Another company doing $25 tickets:
Pennsylvania Ballet Offers $25 Orchestra Seats
February 11- February 15 at the Merriam Theatre
Pennsylvania Ballet extends an extraordinary offer to young urban professionals of 50 Orchestra seats for $25 each to every performance of Love & Longing, an exhilarating program of three contemporary works performed February 11 - February 15 at the Merriam Theatre, University of the Arts, 250 S. Broad Street. These seats are regularly priced at $95.50.
This unprecedented offer is being actively promoted in urban neighborhoods popular with the under-30 demographic – the same age group as most of the dancers in the Company. The combination of a special ticket price and a dynamic repertory program is designed to encourage this peer group to experience the vitality of an art form that is practiced here in Philadelphia by some of the best dance artists of their generation.
“This unique initiative affords those who are curious about the ballet the opportunity to see our extraordinary artists, quite literally – up close,” said Artistic Director Roy Kaiser. The dancers of Pennsylvania Ballet are all under the age of 35, and most reside downtown in Center City and in the Manayunk area.
A total of 300 tickets will be made available through this offer beginning January 28, 2009. The $25 tickets will be sold only through Ticketmaster at 215.366.2000 and in-person at the Merriam Theatre box office until they are sold out. This offer is not available online.
Three contemporary ballets will be performed during the program – Nine Sinatra Songs, Fearful Symmetries and the world premiere of Requiem for a Rose by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa.
The vocal stylings of the quintessential romantic, Frank Sinatra, set the mood for Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs. This ballad ballet pays tribute to the legendary crooner through nine of his timeless hits including “My Way,” “That’s Life,” and “Strangers in the Night.” Couples explore the complexities of relationships through graceful ballroom dancing while donned in exquisitely designed costumes mirrored after Oscar de la Renta’s original designs.
First performed by Pennsylvania Ballet in March 2005, Peter Martins’s Fearful Symmetries is a study in precision and intensity with its dancers draped in dramatic hues of crimson and burgundy. Fearful Symmetries is a ballet for two principal couples, a soloist couple, three corps men, six corps women, and four corps couples. It is a large, complex work that experiments with contemporary movement culminating in a high impact ensemble finish against John Adams’s racing score.
Choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa offers Requiem for a Rose, her first commission for the Company. Set to Shubert’s Adagio from Quintet in C Major, Requiem is an intimate ballet that uses 13 Company dancers to create an emotional experience through abstract movement, subtle gestures and longing glances. Much of the inspiration for her choreography is drawn from art and music rather than contemporary dance trends. The half-Columbian, half-Belgian Ochoa completed her dance training at the Royal Ballet Academy before dancing with several companies throughout Europe. Ochoa’s work was recently seen by Philadelphia audiences in Still@Life, created for BalletX last July.
Performances of Love & Longing are as follows:
§ Wednesday, February 11 at 8 p.m.
§ Thursday, February 12 at 8 p.m.
§ Friday, February 13 at 8 p.m.
§ Saturday, February 14 at 2 and 8 p.m.
§ Sunday, February 15 at 2 p.m.
Create your own subscription package for Pennsylvania Ballet’s 45th Anniversary Season. Choose 3 of the season’s remaining ballets for as little as $61. Subscribers receive many benefits over single ticket purchasers including a 20% discount, priority seating, easy ticket exchanges, discounts to fine restaurants and other area cultural institutions, and more! Subscriptions are available by calling 215.893.1955 or online at www.paballet.org.
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, call 215.551.7000 or visit www.paballet.org.
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