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The Joyce schedule is not out yet, but the Pittsburgh Ballet will perform at the Joyce from March 29 - April 3, 2005. Be warned, they have a new "Tribute to Paul Simon" evening. :)

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Trying to imagine what they could do to "Voices of Old People." :ermm:

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Dale,

Have they mentioned the choreographer yet?

Clara :ermm:

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For the Paul Simon or for the Joyce program. I don't think either has been announced yet.

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Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre announced several events connected with its Nutcracker run:

The Nutcracker

Sponsored by Kaufmanns

December 4-28, 2004

In association with the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's performance of The Nutcracker, PBT will be participating in several upcoming events within the community. Check us out!

11/17/04 - TUTU COOL! - Take part in a behind the scenes visit to the costume shop at PBT and observe a full-cast rehearsal. Spaces limited, reservations required. CAll 412-454-9105.

11/19/04 - Light Up Night! Costumed Nutcracker characters at Kaufmann's Downtown from 4-9 p.m.

Light Up Night Special! Visit The Box Office at Theater Square and purchase half price tickets for the following dates of Nutcracker performances:

Sunday, December 5 at 4:30 p.m.

Sunday, December 12 at 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, December 16 at 7 p.m.

Sunday, December 26 at 12 Noon

Half price tickets are only available in person at The Box Office at Theater Square from 12 Noon to 9 p.m.

11/20/04 - Bowling Ball - Join the PBT dancers at the Arsenal Lanes from 12 Noon to 2 p.m. in Lawrenceville for a Bowl-A-Thon benefiting the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Cost is $10 per person to bowl three games or you can sponsor your favorite dancer. For more information call 412-281-0360.

11/27/04 - Celebrate The Season Parade - Pittsburgh's annual Holiday Parade sponsored by Kaufmanns. Nutcracker characters will be riding on the Heinz Hitch, beginning at 9 a.m.

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I can only imagine what the "Tribute to Paul Simon" ballet will be like since a few of PBT's more contemporary dancers have sadly departed. I would imagine it to be along the lines of the "Brand New Day" Sting tribute they did a while ago.

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I received this offer in the mail:

Save $5 off the regular ticket price for Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's

performance of The Sleeping Beauty

February 10-13, 2005

The Benedum Center for The Performing Arts

Call the Box Office and mention code F-EN to receive your

$5 discount.

What better way to celebrate Valentine's Weekend than with one of the world's most beautiful, and classic ballets - The Sleeping Beauty.

The lovely Princess Aurora pricks her finger and triggers the treacherous curse for the entire kingdom to slip into a deep sleep, unless fate delivers a kiss from a valiant and handsome Prince!

The Sleeping Beauty

February 10-13, 2005

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Could the $5 off ticket cost promotion be because of their million dollar debt ? (The companies debt has been the topic of a few articles in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette recently) Ticket prices have gone up, and from what I read a lot of the long time ticket holders were forced to give up their regular yearly seats. How is this supposed to encourage the public to want to come see the ballet...or at least encourage former season ticket holders to re-subscribe?

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Hi Premabalrina. It does seem to be a messy situation over in Pittsburgh. The musicians took a cut too, so certain segments are trying to keep things alive.

Do you see the company regularly? How does it compare now with when Wilde was running it?

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I was heavily involved at PBT about 5 years ago, which was a few years after Patricia Wilde's departure. I am a Pittsburgh native, and my mother still sends me the articles she finds in the paper on PBT. I grew up idolizing the company dancers, many of which left after Orr took over (or their contracts were not renewed due to his preferences). The companies rep. while Patricia was running the company was amazing. Balanchines Nutcracker was a favorite among many Pittsburghers. I think things started going downhill when Orr decided to create his own Nutcracker, and along with quality fell the ticket sales. (Not to forget the huge defecit the company suffered the year before after signing for Ben Stevenson's Cleopatra...which was not embraced well by Pittsburgh audiences) Now don't get me wrong, Pittsburgh as a city is a little behind and conservative so ballets like "Brand new day" and "tribute to Paul Simon" might sound attractive to the average joe. But the legacy of Patricia Wilde was so much greater, and the company was so much more exciting to watch when they did more classical pieces! I am still not so sure which direction Orr is trying to take the company. Maybe he is taking a more contemporary approach...but then why did he hire a bunch of girls from PNB, obviously more classicaly trained? Maybe he is doing everything he can to bring in more money.

What have you heard about the company? I hope things get better!

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Thank you for giving your impressions of Pit Ballet. Being somewhat Balanchine-centric, I have been interested in the company and read during Wilde's time that they did the great choreographer justice. I always had wanted to see their Jewels and Nutcracker. Orr seems to want either evening-length story ballets or one-act cross-over works. But, as you said, he hired classical dancers. To me, it's like breeding thoroughbreds to pull the hay wagon or training a dog to sniff out drugs and then have it sit around the house all day. Wilde semed interested in putting on good well-rounded programs, knowing that if you do, people will come. But all this comes from just reading articles in dancing magazines and newspapers on the company. I will try to catch them in New York this spring, although the program doesn't really do too much for me.

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Another email offer:

A Tribute To Paul Simon

Ying Li and Jiabin Pan in A Tribute to Paul Simon.

March 10-13, 2005

Benedum Center

Two world premiere ballets!

Simply Simon choreographed by Derek Deane

and

Simon Said choreographed by Dwight Rhoden

Also on the program: Ave Maria and Senza Fretta.

Save $5!

By being an en pointe subscriber you can receive $5 off the regular ticket price by mentioning code F-EN when purchasing tickets at The Box Office at Theater Square or by calling 412-456-6666.

Enjoy songs like: You Can Call Me Al, 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover, Still Crazy After All These Years, Late In the Evening, Cecelia, Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Kodachrome and many more!

Two unique ballets to one of the world's most passionate singer songwriters -

Paul Simon.

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