Storytelling in Motion

  • Date: Oct 7 - Oct 9, 2022
  • Venue: August Wilson African American Cultural Center

Artists: Tommie Kesten and Josiah KauffmanChoreography: Nacho Duato, Helen Pickett and Yoshiaki Nakano | Music: Claude Debussy, John Corigliano, Joep Beving, Anne Müller, and Maya Beiser

The 22 – 23 season kicks off with a taste of the world in Pittsburgh, highlighting innovative, thought-provoking and athletic performances. Nacho Duato’s Duende was inspired by Debussy’s ethereal score, creating a sculptural piece in which physical movement and sound are one. Helen Pickett’s The Exiled takes a departure from the ballet norms with a dramatic story that examines the complexity of human morality through a combination of ballet and narration. Finally, PBT’s Principal Dancer Yoshiaki Nakano offers a world premiere of Catharsis, showcasing his fellow dancers’ strength and technique in an impressive work about the power of human connection and community support. 

Digital Program

NEW! See a preview for The Exiled and Catharsis here.

For full casting, visit here.

More on Storytelling in Motion:

Click here for the Audience Guide for the production.

Artists: Tommie Lin O’Hanlon and Josiah Kauffman | Photo: Rieder Photography

Performance Times


  • Friday, October 7, 2022 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 8, 2022 – 2 p.m. – Best seats available
  • Saturday, October 8, 2022 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 9, 2022- 2 p.m.

Theater Programs

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Virtual Costume Chat!  |   Wednesday, Sept. 28  |  6:30 p.m. |  Facebook Live

Join PBT Costume Director Kristin McLain for an up-close look at the vivid and distinctive costumes for Storytelling in Motion! Watch the recording of the program here!



Opening Night Preview  |   Friday, Oct. 7  |  6:30 p.m. 

Stager Jim Vincent and PBT Répétiteur Steven Annegarn discuss Nacho Duato’s Duende. We’ll be in the cafe area, first floor of the August Wilson Center. No registration needed.




Amanda Potts MorganArtist Q & A |   Saturday, Oct. 8  |  after the 7:30 p.m. performance

Dancers Amanda Morgan, David O’Matz and Samuel DerGregorian take your questions after the show! No registration needed.



Audio-described Performance |   Sunday, Oct. 9  |  2 p.m.

Live narration of the performance for those with blindness or vision impairment, or for anyone who’d like to listen! No registration necessary.

PBT Connects programs presented in partnership with the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.