Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Sets 2023–2024 Season Featuring THE NUTCRACKER, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST & More

The season includes works from internationally acclaimed choreographers, family-friendly favorites and more.

By: Feb. 09, 2023
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Sets 2023–2024 Season Featuring THE NUTCRACKER, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST & More
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Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre has announced the company's exciting 2023-2024 season lineup, featuring three full-length story ballets and two mixed repertory programs. The season includes works from internationally acclaimed choreographers, family-friendly favorites and pieces to be selected by new artistic director Adam W. McKinney. This will be McKinney's first opportunity to leave his imprint on the repertoire of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre.

The five-ballet season runs October 2023 through May 2024 and includes: Light in the Dark, The Nutcracker, Beauty and the Beast, Spring Mix with the PBT Orchestra and Cinderella with the PBT Orchestra.

"This season is really one of celebration here at PBT. This year we are bringing old and new audience favorites, including Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella, as well as Helen Pickett's glorious Petal, and one of Geroge Balanchine's most iconic works, Allegro Brilliante," said PBT Acting Executive Director Kathryn Gigler. "We also look forward to presenting a world premiere by Jennifer Archibaldin partnership with Violins of Hope Greater Pittsburgh. We're excited to invite all of Pittsburgh to come dance with us!"

Watch the 2023-2024 Video


OCTOBER 27 - 29, 2023
Choreography: Jennifer Archibald, Sasha Janes and Anabelle Lopez Ochoa | Music: Samuel Barber, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi

PBT's season opener tells powerful stories of tragedy, hope and human connection. The program's central work, a world premiere by Jennifer Archibald, celebrates the life of Florence Waren, a Jewish dancer who lived in Paris and bravely worked with the French Resistance during World War II. The haunting choreography emphasizes her harrowing experience during this period in history. Completing this program are two incredibly gorgeous ballets showcasing stunning movement and emotional depths. Loss from Sasha Janes is a heartbreaking portrayal of a couple grappling with the death of a child. Lacrimosa by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa is a poignant ballet inspired by religious artwork.

The world premiere by Jennifer Archibald is presented in partnership with Violins of Hope Greater Pittsburgh.


DECEMBER 8 - 28, 2023
Choreography & Staging: Terrence S. Orr | Music: P.I. Tchaikovsky

Celebrate the most delightful time of year with one of Pittsburgh's most cherished holiday traditions - The Nutcracker! Join Marie, her Nutcracker prince and hundreds of fascinating characters for an unforgettable adventure through the Land of Enchantment. Revel in the stunning scenes, spectacular costumes, sparkling snowflakes and instantly recognizable Tchaikovsky score. The Nutcracker will sweep you into the most magical time of the year.


FEBRUARY 16 - 25, 2024
Choreography: Lew Christensen I Music: P.I.Tchaikovosky

Experience this timeless romantic tale about the transformative power of love, played out against the backdrop of an enchanted forest full of magical creatures. This full-length classical ballet has gorgeous costumes, magnificent choreography, whimsical characters and sets that come alive. The captivating Beauty and the Beast is sure to delight both the young and the young at heart.


With the PBT Orchestra
APRIL 5 - 7, 2024
Choreography: George Balanchine, Helen Pickett and choreographers to be announced I Music: P.I. Tchaikovsky, Philip Glass and Thomas Montgomery Newman, and composers to be announced.

PBT's spring mixed repertory program will feature two pieces selected by Adam W. McKinney in his new role as PBT's artistic director. Also on stage will be the vibrant colors and high energy of Spring reflected in Helen Pickett's sparkling Petal. Rounding out the program is the exhilarating piece George Balanchine declared "everything I know about classical ballet in thirteen minutes," his exuberant and joyous Allegro Brilliante.


With the PBT Orchestra
MAY 17 - 19, 2024

Will Cinderella dance her way to the royal ball and meet her prince before the clock strikes midnight? Get swept away by this beloved, entrancing rags to romance story. This full-length ballet is a treat for the whole family, brimming with true love, classical choreography, magnificent costumes & sets and - of course - a fairy tale ending that's just the perfect fit.

Ticket Information

2023-2024 subscriptions, available in packages of 5,4 and 3 ballets, start at $82.50 and are on sale now at pbt.org/subscribe or by calling 412-454-9107. Subscribers receive exclusive benefits, including first access to the best seats and 20% savings over single tickets.

Groups purchasing eight or more tickets save up to 50%. More information is available at pbt.org/groups.

Single tickets to individual performances will go on sale at a future date to be announced.

About Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre has been Pittsburgh's premier professional ballet company since 1969. Today, PBT is a nationally recognized ballet company of 30 professional dancers, a training institution for over 1,200 students of all ages, and an incubator for education and accessibility programs in classrooms, libraries and community centers throughout the region. The company performs a wide-ranging repertoire of classical ballets, contemporary masterworks and new commissions in more than 50 performances annually at home and on tour.

Photo credit: Duane Rieder


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