Light In the Dark

  • Date: Oct 27 - Oct 29, 2023
  • Venue: Byham Theater

Choreography: Jennifer Archibald, Sasha Janes, Barak Marshall and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa | Music: Samuel Barber, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi

Our season opener reveals powerful stories of tragedy, hope and human connection. Jennifer Archibald’s world premiere, Sounds of the Sun, celebrates the life of Florence Waren, a Jewish dancer who worked with the French Resistance during World War II, and features a treasured instrument from the Violins of Hope exhibit played live onstage by a PBT Orchestra musician. The dynamic program also includes Loss by Sasha Janes, Lacrimosa by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and the company premiere of Monger by Barak Marshall.

Sounds of the Sun is presented in partnership with Violins of Hope Greater Pittsburgh.

Artist: Jessica McCann | Photography: Rieder Photography

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Performance Times

Friday, October 27, 2023 – 7:30 PM

Saturday, October 28, 2023 – 7:30 PM

Sunday, October 29, 2023 – 2:00 PM


Theater Programs


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At the Theatre

Expand your experience at the ballet with these free PBT Education programs, open to all ticket holders.

Performance Preview  |  Saturday, Oct. 28  |  6:30 – 7 p.m.

Choreographer Jennifer Archibald gives us insight into her world premiere ballet, Sounds of the Sun, with PBT Artistic Director Adam W. McKinney.




Artist Q&A  |   Saturday, Oct. 28  | after the performance

PBT artists Yoshiaki Nakano, Tommie Lin O’Hanlon, Jessica McCann and Matthew Griffin join us to discuss their roles in the performance, working with the choreographers, and the journey of preparing for a production. PBT Artistic Director Adam W. McKinney and Violins of Hope Chair Sandra Rosen will also participate.

Yoshiaki Nakano

Tommie Kesten

Jessica McCann





Curtain Up!  |  Sunday, Oct. 29  |  1 p.m.

Join us for this special opportunity to talk with Rachel Stegeman, PBT Orchestra’s 1st Violin co-leader and Adjunct Professor of Strings, Mary Pappert School Of Music, Duquesne University, about her performance in Sounds of the Sun. The violin is one of the featured instruments in the Violins of Hope project and exhibition. This program begins with the audience observing 15 minutes of company class on stage.



We’ll be in the Orchestra level (first floor) of the theater; no registration needed for these programs.