PA Ballet: A 50th Finale

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It’s hard to believe the golden anniversary of PA Ballet, Philadelphia’s biggest and most serious ballet company, is upon us, and they’re attempting to go out with a refined, frenetically-charged bang. A 50th Finale: The Ultimate Celebration has been culled together to represent what the company is capable of: abstraction, tender romanticism, intimacy, moody architectural tension. With a stunning four-piece grand finale, artistic director Roy Kaiser’s mission to highlight the diversity of talent within his ranks is on wondrous display.

The night promises a memorable mix of edge and mystique. William Forsythe’s “In the middle, somewhat elevated” is set to Thom Willems, an electro soundscape creator whose angular compositions will juxtapose classical ballet in unexpected ways. Jerome Robbins’ “In the Night” will stage three couples in extended variations on the classic pas de deux, balancing, as they’ve phrased it: “tender and young, mature and balanced, and passionately fiery.” PA Ballet is always good for a understated and sexy exploration of couples, love, conflict and, often, resolution.

The company’s own Matthew Neenan is responsible for two more pieces—one that’s fresh and one that’s a favorite. The latter, “Penumbra,” was created in 2008 for only five dancers, and it’s executed to Alberto Ginastera’s cello and piano work that’ll radiate sadness, melancholy and visceral blues. But “La Chasse” is what PA Ballet subscribers are undoubtedly awaiting with the most anticipation. French for “the hunt,” it’s set to Schubert and seeks to bring to life a 1911 painting depicting capture and escape by Albert Gleizes. The work is a duet that will feature principal dancer Lauren Fadeley and wildly talented company member Alexander Peters. Peters captured hearts and breaths in May’s Director’s Choice and seems to be increasingly employed to great effect by Kaiser and his team.

This program also marks the finale of company member Jonathan Stiles, whose appearance in “Penumbra” on Sunday will mark his last with his second family of 15 years. Bravo, sir. Bravo! // BILL CHENEVERT

Thurs., June 12 through Sun., June 15. $25-$125. Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St. 215.893.1999. kimmelcenter.org
 

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WHEN
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Recurring: ONCE Sunday, June 15, 2014
Recurring: ONCE

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250 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA
One time only on 06/15/2014. .

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Merriam Theater

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