PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Ballet
announced today the launch of its digital season, titled Director's
Choice, featuring four complete archival ballets and excerpts
directed by Artistic Director Angel
Corella. The online season will be available free of charge
and is scheduled to launch in two installments on November 12 and November
19 at 7:30 p.m. EST. Each
stream will feature conversations with the artists of Pennsylvania
"In the face of COVID-19, we're staying nimble and pushing
boundaries by staging a reimagined season featuring contemporary
ballets, performed by our versatile dancers and Principal Pianist
Martha Koeneman," said Corella. "We know that our patrons will
truly absorb and enjoy these sought-after performances that have
been well-received in the past. We're eager for audiences from
around the world who haven't seen the artists of Pennsylvania
Ballet perform live to experience our poetic artistry from the
comfort of their home."
The digital season will open with Nicolo
Fonte's Ghost Stories and Andrea Miller's
Evenings will be available to stream from November 12-18.
Fonte's Ghost Stories premiered in April 2017 set to a commissioned score by
Ezio Bosso and Max Richter. Fonte's powerful work showcases the
creative dialogue between his daring vision and the dancers'
seemingly limitless grasp of physical expression.
Miller's Evenings premiered in November 2018 and is scored to elegiac music by
composer Arvo Pärt. Miller's sculptural choreography pushes
classically trained dancers to adapt the more fluid Gaga
The second week of programming will feature Helen Pickett's Tilt and Matthew Neenan's Deco that will be
available to stream from November
Pickett's bold and angular Tilt was staged in
November 2017 and composed by
Philip Glass. The performance
showcases meticulous accuracy by Pennsylvania Ballet
dancers coupled with Pickett's ability to capture the human
dilemma within her choreography.
Neenan's artful Deco premiered in April 2019. The ballet was composed by Igor
Stravinsky, one of the 20th century's most famous composers,
featuring an intimate cast of fearless performers.
The ballet footage will be shared with the public for the first
time with the cooperation of the labor unions for the Company's
artists and other behind-the-scenes personnel, as well as the
rights holders for the choreography, music, sets, costumes and
Viewers can stream Pennsylvania Ballet's Director's Choice by
registering on the website.
The Presenting Sponsors of Director's Choice are Linda and David Glickstein. Additional support
is provided by Allen R. and Judy Brick
Freedman. Up to $25,000 will
be matched by Linda and David
Glickstein. Please donate by visiting
Pennsylvania Ballet's exclusive holiday programming is
forthcoming. For more information about Pennsylvania Ballet, please
*Repertoires are subject to change
About Pennsylvania Ballet
Pennsylvania Ballet is one of the nation's premier ballet companies
and one of Philadelphia's cultural
treasures. Internationally renowned dancer Angel Corella took the reigns as Artistic
Director at the start of the 2014/2015 season, bringing the company
to a new level of excellence with 45 dancers from around the world
and an ever-changing repertoire of works. In addition to its
performances on Philadelphia's
famed Avenue of the Arts, Pennsylvania Ballet serves more than
17,000 individuals across the Philadelphia region every year with hands-on,
high quality arts education activities brought to children and
adults alike regardless of socioeconomic background or abilities.
For more information visit paballet.org or connect with us on
Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube for a behind
the scenes look at our dancers in the studio and onstage.
Pennsylvania Ballet is supported in part by a grant from the
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,
Department of Community & Economic Development and receives
support from The Philadelphia Cultural Fund and the Pennsylvania
Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of
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