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March 1, 2013 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Culture Writer
To ring up the curtain on its 50th-anniversary celebration, Balanchine-centric Pennsylvania Ballet will mount its first complete performance of a major gem in the master's crown: George Balanchine's Jewels . Later in the 2013-14 season, it will premiere new works by important contemporary choreographers Trey McIntyre and Matthew Neenan. In a nod to its own artistic lineage, the company will bring in pieces old (Balanchine's Serenade ) and new, by former artistic directors Christopher d'Amboise and Robert (Ricky)
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October 15, 1992 | by Janet Anderson, Daily News Dance Critic
The curtain went up last night at the Merriam Theater on the opening performance of the Pennsylvania Ballet's 29th season. This is a fairly significant marker in the company's tempestuous life - or in any performing- arts organization's life. The program itself is a rather odd mixed bill that juxtaposes one terrific abstract George Balanchine work, "Rubies," with a rather dumb Balanchine mood piece, "Scotch Symphony" - a reminder, if needed, that even Balanchine had his bad moments.
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December 15, 1990 | By Nancy Goldner, Inquirer Dance Critic
The lights flickered. The Christmas tree soared. The snow fell. The bed glided. The Nutcracker battled. The Mouse King died. The children pranced. The adults danced. And Marie never woke from her dream. It's Nutcracker time again. But not all Nutcrackers are the same. The production presented by the Pennsylvania Ballet, which bowed last night at the Academy of Music and will be there through Jan. 6, surely must be the most magical of all. The choreography is by Balanchine, the gentleman who turned Tchaikovsky's once-considered failure into a holiday ritual.
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March 13, 2016
On March 3, the Pennsylvania Ballet presented the world premiere of artistic director Angel Corella's Don Quixote . More than 100 attended a special Don Quixote -theme dinner at the Academy of Music. The evening, which raised $99,450, was a Spanish-inspired event featuring cocktails and dinner, followed by the the Pennsylvania Ballet's performance of the classic. The company performed the ballet for the first time in its 53-year history.  
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October 24, 1991 | By Nancy Goldner, Inquirer Dance Critic
The Pennsylvania Ballet is the beneficiary of two grants in support of its forthcoming programs. The Knight Foundation awarded $300,000 to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington in support of the Pennsylvania Ballet's one-week residency there in October 1993. The Pennsylvania Ballet's appearance at the Kennedy Center is part of the theater's program of commissioning new work from six regional ballet companies. The Pennsylvania Ballet will be the last of six troupes to dance at the Kennedy Center under the program.
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July 24, 2014 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Culture Writer
The Pennsylvania Ballet has hired a new artistic director: Ángel Corella, a former principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre. The Spanish-born Corella, 38, whose appointment was approved Tuesday by the board, is slated to start part-time in September, then full-time in January. He succeeds Roy Kaiser, who announced his retirement in April and will step down in October. A ballet spokeswoman said Corella was not available for an interview. Corella, who was born in Madrid, joined ABT in 1995 and was promoted to principal a year later.
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June 2, 1990 | By Nancy Goldner, Inquirer Dance Critic
Giselle is the most perfect story ballet in existence, because dance and drama are perfectly fused. Hardly is there a moment of choreography that doesn't also further the narrative line. The story itself is also wonderful. About a count's betrayal of an innocent maiden, it touches the heart in a more direct way than the allegorical Tchaikovsky ballets, Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty. Even the Girl Scouts' ballet battalion could make a go of Giselle, so irresistible is the ballet.
NEWS
May 16, 2014 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Culture Writer
Pennsylvania Ballet's administrative leader is leaving. Michael G. Scolamiero, the ballet's executive director since 1997, has accepted the same post with Miami City Ballet. The announcement comes two weeks after artistic director Roy Kaiser said he would step down as soon as a replacement is found. Both changes come as the ballet puts in place a strategic plan prepared by Michael M. Kaiser (not related to Roy) to bring the company, in Scolamiero's words, "back to the top ranks of American ballet companies.
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March 9, 2014 | By Ellen Dunkel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania Ballet gave an encore of a signature work and added another Balanchine ballet to its repertoire for its opening Thursday night at the Academy of Music. Both were part of the company's yearlong 50th anniversary celebration. Carmina Burana has been in the troupe's repertoire since 1966, when John Butler staged his 1959 work on Pennsylvania Ballet to Carl Orff's secular cantata. In 2007, choreographer-in-residence Matthew Neenan reinterpreted the ballet with new choreography, costumes, and sets.
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February 19, 1993 | By Nancy Goldner, INQUIRER DANCE CRITIC
Just when you think you have Balanchine in hand, along comes a ballet that is unlike any of his others. The stranger is La Sonnambula, in its Pennsylvania Ballet premiere at the Merriam Theater, where the company is giving a program of three works through Sunday night. La Sonnambula is atypical in that it tells a story and is a period piece rather than a contemporary gloss on the 19th century. Furthermore, it is a ballet of atmosphere, with choreography merely a setting for that atmosphere.
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April 5, 2016 | By Nancy G. Heller, For The Inquirer
'I don't roll on the floor," said Meredith Rainey, one of Philadelphia's best-loved (and tallest) ballet dancers, during the post-show Q&A. "It's a long way down. " Yet, there he was Friday night at the Annenberg Center's Prince Theater, doing exactly that, as he and co-choreographer Tania Isaac presented the world premiere of (In)Visible . An hour-long piece combining movement and music with spoken text, this work was partly inspired by Ralph Ellison's 1952 novel Invisible Man , a classic statement about the position of black people in white America.
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April 3, 2016 | By Stephan Salisbury, CULTURE WRITER
When the third version of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, or PIFA, breaks out around town beginning April 8, it will represent a more modest version of the arts extravaganza that ended with 200,000 people thronging a Broad Street fair in April 2011. The festival will be shorter - two weeks instead of the four weeks of 2011 and 2013. There will be fewer events - 60 this year versus 145 in 2011. And the budget for the festival, organized and presented by the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, is noticeably smaller - $4.5 million this year, down from 2013's $5.6 million, and $10 million in 2011.
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March 13, 2016
On March 3, the Pennsylvania Ballet presented the world premiere of artistic director Angel Corella's Don Quixote . More than 100 attended a special Don Quixote -theme dinner at the Academy of Music. The evening, which raised $99,450, was a Spanish-inspired event featuring cocktails and dinner, followed by the the Pennsylvania Ballet's performance of the classic. The company performed the ballet for the first time in its 53-year history.  
NEWS
March 6, 2016 | By Ellen Dunkel, Staff Writer
There's so much to like about Angel Corella's new Don Quixote , which the Pennsylvania Ballet premiered Thursday night at the Academy of Music. The artistic director upped the Spanish feel and authenticity of the ballet's classic Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov steps, set to Ludwig Minkus' well-known score. This can be seen in Ana Calderón's flamenco Gypsy, a rhythmic-gymnastlike cape dance from Jermel Johnson as Espada, the matadors' scene, and other touches. Mayara Piñeiro sparkled as Kitri.
NEWS
March 4, 2016 | By Ellen Dunkel, Staff Writer
This year, Don Quixote , next year, Le Corsaire . Angel Corella will recreate another highly popular full-length ballet in his third year as artistic director, he said, announcing the Pennsylvania Ballet's 2016-17 season. He has also added a third full-length ballet to the lineup, commissioned more new work, and shifted the timing of the season. Le Corsaire , set to music by Adolphe Adam, is a pirate story based loosely on a Lord Byron poem, and it's a ballet Corella knows extremely well.
NEWS
February 29, 2016 | By Nancy G. Heller, For The Inquirer
What's Spanish about the Pennsylvania Ballet's new production of the full-length Don Quixote , premiering Thursday at the Academy of Music? Most obviously, Miguel de Cervantes' classic 17th-century novel of the same name, which has inspired myriad adaptations of this tale of a delusional knight-errant. (Cue Richard Kiley singing "The Impossible Dream. ") Ángel Corella, the company's artistic director, creator of this version of Don Quixote , is Spanish - born, raised, and trained in Madrid.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 24, 2016 | By Peter Dobrin, CLASSICAL MUSIC CRITIC
It's a safe bet the only thing standing between children and their ability to absorb the most challenging art is the adult with a limited imagination. There was no danger of that happening Sunday at the Curtis Institute of Music, where a new production of The Jungle Book emerged from the pen of a group of grown-ups with an enormous sense of regard for their audience. What's more, the 45-minute ballet with a stunning small-ensemble score and crisply told story is an absolute charmer.
NEWS
February 7, 2016 | By Ellen Dunkel, Staff Writer
The program is called Strength and Longing, but Strength and Lengthening might have been a better name. The Pennsylvania Ballet opened its February season Thursday night with four dances that were all long limbs, rippling muscles, bravado, and control. Three of the pieces presented at the Merriam Theater were company premieres, as artistic director Ángel Corella continues his plan to introduce new work to Philadelphia audiences. The evening opened with "Without Words," a Nacho Duato premiere of chiseled bodies in minimal costumes performing duets and trios that flowed from position to position.
NEWS
January 7, 2016 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Columnist
It was a cultural clash unseen even in a city long defined by the confrontational fanaticism of its sports fans: a grande bataille between a trash-talking Eagles fan and an elegant defender of the ballet. And in yet another sign that Philadelphia may be a city in transformation, a city rightly celebrated for much more than sports, a cracked bell, and steak on a roll, the ballet guy owned the Eagles guy. Big time. The emotions of the cultural imbroglio have settled, and with no permanent ill will.
NEWS
December 20, 2015
The Pennsylvania Ballet transformed the Ballroom at Hyatt at the Bellevue into the annual Nutcracker Magic Holiday Feast on Dec. 12. Fun was had by all as children of all ages dressed up in their holiday best, dined on kid-friendly food, and danced in a real ballroom. They also made crafts with other little buddies and met live characters from The Nutcracker , taking photos with the Sugar Plum Fairy and the Mouse King, and even holding a live monkey. All this magic - and then they were off to a matinee performance of George Balanchine's The Nutcracker performed by the Pennsylvania Ballet at the Academy of Music.
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