Preview of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s “Unspoken”

PBT's Unspoken

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This coming weekend marks the final performances of “Unspoken, a mixed repertory performance put on by Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre (PBT) at the August Wilson Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The production will include three ballet pieces:

  • “Serenade” by George Balanchine
  • “Jardin Aux Lilas (Lilac Garden)” by Antony Tudor
  • “Drink to me Only with Thine Eyes” by Mark Morris

First, “Serenade” is a classical ballet piece choreographed by George Balanchine (1904-1983), one of the leading choreographers in the world of ballet. Balanchine served as artistic director for the New York City Ballet, and he choreographed 465 works during his career. “Serenade” debuted in 1935 in New York City, and it is danced to Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade in C Major.” The dancers go through four movements, including the fast-paced “Russian Dance” section, which is performed by four corps de ballet members. For more information about this ballet, check out this video!

Second, “Jardin Aux Lilas (Lilac Garden)” is a famous piece choreographed by Antony Tudor (1908-1987) in London in the early twentieth century. The  piece tells a dramatic tale of two young adults about to embark upon an arranged marriage. The dancers rely not only on their talent and technique, but they also need to be good actors to portray the emotions of the story. Below is a video of a segment from this ballet:

Last, “Drink to me Only with Thine Eyes” is a piece of ballet choreography by Mark Morris. Born in 1956 in Seattle, Washington, Morris founded the Mark Morris Dance Group in 1980. Since then, he has created more than 130 works for his company, including “Drink to me Only with Thine Eyes” in 1988. He is also experienced in opera as well as dance and choreography. The contemporary ballet is a different  piece for Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, giving the production a more well-rounded feel. Take a look at this video clip from Mark Morris’ ballet:

“Unspoken” is Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s only mixed performance of the 2012-2013 season. Located in the smaller, more intimate August Wilson Center located at 980 Liberty Ave. in downtown Pittsburgh, the ballet allows audiences to get up close to the dancers onstage and get a taste of choreography from some of the leading choreographers in ballet.

This weekend’s performances are on…

    • Thursday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m.
    • Friday, March 15 at 8 p.m.
    • Saturday, March 16 at 8 p.m.
    • Sunday, March 17 at 2 p.m.

To read a review of the first weekend of “Unspoken” performances, check out this article from the Pittsburgh City Paper.

Past productions in this season by Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre include “Giselle,” “The Nutcracker” and “Moulin Rouge — The Ballet.” The company’s final production of the season will be “Cinderella,” with performances April 19-21 at the Benedum Center.

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