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Exhibition Celebrating Pennsylvania Ballet’s 50th Anniversary Opens at Free Library of Philadelphia


Pennsylvania Ballet at 50, an exhibition celebrating the Company’s 50th Anniversary, will be on view at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Parkway Central Library at 1901 Vine Street, March 5 through March 30.

“Pennsylvania Ballet has an incredibly rich history,” Artistic Director Roy Kaiser says. “We are honored the Free Library has given us this platform to share our story with our fellow Philadelphians.”

Pennsylvania Ballet at 50, in 22 cases in Parkway Central’s West Gallery on the first floor, will detail Pennsylvania Ballet’s remarkable 50-year history through stunning photos, vintage posters, costumes, performance programs, and historic artifacts, many items on view for the first time. The exhibition will also feature highlights from the Company’s 50th Anniversary celebrations in 2013, including the 50th Anniversary Gala and the first annual Nutcracker Market craft and gift fair, plus a video tribute created by Pennsylvania Ballet Photographer/Videographer Alexander Iziliaev, a former Principal Dancer for the Company.

To design the exhibition, Pennsylvania Ballet has partnered with graphic design students from Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design, led by Professor Jody Graff, Program Director. This marks the Company’s second collaboration with Drexel students in the 50th Anniversary Season. They also designed Behind the Scenes of The Nutcracker at the Philadelphia History Museum this winter, chronicling the 45-year history of Philadelphia’s most beloved holiday tradition.

Pennsylvania Ballet at 50
March 5 through March 30
Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia
Free to the public

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While not a dancer himself, Weisz’s love for the arts and dance started as a child growing up in New York City. With parents, who were strong supporters of the arts and part of a community with an incredible array of notable artists in music, dance, theater and fine arts, Weisz’s access and affinity for the performing arts took root. Upon attending college in Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania in the mid 70’s, Weisz started performing as a puppeteer, magician, juggler and fire eater as a means of supplementing his income. This soon grew in to what became Rainbow Promotions Inc., one of the largest entertainment and special events producers in the region. It was here that he began to promote and book dance for major events throughout the city. Many of the dancers he worked with in the early days of his company are now major choreographers in Philadelphia. At the same time, Weisz’s interest in computers and the early developments of what is now known as the Internet, led him to also start another company, Delaware Valley On Line, which became one of the first regional ISPs. It was this combination of event production, internet development and event marketing that led him to examine the use of the internet as a means to promote the arts. Dance continued to be a major interest for Weisz and in 2005 he founded PhiladelphiaDANCE.org as a major online resource to promote dance in the city. It was soon after that the Dance Journal was also founded as a way to provide an outlet for writing on a range of topics that encompass the ever growing and emerging dance community in the region. Weisz continues to run both PhiladelphiaDANCE and The Dance Journal on purely a voluntary basis with no income derived from any of his projects. He is also the Artistic Director of Graffito Works, a unique platform for dancers and performing artists to create site-specific work and to make it readily accessible to the public.

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