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Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre to perform at Chautauqua Institution

July 25, 2013
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

In a one-night-only performance, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre will perform on tour this summer in the open air amphitheater of the scenic Chautauqua Institution in southwestern New York state on Wednesday, August 21, at 8:15 p.m.

Throughout its summer season, this arts and education community presents an eclectic mix of fine and per-forming arts, prominent speakers, faith-based study and recreational opportunities. As part of the 2013 Summer performance lineup, PBT will present a trio of works featuring the distinct styles of three ballet innovators.

Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes

Mark Morris PBT presents an encore performance of Mark Morris' bright and energetic "Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes" set to 13 playful piano etudes by American composer Virgil Thomson. Described as "undeviating in his devotion to music," Morris' Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes immerses dancers in a joyful exploration of Thomson's unconventional score and an inventive interpretation of classical ballet vocabulary. Original-ly choreographed in 1988 for American Ballet Theatre, PBT gave this work its Pittsburgh premiere in March 2013 at the August Wilson Center.

Jardin Aux Lilas (Lilac Garden)

Antony Tudor's 20th Century masterpiece "Jardin Aux Lilas (Lilac Garden)" paints a poignant portrait of the Edwardian Era through the bittersweet farewell of two lovers and the music of Ernest Chausson's "Poeme for violin and orchestra Opus 28." Despite its brief 18-minutes, "Jardin Aux Lilas" is a true story ballet. Free from mime and extraneous gestures, the story is held solely in the steps as Caroline, on the eve of her marriage to the man she does not love, parts from her lover at a garden reception. The party encapsu-lates the repressed emotion of the characters amid the societal restraints of the Edwardian Era. At the time of its 1936 world premiere, "Jardin Aux Lilas" broke with balletic conventions by placing dancers in collo-quial Edwardian dress and society rather than the fanciful settings of the classical story ballets. Rooted in pure, classical style, Tudor distinguished his choreography with emotional exploration of realistic situations that challenged dancers to project the ballet's meaning through clear intention in each step.

Step Touch - Dwight Rhoden

The worlds of popular American music and ballet converge in "Step Touch," featuring the fast-paced con-temporary choreography of Dwight Rhoden set to a dozen hits of the Doo Wop era, including "Under the Boardwalk," "Up on the Roof" and "This Magic Moment." Rhoden pairs his own distinct movement vocab-ulary with the signature movements of the Doo Wop groups, such as simple patterns danced in unison and that famous "Step Touch."

For more information about visiting Chautauqua Institution and purchasing performance tickets, please visit or call 716-357-6250.


Chautauqua Institution is a community on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York state that comes alive each summer with a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship and programs, and recreational activities. Over the course of nine weeks, more than 100,000 visitors will stay at Chautauqua and participate in programs, classes and community events for all ages - all within the beautiful setting of a historic lakeside village. Find additional information at

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