Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr on Teaching Tudor
It all begins with a sharp intake of breath.
Close your eyes, and imagine a garden framed by fragrant lilac branches. The air is sweet with their perfume, yet heavy with emotional tension. The era is Victorian – and the societal conventions are stifling.
Here, “Caroline, on the eve of her marriage to the man she does not love, tries to say farewell to her lover at a garden reception.”
Antony Tudor’s Jardin Aux Lilas (Lilac Garden) is a study in subtlety, in repressed emotions and inner turmoil.
In James Kudelka's The Man in Black, four dancers - three male, one female - move through a montage of poetic images inspired by six poignant cover songs Johnny Cash recorded in the later years of his career. Here, three of these dancers offer a montage of thoughts and song lyrics that help inspire this journey.
PHOTO BY: BOB SHOMLER | ARTISTS: MARJORIE GRUNDVIG & LEE BELL
Michael Smuin (1938-2007) was a brilliant dancer, choreographer and theatre director. Throughout his career, he took home Emmy, Tony and Drama Desk awards, danced and choreographed for American Ballet Theatre, co-directed San Francisco Ballet for over 10 years and launched his own company, Smuin Ballet, which lives on in San Francisco.
In the world of ballet, true love knows no bounds. It shatters curses and penetrates enchanted slumbers. It can strike by a moonlit lake, in a forest glen, through a dream. Prince Siegfried saw his love in a swan. Giselle’s love literally followed her to the ends of the earth.
Even beyond the classical canon, love doesn’t stop at the stage. For these three couples, ballet launched their true-life love stories.
Your Happy Thought: "Spending time with my wife: exploring new places together, experiencing new things together, growing together. There is something so incredibly beautiful about sharing your life with someone you love so much."
PBT Celebrates ‘Topping Out’ Ceremony for Byham Center for Dance
As the final structural steel beam soared skyward, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s campus expansion project took a big leap forward on Dec. 23.
PBT dancers, students, staff and supporters gathered outside PBT’s Strip District studios to celebrate the Topping Out Ceremony for the Byham Center for Dance. Slated to open in fall 2016, the new studio annex will make PBT more accessible to the broader community and open the doors to more aspiring ballet students who come from around the world to train in Pittsburgh.
Backstage at the Benedum, calm - and a certain sense of coziness - pervades during The Nutcracker. Dressing rooms become mini homes away from home and cast members have never felt more like family. Onstage, dancers have 24 performances to explore their roles, luxuriate in the magic and live fully in the moment. Here, five dancers the moments they treasure most.
Favorite Holiday Tradition: Spending time with family
Describe your typical Christmas morning: Since it’s just my immediate family we sleep in a little bit. Once everyone is awake we grab our coffee and breakfast and head to the presents. We start with stockings then move on to gifts, taking turns opening them one at a time.