PA BALLET DANCERS FEATURED IN THE 19TH PHILADELPHIA FILM FESTIVAL OPENER BLACK SWAN Fourteen Pennsylvania Ballet dancers traveled to SUNY Purchase this past January to film director Darren Aronofsky’s BLACK SWAN, one of the most talked-about works of the Venice, Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals. The Natalie Portman starrer will mark its Philadelphia debut on opening night of the 19th Philadelphia Film Festival on Thursday, October 14 at 8:00pm at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Each of the 14 featured dancers will be in attendance.

Pennsylvania Ballet Dancers featured in BLACK SWAN

  • Abigail Mentzer
  • Adrianna de Svastich
  • André Vytoptov
  • Barette Vance
  • Holly Lynn Fusco
  • Ian Hussey
  • Kaia Annika Tack
  • Laura Bowman
  • Lauren Fadeley
  • Lillian DiPiazza
  • Megan Dickinson
  • Rachel Jambois
  • Ryoko Sadoshima
  • Sergio Torrado

The dancers shot various ballet studio and performance scenes choreographed by Benjamin Millepied. Founded in 1963 by Balanchine student and protégée Barbara Weisberger, Pennsylvania Ballet is one of the nation’s leading ballet companies. To uphold the integrity of the ballet world they were crafting on film, BLACK SWAN’s creators searched for a troupe of dancers that could tell their story with the grace and fervor Pennsylvania Ballet embodies. The 19th Philadelphia Film Festival will take place from October 14-24 showcasing over 100 new films from around the world on 8 different screens throughout the Philadelphia area. For more information regarding dates, times, locations and ticketing information, please visit or call 215-253-3599. About Philadelphia Film Society The Philadelphia Film Society is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit arts organization that values film as a unique form of artistic expression and as a reflection of cultural, social, and economic diversity. It is the mission of the Philadelphia Film Society to promote film as a powerful means for strengthening community education, understanding, and engagement. PFS achieves its mission through various year-round film events, including the annual Philadelphia Film Festival, the Philadelphia Film Festival Spring Preview, and the three screening series, filmadelphiaCLASSICS, filmadelphiaDOCUMENTARY, and filmadelphiaINDEPENDENT, which serve to extend the Philadelphia Film Festival throughout the year.