Pennsylvania Ballet


The Pennsylvania Ballet hosts The 53rd Season Black Tie Gala This Year’s Theme Princesses & Pirates Gala

The Princesses & Pirates Gala black-tie event celebrated the start of Pennsylvania Ballet’s 53rd Season at the elegant Union League of Philadelphia.

 Princesses & Pirates Gala black-tie event will celebrate the start of Pennsylvania Ballet's 53rd Season at the elegant Union League of Philadelphia, and it's the only opportunity of the year to hit the dance floor with members of the Company!

The gala theme is inspired by two of the full-length ballets scheduled for the upcoming season- the most enduring fairytale of all-time, Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella, and Artistic Director Angel Corella’s take on the highly popular, pirate-themed Le Corsaire

10-11-2016-12-23-37-am First up starting on Thursday is Cinderella by Ben Stevenson, music by Sergei Prokofiev October 13, 2016 to October 23, 2016 Academy of Music


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Angel Corella (l) with Gala vice-chairs Brad Richards and David Schellenberg


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Josh, Nicholas, Max, Ryan & Nikki Memmelaar


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Ian Bailey and Karen Cutler


Charles Askegard, ballet master at Pennsylvania Ballet., Young Friends Chair Alexandra Noll, David Gray, Executive Director at Pennsylvania Ballet and his wife Kyra Nichols


Keith Straw, Louise & Allen Reed


Kristin & David Touchstone, the always stylish Rick & Flo Celender

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The Lincoln Room was decorated beautifully


Stop by October 13th-23rd as the Pennsylvania Ballet kicks off the Season with Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella!


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The black-tie evening was an elegant affair with a cocktail party, a lively auction where bottles of spirits were won, and after dinner guests danced to the sounds of the Renaissance Orchestra



Sean Edwards and Eric Allen look on as Kelly Edwards bids on an auction item

Sean Edwards and Eric Allen Smith look on as Kelly Edwards was bidding on an exclusive vacation weekend.



Thanks to Andre Flewellen for shooting the Ballet Gala for Philly Chit Chat. I was shooting the Oktoberfest. More photos will appear in Philly Style Magazine and Liberty City Press next week.



Swan Lake – Luncheon, Dress Rehearsal – Sledding on the Art Museum Steps A Snow Story

Yesterday we finally got the significant snow storm that had been predicted a handful of times this winter but never materialized.

Although the storm closed schools and the mayor enacted the emergency snow route, which really cut down on the traffic in Center City, there were some people out and about doing business as usual.

I headed to Estia the delicious Greek restaurant located on Locust Street across from the Academy of Music. Thursday was the Swan Lake Luncheon and Dress Rehearsal.
The luncheon was lovely, and it was nice to see many ballet fans make it to the event. The luncheons are open to the general public for a low ticket price. They include a ballet talk, as well as a ticket to see the dress rehearsal. The dress rehearsal is a neat experience, as often the Angel and others are still advising the dancers as well as working with the orchestra artistically.
 For those who didn’t live in Center City they took public transportation without too many delays.
The Pennsylvania Ballet has promoted David Gray to executive director.  Gray was chosen due to his leadership style and experience in ballet, nonprofit and financial communities, the Philadelphia-based organization’s Board of Trustees announced Thursday. (source)
  Dr. Laura Katz Rizzo is the Program Director of the Bachelor of Fine Arts Program in Dance and an Assistant Professor of Dance at Temple University and

author of “Dancing the Fairy Tale.” She spoke of the history of Philadelphia Ballet, which is covered in the book.

Ángel Corolla, Pa Ballet Artistic Director and ballet patron Jane Al Mashat @estia before dress rehearsal of Swan Lake. 

Usually for the dress rehearsal the auditorium is full of students, but the snow storm quashed that today. The rehearsal started promptly at 1PM and was very enjoyable.
In commissioning this work especially for its 40th Anniversary Season, Pennsylvania Ballet’s goal
was to create a signature version of Swan Lake that would achieve popular and critical success,
attract traditional ballet fans as well as new audience members, and build a lasting legacy in the
dance world to be enjoyed by generations to come. (PS my regular camera broke last week and I am shooting with my back up camera, the Nikon D7000. I think the photos of the ballet this month are so much better than the D610)
Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon (after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov)
Music: Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky
Costumes: Jean-Marc Puissant
Sets: Adrianne Lobel
Lighting: Natasha Katz
Running Time: Approximately 2:40 (four acts with two intermissions)

Pennsylvania Ballet History:
This is the largest and most expensive production ever created by the Company, but it is not its
first Swan Lake. Pennsylvania Ballet has performed several full-length versions of Swan Lake
(with choreography after Petipa/Ivanov) during its history. The Company also performed
George Balanchine’s Swan Lake, Act II in 1994 and 1998.

The Company made its international debut with Christopher Wheeldon’s Swan Lake in August
2005 at the Edinburgh International Festival. The production had its world premiere at the Academy of Music in June 2004 and was performed by the Company in October 2005 and March 2011. Pennsylvania Ballet dancers performed in the feature film Black Swan, released in December 2010.

Pennsylvania Ballet brings the world’s most renowned ballet,
Swan Lake, to the Academy of Music stage, March 5-8 and 14-15, presented by Bank of America. In
addition, Zachary Hench, Principal Dancer, will also celebrate his formal retirement from Pennsylvania Ballet at the afternoon performance on March 8th.
The re-envisioning of Christopher Wheeldon’s Swan Lake has been supported by The Pew Center for   Arts & Heritage.  Pennsylvania Ballet’s season sponsors include DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, The Sporting Club at the   Bellevue, and US Airways.   Pennsylvania Ballet receives support from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts – a state agency funded   by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency – and   The Philadelphia Cultural Fund.   Groups of 10 or more get discounts and great seats! Ask about special talks with staff and dancers and   dining options near the theater for your group. For tickets and more information, 
contact Group Sales   Manager Arajua Backman at 215.587.6921 or abackman@paballet.org.
 Swan Lake
DATES: March 5-15, 2015

VENUE: Academy of Music

TICKETS: $30 – $125, 215.893.1999 or paballet.org

After the show I headed home to see if folks were sledding on the Art Museum Steps
Snowy #Selfie

Parc is gearing up for spring, which is only 3 weeks away. Can’t wait.
Rittenhouse Square is always breathtaking.

A video posted by Adam Wallacavage (@adam_wallacavage) on Mar 5, 2015 at 5:41pm PST

I never made it to the art museum steps I was so cold, but I found this on the internet and thought what a hoot. As I usually say you need a good 6 – 8 inches of snow for a good ride on the steps. It seemed a little sparse, but it didn’t stop these folks.