Pittsburgh Ballet’s ‘Spring Mix’ Comes to Life at Benedum; ‘The Show of 1,000 Tomorrows’ at Attack Theatre (Fri., 4/5/24)

SPRING MIX (ballet and dance) by George Balanchine, Jae Man Joo, Yoshiaki Nakano, and Helen Pickett, with music by Tchaikovsky, Glass, Newman, and Bruch. Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. April 5 – 7.

PBT Artists in Petal for 'Spring Mix.' (Photo: Rosalie O’Connor)

PBT Artists in Petal for ‘Spring Mix.’ (Photo: Rosalie O’Connor)

1) Heralding the promise of warmer days and brighter skies, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre is staging a spring feast of the brightest and most breathtaking dances of some of the world’s greatest choreographers. Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante briskly syncs with Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 3. The piece runs just 13 minutes but Balanchine once said it included everything he knew about classical ballet. Complementing the “tried and true,” PBT artistic director Adam W. McKinney will feature two world premieres. The first is Jae Man Joo’s When Time Stands Still and, following, will be Violin Pas de Deux by PBT Principal Artist and Choreographer-in-Residence Yoshiaki Nakano. The evening’s sparkling repertory program will also include Petal by Helen Pickett, a high energy and brilliant work first experienced with the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet in 2008. Friday, April 5 offers a pre-opening audience forum of Spring Mix with choreographer Helen Pickett and répétiteur Zippora Karz. 7:30 p.m. Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre at the Benedum Center, 237 7th St., Cultural District. (C.P.O.)

THE SHOW OF 1000 TOMORROWS (dance) by Peter Kope and Attack Theatre. April 5 – 13.

2) Peter Kope, co-founder and artistic director of Attack Theatre, wants to take you to a World’s Fair––no one exposition in particular––but all that have been and may yet to come. World’s fairs were pivotal in human history for introducing new inventions, new styles, and new creative ways to think about our collective future. And, so, The Show of 1000 Tomorrows, his latest dance creation, is ready for boarding at Attack Theatre’s new performance studio. Said Kope of this fluid production of movement and ideas, “In the dream of tomorrow lies a poignant reminder of today, and the power of reflection, hope, and human connection.” 7:30 p.m. Attack Theatre Studios, 212 45th St.t, Lawrenceville.  (C.P.O.)

3) Chatham Baroque will feature artists Parker Ramsay on harp and harpsichord and Arnie Tanimoto on viola da gamba performing music from 17th and 18th century Europe. In the Court of the King: Music of Bach and Marais, will take place today at Teutonia Männerchor, and tomorrow at Hicks Memorial Chapel. 7:30 p.m. both nights.

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