Why Companies Are Increasingly Opting For Shared, Collaborative Programs

In what seems to be a growing trend, regional companies are coming together to share stages and expand their audiences. These team-ups often go beyond split bills, with companies swapping choreographers and performing at least one joint work. While the logistics of co-presentations can be complicated—with more dancers to schedule, budgets to balance and creative […]

6 Shows This Month Worth Braving the Cold to See

Unexpected collaborations, celebrations of culture, literary classics that take a turn for the tragic—it might be freezing outside, but the new season is just heating up. Here are six shows we’d happily brave the winter weather for this month. Criss-Crossing Culture Zones Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and Colin Dunne. Photo by Koen Broos, Courtesy Eastman RENNES, […]

Your Body: Working out with Julia Erickson

The principal dancer moonlights as a nutrition entrepreneur. Erickson fuels performances by snacking all day. Here, in Giselle. Photo by Rich Sofranko, courtesy PBT. With five feet eight inches of svelte muscle, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre principal Julia Erickson is celebrated for being quick on her feet and light in her carriage. Outside of Pennsylvania, though, […]

Dance Matters: Dialing Down a Classic

PBT presents a Nutcracker geared to children with autism disorders.   “This is a performance where families can come as they are and be who they are,” says Alyssa Herzog Melby, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s education director, about the company’s first autism-friendly performance of The Nutcracker, which she championed. The troupe, directed by Terrence Orr, follows […]

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