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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