Pennsylvania Ballet Announces 2012-2013 Season

Pennsylvania Ballet Artistic Director Roy Kaiser announces the Company’s powerful 2012-2013 Season – highlighting some of the most revered classics and groundbreaking choreographers of all time.

The 49th Season opens with Marius Petipa’s gripping classic Giselle and features George Balanchine’s whimsical A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Christopher Wheeldon’s imaginative Carnival of the Animals. Plus, four Company premieres will invigorate the repertoire: Wheeldon’s After the Rain, William Forsythe’s Artifact Suite, Balanchine’s Stravinsky Violin Concerto, and Jiri Kylian’s Forgotten Land – the first work by the Czech choreographer to be presented by Pennsylvania Ballet.

This season also marks the 25th anniversary year of the Company presenting George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™. As one of only seven companies world-wide currently licensed to present Mr. Balanchine’s version of this timeless ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet is reaching a milestone.

“Our 49th Season will challenge each dancer to develop a new aspect of his or her craft,” Artistic Director Roy Kaiser says. “I hope you will join us on the journey.”

To subscribe to Pennsylvania Ballet’s 2012-2013 Season today, call 215.893.1955 or visit Single tickets to George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ will go on sale on June 11, 2012 and to the rest of the season on September 4, 2012.

Giselle by Marius Petipa
Music by Adolphe Adam
October 18-28, 2012
Academy of Music
Featuring the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra
Surrender your heart to the ultimate ballet of the Romantic era. Haunting and poetic, Giselle tells the story of a peasant girl who falls in love with a prince, but heartbreak and despair follow. With a dramatic score by Adolphe Adam and choreography by the French master Marius Petipa, Giselle offers both the promise of young love and the tragedy of it slipping away, in one evening of stunning classical dance.

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

Music by Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky
December 8-30, 2012
Academy of Music
First Niagara Bank, Presenting Sponsor
Featuring the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra
Journey to the wondrous Land of Sweets for the Philadelphia region’s most beloved holiday tradition, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker. Follow Marie and her Prince through the dazzling party scene, a harrowing battle, a glistening forest full of snow, and into the Sugarplum Fairy’s kingdom. Spectacular sets and costumes make this 44-year-old tradition sparkle like new. The Philadelphia Boys choir and dozens of local dance students add to the enchantment. The Company began performing Balanchine’s full-length Nutcracker in 1987, making this our 25th anniversary year of the production.


February 7-10, 2013
Merriam Theater
Featuring the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra

Square Dance by George Balanchine, music by Antonio Vivaldi and Arcangelo Corelli
After the Rain [Company Premiere] by Christopher Wheeldon, music by Arvo Pärt
Push Comes to Shove by Twyla Tharp, music by Joseph Haydn

Revel in ballet’s boundless potential with an evening of diverse works by three renowned choreographers. George Balanchine’s Square Dance is a favorite of many dancers. Its title comes from the structure of American folk dance, which Balanchine found made a complementary frame for classical ballet movement. Dancers wear simple leotards and tights, allowing audiences to focus on the dancers’ breathtakingly speedy footwork and the brilliant score by Antonio Vivaldi and Arcangelo Corelli.

The Company premiere of Christopher Wheeldon’s compelling and intimate After the Rain showcases inventive partnering and heartfelt emotion. The first section of this piece features three couples. The second, most-identifiable part is a pas de deux. The ballerina is dressed in a pink leotard and her partner is bare-chested. At times they are close and tender with one another, while at other times they are separated and searching for one another. The moving score by Arvo Pärt sets a poignant, touching mood.

The legendary Twyla Tharp anchors this program with the quirky and fun Push Comes to Shove, originally created for Mikhail Baryshnikov and featuring Tharp’s trademark theatrical style. Here, Tharp fuses the wit of jazz with the sophistication of ballet.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
by George Balanchine
Music by Felix Mendelssohn
March 7-17, 2013
Academy of Music
Featuring the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra

Visit the vibrant, mystical fantasy of George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Set to Felix Mendelssohn’s lush score, this enchanting ballet brings William Shakespeare’s classic comedy to life. The hilarious tale follows the adventures and misadventures of a group of mortals and immortals in their quest for love. More than 20 child dancers fill the forest as fireflies and fairies. A choir adds to the magic of this elaborate production, fit for all ages. This season, the Company will use updated sets and costumes designed by Martin Pakledinaz.

Carnival of the Animals
by Christopher Wheeldon
Music by Camille Saint-Saëns
With George Balanchine’s
Ballo della Regina, music by Giuseppe Verdi
Stravinsky Violin Concerto [Company Premiere], music by Igor Stravinsky
May 9-12, 2013
Academy of Music
Featuring the Pennsylvania Ballet Orchestra

Let your imagination soar with Christopher Wheeldon’s charming Carnival of the Animals. The story follows the dream of a boy, asleep in the American Museum of Natural History. Wild creatures emerge, and hilarious antics ensue. With witty narration written by Tony-Award winning actor John Lithgow, Carnival of the Animals unfolds to the well-known Camille Saint-Saëns score.

Two Balanchine masterpieces open the evening. Ballo della Regina is a joyous collection of allegro variations set to the music of Giuseppe Verdi. Its title translates to “dance of the queen.”

A Company premiere, Stravinsky Violin Concerto is one of Balanchine’s classic black and white ballets. Balanchine and composer Igor Stravinsky collaborated on many works, their partnership undoubtedly strengthened by Balanchine’s extensive musical training. The movement in Stravinsky Violin Concerto is both intricate and architectural.

Forsythe & Kylián

June 13-16, 2013
Academy of Music

  • Artifact Suite [Company Premiere] by William Forsythe, music by Johann Sebastian Bach & Eva Crossman-Hecht
  • Forgotten Land [Company Premiere] by Jiří Kylián, music by Benjamin Britten

Celebrate the evolution of Pennsylvania Ballet’s repertoire with Company premieres by two of today’s most influential choreographers. Artifact Suite offers William Forsythe’s singular brand of aggressive, angular movement. His daring interpretation of the ballet lexicon boasts lightening-quick rhythm, to-the-hilt extension, and unmatched precision.

Equally kinetic yet strikingly soulful, Jiří Kylián’s seamless, fluid vocabulary propels his somber Forgotten Land. New to the Pennsylvania Ballet repertoire, Kylián found inspiration for this piece in a painting of water eroding the shore by Norwegian Expressionist painter Edvard Munch.

2012-2013 SEASON SUBSCRIPTIONS are on sale now at 215.893.1955 and at

NEW! Free Pre-Show Talks will enrich your experience. Dancers, choreographers, musicians, and special guests offer audiences an insider’s view during pre-show talks, one hour prior to Friday and Saturday evening performances at The Doubletree by Hilton Hotel. No pre-registration required.

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