Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre dances through Israel

The Jewish Chronicle

Call it love at first sashay.

When the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, in its first international tour in almost two decades, landed in Israel last week for a tour of the country, few could have suspected that the performances would have such an impact on not only the Israeli audiences, but the dancers themselves.

PBT's Alexandra Kochis Guest Blogs from Israel for Pointe Magazine

During PBT's eight-day Israel Tour, Principal Dancer Alexandra Kochis shares a dancer's perspective on performing, rehearsing and exploring in Pittsburgh's own sister city of Karmiel, Israel.

PBT Blogs from Israel

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In first international tour in years, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre to dance in Israel

Dancers with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre headed back to the studio a bit sooner this summer to prepare for a pre-season performance, but it won't take place at the Benedum, Byham or any of the troupe's other regular venues.

This week, the company will present a mixed repertoire program in Israel at the 25th annual Karmiel Dance Festival, which will feature about 5,000 dancers from across the world. The trip will mark the first time PBT has toured overseas in nearly 20 years.

"We're very excited about it," artistic director Terrence Orr said.

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PBT troupe gets orientation for Karmiel performance - The Jewish Chronicle

The Karmiel Dance Festival does not begin until August, but the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre has already begun preparing for its first trip as a company to Israel.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre to perform in Israel this summer - The Jewish Chronicle

The last time the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre toured overseas was in 1994, when it performed the full-length ballet “Romeo and Juliet” in Taiwan.

Now, 18 years later, the PBT is preparing to again travel abroad, this time to Israel.