The PA Ballet: ‘Director’s Choice’
By Timothy McLaughlin
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Pennsylvania Ballet Company presents “Director’s Choice” — an evening of dance, inspired by the company’s leaders — from May 8th to May 11th at the Academy of Music.
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“It’s the type of program I really enjoy seeing the company perform,” says Artistic Director Roy Kaiser.
It’s also a program that showcases the company’s versatility.
“I think one of the great strengths of the Pennsylvania Ballet is the fact that we have dancers in the Company that can — in the course of an evening — change gears two or three times,” Kaiser explains.
In this case, it’s going from classic choreography by former artistic director Robert Weiss to a romantic, modern dance by Christopher Wheeldon, set to “After the Rain” by Arvo Part.
In between, there’s a world premier by an artist familiar to PA Ballet-goers — Trey McIntyre, with music by Patrick Watson.
“A smaller work for six couples. And Trey has a very contemporary aesthetic to his work. Women are in flat shoes instead of point shoes, and [it’s] very movement oriented,” Kaiser says.
For more information, visit: www.paballet.org.