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Company press release:

Sounds of Sinatra will warm up your winter as Pennsylvania Ballet presents Love & Longing

February 11 – February 15 at the Merriam Theater


Pennsylvania Ballet continues its 45th Anniversary Season February 11 – February 15 at the Merriam Theater at the University of the Arts, 250 S. Broad Street with Nine Sinatra Songs, Fearful Symmetries and the world premiere of Requiem for a Rose by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. This exciting repertory program was designed especially with your Valentine in mind.

            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. A ballet for two principal couples, a soloist couple, three corps men, six corps women, and four corps couples it is a large, complex ballet 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, 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 choreographic 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.


Tickets for Love & Longing are on sale January 6, 2009, with prices ranging from $21.50 – $126.50 and can be purchased by calling 215.336.2000 or online at www.paballet.org. Groups of 10 or more can purchase discounted tickets by calling 215.587.6921.


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