Body of Work: The Ballerina

Mar 2, 2013
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Main

In celebration of National Women’s History Month, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre principal dancer Alexandra Kochis, Ballet Mistress Marianna Tcherkassky, and Director of Marketing Aimee Waeltz present an open and interactive dialogue with audience members on ballet’s historical interactions with women and the female body.  Join us as we explore the implications of “the cult of the ballerina” on the art form and its audiences, how ballet has reinforced and broken down traditional gender roles and stereotypes, and the perceptions (and misconceptions) of ballerinas in the larger cultural and social world.  Lastly, delve into how gender and relationships are portrayed in PBT’s upcoming performance of Jardin Aux Lilas (Lilac Garden) by Antony Tudor, part of PBT’s mixed repertoire production Unspoken at the August Wilson Center, March 8-17.

The program will take place at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Main (Oakland), 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. On-street, metered parking is available around the perimeter of the library or in a pay lot adjacent to the Library and the Carnegie Museums (entrance on Forbes Avenue).