Steel City Strength

“I was tricked into it,” says Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre artistic director Terrence S. Orr, recalling his introduction to ballet. As a young boy, he wanted to learn acrobatics, but when there wasn’t a beginning class available, the studio owner put him in ballet. By the time he realized he’d been duped, Orr was already enjoyingMore »

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s Yoshiaki Nakano on His Choreographic Debut

Choreographing for a professional company is a major honor for any dancer. For Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre principal Yoshiaki Nakano, it’s an even bigger deal: He’s the first company dancer to debut mainstage work during Terrence Orr’s 19 years as artistic director. Nakano’s neoclassical ballet, A Fellow Feeling, premieres Mar. 10-13. For Pointe‘s free bi-monthly newsletter, we spoke withMore »

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s Sensory-Friendly Peter Pan

On February 18, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre will use the magic of pixie dust (and splendid dancing) to entertain those who otherwise might not know the joy of attending live ballets. PBT’s sensory-friendly Peter Pan, a one-night event during the show’s two-week long run, will have supportive accommodations for children and adults with autism and otherMore »

Dancers On Tour: Pittsburgh Ballet in the Dead Sea

Our final day in Israel was magical. The first stop was Mt. Olive for an amazing overlook of the Old City of Jerusalem. Everything was layered, both in the sense of time, with each century erecting their monuments upon the previous, and in the sense of religion, with the most holy of sites for so many all converging on each other in this small area.

Dancers On Tour: Pittsburgh in Israel, Another Performance

On Thursday, we performed in Rishon Lezion just outside of Tel Aviv. The theater was a large marble complex with extensive backstage facilities including a separate studio to take class and spacious dressing rooms for everyone. We warmed up, did a quick rehearsal and then had a few hours for dinner before the show. The performance went really well, even though the audience was slightly more subdued compared to the raucous atmosphere of the Karmiel Dance Festival.

Dancers on Tour: Pittsburgh Performs in Israel

Day three in Israel was a busy one! We had an early bus call to Karmiel to explore and get something to eat before class. The area was like an upscale suburb in the States with tree-lined streets of shops and little gardens. Most of the signage was in Hebrew so it was hard to tell what each store held until you peered inside. My favorites were the small, locally-owned shops with delicious smells of fresh-baked bread wafting through the doorways and fruits and vegetables piled high.

 

Dancers On Tour: Pittsburgh in Tel Aviv

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre is currently on tour in Israel to perform in the 25th anniversary of Karmiel Dance Festival. Principal dancer Alexandra Kochis is guest blogging about the experience for Pointe.

 

We have arrived in Israel! After a few airline delays and one 11-hour flight from Philadelphia to Tel Aviv, we are finally checked into our seaside hotel in the town of Acre.