher Wheeldon, Polyphonia (2001) features eight dancers moving in highly precise, almost mathematical choreography to stunning visual effect. This angular ballet is set to ten piano pieces by the composer György Ligeti, who pioneered the musical technique of micropolyphony.

    Casting
    Oksana Maslova, Sterling Baca
    So Jung Shin, Russell Ducker
    Nayara Lopes, Jack Thomas
    Alexandra Heier, Aleksey Babayev

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  • Allegro Brillante

    Choreography by George Balanchine
    Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante is hailed as one of his purest and most joyous dance pieces. Originally produced in 1963, the ballet is set to Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and features a high degree of choreographic development within restricted time and space, making it one of the most demanding pieces in the repertoire.

    Casting
    Mayara Pineiro, Zecheng Liang
    Jacqueline Callahan, Lucia Erickson, Thays Golz, Yuka Iseda, Etienne Diaz, Ashton Roxander, Jack Sprance, Peter Weil

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  • And So It Is…

    Choreography by Dwight Rhoden
    Music by Steve Reich
    Costume Design by Christine Darch

    The second installment will close with another spectacular solo performance by principal dancer Jermel Johnson from Rhoden’s And So It Is… (2015).

    Featuring music by Steve Reich, this excerpt celebrates the strength, majesty, and perseverance of one man and the inevitable evolution that takes place in life, over time.

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  • Raymonda Suite

    Choreography by Angel Corella after Marius Petipa
    Music by Alexander Glazunov

    Marius Petipa’s original choreography from 1898 is reconstructed by Corella for this production of Raymonda Suite. The festive orchestration and classical choreography features a series of impressive solos, revealing different emotions and colors with each movement.

    Casting
    Raymonda: Dayesi Torriente
    Jean de Brienne: Arian Molina Soca

    Yuka Iseda, Gabriela Mesa, Fernanda Oliveira, Sydney Dolan, Austin Eyler, Isaac Hollis, Nick Patterson, Pau Pujol, Siobhan Howley, Erin O’Dea, Sophie Savas-Carstens, Paloma Berjano Torrado, Cato Berry, Denis Maciel, Jeremy Power, Cory Ogdahl

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  • Polyphonia

  • Allegro Brillante

  • And So It Is…

  • Raymonda Suite

Beauty

(May 27 - June 2)

World Premieres

 

Pennsylvania Ballet will conclude its season with three world premieres choreographed by Juliano Nunes, Meredith Rainey, and Russell Ducker. All three ballets will be set to music by the accomplished, Philadelphia-based composer, Jennifer Higdon.

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  • Russell Ducker

     

    Russell Ducker has danced with Pennsylvania Ballet since 2014 and has choreographed several ballets for the company. He has received awards worldwide for his choreography, acclaimed as “strident” (The New York Times) and “ambitious” (Philadelphia Inquirer).

    Ducker’s work will be choreographed to Higdon’s Dance Card for String Orchestra.

  • Juliano Nunes

     

    Juliano Nunes has choreographed pieces the world-over, including for the Royal Ballet in London, the Mariinsky Theatre, and the Netflix series Tiny Pretty Things. Nunes made his debut with Pennsylvania Ballet in 2019 with the ballet Connection.

  • Meredith Rainey

     

    Meredith Rainey danced with Pennsylvania Ballet for over 15 years. Since leaving the company, he has become a highly acclaimed choreographer, debuting work around the country with a reputation for edgy movement and poignant storytelling. Past dances for Pennsylvania Ballet include Slight Shifts and Cracks in the Sidewalk.

    Rainey’s work will be danced to Higdon’s Concerto 4-3.

  • New Work by Russell Ducker

  • New Work by Juliano Nunes

  • New Work by Meredith Rainey

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STRENGTH

Completed - (March 25 - 31)

Please note that the viewing window for “Strength.” has closed.

 

7 Days, 7 Great Performances

 

Our spring season opened with “Strength,” featuring two casts each in performances of Concerto Barocco, Clear, and Suspended in Time, along with a solo performance by Jermel Johnson.

  • Performances Include:

    Concerto Barocco

    Cast A
    Cast B

    Yuka Iseda
    Alexandra Heier
    Jack Thomas

    Paloma Berjano Torrado
    Emily Davis
    Siobhan Howley
    Mine Kusano
    Sophie Savas-Carstens
    Julia-Rose Sherrill
    Julia Vinez
    Emily Wilson

    Choreography by George Balanchine
    Music by Johann Sebastian Bach

    First produced in 1941, Concerto Barocco is hailed as one of Balanchine’s masterpieces. The neoclassical ballet is danced to Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor in an ensemble of one male dancer and ten female dancers that embody athleticism, precision, and grace.

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    So Jung Shin
    Alexandra Heier
    Aleksey Babayev

    Paloma Berjano Torrado
    Emily Davis
    Siobhan Howley
    Mine Kusano
    Sophie Savas-Carstens
    Julia-Rose Sherrill
    Julia Vinez
    Emily Wilson

    Choreography by George Balanchine
    Music by Johann Sebastian Bach

    First produced in 1941, Concerto Barocco is hailed as one of Balanchine’s masterpieces. The neoclassical ballet is danced to Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor in an ensemble of one male dancer and ten female dancers that embody athleticism, precision, and grace.

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  • Performances Include:

    Clear

    Cast A
    Cast B

    Sterling Baca
    Etienne Diaz
    Russell Ducker
    Zecheng Liang

    Oksana Maslova
    Arian Molina Soca
    Ashton Roxander
    Peter Weil

    Choreography by Stanton Welch AM
    Music by Johann Sebastian Bach

    Clear is a beautiful abstract work that was created weeks after the September 11th attacks and the emotional impact of that event. The ballet explores the thought process of discovering what is most important in life and finding clarity when faced with your final moment. Set to music by Johann Sebastian Bach, the choreography is explosive and fierce, which showcases seven strong male dancers and one sole female dancer.

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    Etienne Diaz
    Austin Eyler
    Isaac Hollis
    Nayara Lopes

    Cory Ogdahl
    Nick Patterson
    Pau Pujol
    Jack Sprance

    Choreography by Stanton Welch AM
    Music by Johann Sebastian Bach

    Clear is a beautiful abstract work that was created weeks after the September 11th attacks and the emotional impact of that event. The ballet explores the thought process of discovering what is most important in life and finding clarity when faced with your final moment. Set to music by Johann Sebastian Bach, the choreography is explosive and fierce, which showcases seven strong male dancers and one sole female dancer.

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  • Performances Include:

    Suspended in Time

    Cast A
    Cast B

    Sterling Baca
    Jacqueline Callahan
    Etienne Diaz
    Russell Ducker
    Marjorie Feiring
    Thays Golz
    Zecheng Liang

    Oksana Maslova
    Arian Molina Soca
    Fernanda Oliveira
    Mayara Pineiro
    Ashton Roxander
    Daysei Torriente
    Peter Weil

    Choreography by Angel Corella, Russell Ducker, and Kirill Radev
    Music by Electric Light Orchestra

    Suspended in Time is an exuberant and immaculately choreographed piece. A celebration of strength, artistry, and freedom, the ballet features music by rock band Electric Light Orchestra (E.L.O.) including hits such as “Strange Magic” and “I Am Alive.”

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    Cato Berry
    Sydney Dolan
    Lucia Erickson
    Austin Eyler
    Isaac Hollis
    Nayara Lopes

    Gabriela Mesa
    Erin O'Dea
    Cory Ogdahl
    Nick Patterson
    Jeremy Power
    Pau Pujol
    Jack Sprance

    Choreography by Angel Corella, Russell Ducker, and Kirill Radev
    Music by Electric Light Orchestra

    Suspended in Time is an exuberant and immaculately choreographed piece. A celebration of strength, artistry, and freedom, the ballet features music by rock band Electric Light Orchestra (E.L.O.) including hits such as “Strange Magic” and “I Am Alive.”

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  • Performances Include:

    Penumbra

    Excerpt

    Jermel Johnson
    Martha Koeneman

    Choreography by Matthew Neenan
    Music by Alberto Ginastera

    Principal Dancer Jermel Johnson performs an excerpt from Penumbra, a brilliant work by former resident choreographer and longtime company dancer Matthew Neenan.

    This particular excerpt is danced to Argentinian composer Alberto Ginastera’s “Milonga” for piano solo, played by Principal Pianist Martha Koeneman.

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  • Concerto Barocco

  • Clear

  • Suspended in Time

  • Penumbra

*All dates subject to change. All content will be available for the full 7 days with unlimited views.
Performance access will open at 7 pm EST on the first day in each posted date range.

In memory of Barbara Weisberger

 

Strength. Resilience. Beauty. is dedicated to the late founder of Pennsylvania Ballet, Barbara Weisberger, who passed away in December 2020. Weisberger was a key influence on the contemporary American ballet movement and notably brought Pennsylvania Ballet to national prominence and acclaim under her direction. She was a protégé of choreographer and New York City ballet co-founder George Balanchine, whose work is embedded in the core identity of Pennsylvania Ballet and featured throughout the digital spring season.

 

 

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