Philadelphia

Pennsylvania Ballet – George Balanchine’s Prodigal Son – Dress Rehearsal

I attended the Pennsylvania Ballet’s George Balanchine’s Prodigal Son dress rehearsal yesterday at the Merriam Theater 250 South Broad Street. The Prodigal Son opened last night and plays through the weekend.

At the rehearsal there were a lot of school children. I love that the kids get exposed to the arts this way, and they were surprisingly attentive and appreciative. During dress rehearsal they performed each piece for 20 – 30 minutes, then there was a break and the kids could get up and stretch.
Tickets for this the show start at $30 and are available online. For students, note that $15 Student Rush tickets are available at the
box office one hour prior to every performance. Seating is subject to
availability, and one ticket can be had per valid student ID.

Witness a moving masterpiece in George Balanchine’s Prodigal Son. Set to an original score by Sergei Prokofiev, Prodigal Son tells
the well-known biblical story through touching dramatic scenes and
soaring acrobatic movement.

Striking and stripped-down, Christopher
Wheeldon’s Polyphonia experiments with traditional ballet,
resulting in inventive steps and duets. With an adventurous choice in
composer György Ligeti, Polyphonia helped solidify Wheeldon’s place in ballet history.

 Heralded by The New York Times as
“one of today’s foremost dance poets,” Choreographer in Residence
Matthew Neenan conceives his 16th commission for the Company to round
out this eclectic program.  (From the Pa Ballet Website)

 Principal Dancer Julie Diana and Soloist James Ihde (wearing white)


In between numbers the dancers sometimes come out into the audience and answer questions for the kids. The Prodigal Son kicked off last night, but you can still see it through the weekend til February 8.
Prodigal Son
When: February 5-8
Where: Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad Street
Cost: $30-$125
More info: www.paballet.org