Fourteen Pennsylvania Ballet dancers to appear in the upcoming ballet-themed thriller Black Swan

Fourteen Pennsylvania Ballet dancers are stepping from stage to screen with their appearance in the upcoming ballet-themed thriller Black Swan, starring Natalie Portman. Black Swan will mark its Philadelphia debut on opening night of the 19th Philadelphia Film Festival on Thursday, October 14 at 8:00 p.m. at the Zellerbach Theatre at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts at 3680 Walnut Street. The featured dancers will attend this screening and will also participate in a post-screening Q&A session.

“Black Swan is a fantastic opportunity for our dancers to showcase their craft in an entirely different medium than they typically can,” Artistic Director Roy Kaiser says. “We’re thrilled to be part of this film.”

The Pennsylvania Ballet dancers traveled to SUNY Purchase this past January to film various dance studio and performance scenes for Black Swan, directed by Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler, Requiem for a Dream). The Pennsylvania Ballet dancers featured in Black Swan are: Laura Bowman, Adrianna de Svastich, Lillian Di Piazza, Megan Dickinson, Lauren Fadeley, Holly Lynn Fusco, Ian Hussey, Rachel Jambois, Abigail Mentzer, Ryoko Sadoshima, Kaia Annika Tack, Sergio Torrado, Barette Vance, and André Vytoptov. Black Swan is scheduled to be released on December 3.

The 19th Philadelphia Film Festival will take place from October 14-24 showcasing over 100 new films from around the world on eight different screens throughout the Philadelphia area. For more information regarding dates, times, locations, and tickets, please visit or call 215.253.3599.

Founded in 1963 by Balanchine student and protégée Barbara Weisberger, Pennsylvania Ballet is one of the nation’s leading ballet companies. Headquartered in Philadelphia, the Company’s annual local season features six programs of classic favorites and new works, including the Philadelphia holiday tradition, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™.  For more information, visit or call 215.551.7000.


Thursday, October 14 at 8 p.m.
Zellerbach Theatre at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

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  1. Since the filming of the movie actress Natalie Portman is engaged to New York City Ballet Principal Benjamin Millepied and is pregnant with his baby!!!

  2. The new ballet drama Black Swan, starring Natalie Portman, has received a record 12 nominations from the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) for the 16th annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards!

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