Announcing Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s 50th Anniversary Season

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr is proud to announce the company’s 50th Anniversary Season lineup, featuring a mixed-repertory production of Pittsburgh talent at the August Wilson Cultural Center and a celebration of George Balanchine and P.I. Tchaikovsky in honor of PBT’s milestone season.

The five-ballet season runs October 2019 through April 2020 and includes: “Giselle” with the PBT Orchestra;” “The Nutcracker;” “Beauty and the Beast;” “Here & Now” featuring choreography by Kyle Abraham, Dwight Rhoden and artist in residence Staycee Pearl; and “Balanchine & Tchaikovsky” with the PBT Orchestra to celebrate PBT’s landmark 50th Anniversary Season.

PBT will begin its 50th Anniversary Celebration on July 13 with a performance at Chautauqua Institution with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra featuring vignettes of The Sleeping Beauty, set to P.I. Tchaikovsky’s stunning score.

Subscriptions start at $81 and are on sale now at or 412-454-9107. Season ticket packages feature 20 percent savings over single tickets and a variety of subscriber benefits. Single ticket sales will open Aug. 6, at or 412-456-6666.



“Giselle” with the PBT Orchestra
Oct. 25-27, 2019 — Benedum Center
Choreography: Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot | Music: Adolphe Adam

Hope, heartache and betrayal cast their haze on one of the most breathtaking ballets of the Romantic period in “Giselle” with the PBT Orchestra. A village girl is doomed by a lover’s deceit to a ghostly sisterhood of spurned maidens intent on revenge in what Pittsburgh Post-Gazette calls a “bewitching and beguiling dance with death.” Audiences will lose themselves among the mist and supernatural beauty of the fascinating scenery, story and score by Adolphe Adam.


“The Nutcracker”
Dec. 6-29, 2019 — Benedum Center
Choreography & Concept: Terrence S. Orr | Music: P.I. Tchaikovsky

The magic of “The Nutcracker” comes to life on the Benedum Center stage! Beneath the Stahlbaum’s Christmas tree, a battle between the gallant Nutcracker prince and the ruthless Rat King unfolds, ensnaring the young Marie and sending her on an adventure through the Land of Enchantment. Stunning scenes, sparkling snowflakes and Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score make “The Nutcracker” Pittsburgh’s favorite holiday tradition.        

PNC Presents “Beauty and the Beast”
Feb. 14-23, 2020 — Benedum Center
Choreography: Lew Christensen | Music: P.I. Tchaikovsky

Beauty comes from within. So does the nature of the Beast. See both sides of the story in “Beauty and the Beast.” The classic tale weaves a tender love story between the gnarled trees of the enchanted forest. Audiences are offered a glimpse at unexpected romance, heartbreak and the power of love through striking scenery and stunning neoclassical choreography.


“Here & Now” ft. Kyle Abraham, Staycee Pearl & Dwight Rhoden
March 20-29, 2020 — August Wilson Center
In partnership with the August Wilson Cultural Center
Choreography & Music: Mixed Repertory

This mixed-repertory production brings together three celebrated choreographers to create stunning dance for the here and now in the August Wilson Cultural Center. “The Quiet Dance,” from Pittsburgh native Kyle Abraham, captures the feelings of frustration and isolation through sweeping movement, beginning in silence and then carried by the gentleness of Bill Evans’ arrangement of Bernstein’s “Some Other Time.” Staycee Pearl, local choreographer, will create a brand new ballet for the program. And the beloved popular music of Paul Simon sets the stage for Dwight Rhoden’s physical and visceral “Simon Said.”

“Balanchine & Tchaikovsky: A 50th Anniversary Celebration” with the PBT Orchestra
April 17-19, 2020 — Benedum Center
Choreography: George Balanchine | Music: P.I. Tchaikovsky

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s storied history with Balanchine and Tchaikovsky is revived in this mixed-repertory production celebrating two of ballet’s greatest contributors. The music of P.I. Tchaikovsky has provided the backbone for many of George Balanchine’s most exquisite ballets, including the invigorating “Theme and Variations,” the expansive “Allegro Brilliante” and the consummate “Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux,” set to the classic music of Swan Lake. This special 50th Anniversary event also features “Diamonds,” the brilliant third movement of Balanchine’s “Jewels.”