Open Air Festival has Pittsburgh Ballet, Sidra Bell Dance, Staycee Pearl Dance & Soy Sos (Fri., 5/21/21)

One of the pieces that Pittsburgh Ballet will be performing is from their production of 'Don Quixote.' Pictured are Yoshiaki Nakano and Jessica McCann. (photo: Kelly Petrovich)

One of the pieces that Pittsburgh Ballet will be performing is from their production of ‘Don Quixote.’ Pictured are Yoshiaki Nakano and Jessica McCann. (photo: Kelly Petrovich)

OPEN AIR FESTIVAL Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and other performing arts companies. Open Air. Outdoors. May 18-31

Last summer Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, with the help of several Pittsburgh foundations, purchased a sleek new mobile stage, the Stageline SAM450, for productions outdoors at its parking lot. This month Pittsburgh Ballet will be using the stage for excerpts of its own productions including Swan Lake, Don Quixote, and The Sleeping Beauty and other dance programs at Schenley Park’s Flagstaff Hill. The Ballet, under Artistic Director Susan Jaffee, is also sharing the “wealth” of its new stage with its ballet school and over 20 local performing arts organizations and musical groups. Tonight’s features includes Kelly Strayhorn Theater presents Sidra Bell Dance New York and STAYCEE PEARL dance project & Soy Sos, and Pittsburgh Ballet dancers performing excerpts from Raymonda, La Bayadére and Don Quixote seamlessly alongside new works including Boléro, Lacrimosa, Sasha Janes’ Loss, Aszure Barton’s Awáa duet, and a new male duet choreographed by PBT Principal Dancer Yoshiaki Nakano.

Pittsburgh Opera, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, River City Brass Band, Staycee Pearl Dance Project and Soy Sos, Richard Parsakian’s Dance Showcase, Attack Theatre, the Lemington Gospel Choir, Balafon West African Dance, Texture Contemporary Ballet, and Tania and Jeff Grubbs are some of those performing. For a complete list of organizations performing see the PBT website. Advance reservations are available for free lawn seating and premium VIP seating. Flagstaff Hill, next to the Carnegie Mellon campus in Oakland.