Pennsylvania Ballet Announces 2014-15 Season

Pennsylvania Ballet Announces 2014-15 Season

Philadelphia, PA

Pennsylvania Ballet Artistic Director Roy Kaiser announces the company's powerful 2014-15 Season - highlighting some of the most celebrated choreographers and composers of all time.

The 51st Season will feature the Company premieres of Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 from former Artistic Director Robert Weiss, In G Major by Jerome Robbins, The Second Detail by William Forsythe, and O zlozony / O composite by dance pioneer Trisha Brown, the first work of hers to enter the repertoire. Also, the Company has commissioned World Premieres from Nicolo Fonte and Choreographer in Residence Matthew Neenan, and audience favorites like Christopher Wheeldon's Swan Lake will make a triumphant return.

"Our 51st Season features some of the most ambitious work the Company has ever presented," Artistic Director Roy Kaiser says. "These performances are sure to move you."

Before the 2014-15 Season begins in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Ballet debuts at the Vail International Dance Festival in Colorado. The Company will perform George Balanchine's Rubies from Jewels on Opening Night of the festival, July 27, as well as an all-Balanchine evening on July 28 (Serenade, Tarantella, and Stravinsky Violin Concerto), and a unique benefit "UpClose" on July 30, a rehearsal-style program hosted by Festival Director Damian Woetzel and featuring selections from Balanchine's Jewels. For tickets, on sale March 25, please visit

Pennsylvania Ballet's 2014-15 Season

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9
October 16-26, 2014
Academy of Music
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 by Robert Weiss, music by Ludwig van Beethoven
[Company Premiere]
Jeu de Cartes by Alexei Ratmansky, music by Igor Stravinsky

Epic music propels the opening program of Pennsylvania Ballet's 51st Season. Former Artistic Director Robert Weiss crafts a powerfully pure ballet with Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, a Company premiere. The famous score, featuring a live chorus, culminates with the inspirational "Ode to Joy." Presented for the first time outside Russia by Pennsylvania Ballet, Jeu de Cartes creates a bold, abstract expression of Stravinsky's score of the same name. The French title translates to "The Card Game," which for Alexei Ratmansky - one of the world's most sought-after choreographers - simply addresses the "gamble" of choreographing to Stravinsky's musical complexities.

George Balanchine's The Nutcracker
Supported by First Niagara
December 6-31, 2014
Academy of Music
Choreography: George Balanchine
Music: Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky

Escape to the Land of Sweets for the Philadelphia region's most beloved holiday tradition, George Balanchine's The Nutcracker?. For 46 years, families have created yuletide memories with Pennsylvania Ballet's production of this classic tale. The simple story of a girl, a gift, and a fanciful dream is made magical by opulent sets and costumes, the charm of The School of Pennsylvania Ballet students, and the impassioned artistry of Pennsylvania Ballet dancers. The celebrated Philadelphia Boys Choir raises their voices with the magnificent Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra to bring Tschaikovsky's unforgettable score to life.

Prodigal Son
February 5-8, 2015
Merriam Theater
Prodigal Son by George Balanchine, music by Sergei Prokofiev
Polyphonia by Christopher Wheeldon, music by György Ligeti
WORLD PREMIERE by Matthew Neenan

Witness a moving masterpiece in George Balanchine's Prodigal Son. Set to an original score by Sergei Prokofiev, Prodigal Son tells the well-known biblical story through touching dramatic scenes and soaring acrobatic movement. Striking and stripped-down, Christopher Wheeldon's Polyphonia experiments with traditional ballet, resulting in inventive steps and duets. With an adventurous choice in composer György Ligeti, Polyphonia helped solidify Wheeldon's place in ballet history. Heralded by The New York Times as "one of today's foremost dance poets," Choreographer in Residence Matthew Neenan conceives his 16th World Premiere for the Company to round out this eclectic program.

Swan Lake
March 5-15, 2015
Academy of Music

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