An evening of “Ballet Under the Stars” with PBT

Photo by Rich Sofranko

Photo by Rich Sofranko

Join The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre for the Ballet Under the Stars. Enjoy a summer barbeque under the PBT tent while mingling with the company dancers and artistic staff for cocktails and musical entertainment, then relax under the stars for a series of on-stage performances.

Arrive early for family-friendly fun, including crafts, balloon animals, photo opportunities, ballerina dress-up and dance activities on the lawn. It’s also an early opportunity to claim your spot for the evening performances.

Get the first look at the 2015-2016 company roster in scenes from the ballet La Bayadère. La Bayadère is about the transcendence of love. The performance of this grand-scale classic, features a storyline filled with drama and over 100 memorable characters. Set in the mythical Indian landscape, La Bayadère tells the story of Solor, a noble warrior, and Nikiya, the temple dancer he loves. Ensnared in a love triangle by imperial powers, the couple finds themselves ripped apart by jealousy, intrigue and betrayal. La Bayadère claims fame for its pure classicism, epitomized by the ethereal “The Kingdom of the Shades” scene and the stunning synchronization of the corps de ballet. For more than a century, La Bayadère has entranced audiences with its epic storyline, drama and lavish scale.

“PBT dancers will be performing the exciting Pas D’Action from the grand-scale classical ballet La Bayadère. This scene will highlight some of the production’s most virtuosic dancing between two of the story’s leading characters, the warrior Solor and the Radjah’s daughter, Gamzatti. Audiences can expect soaring leaps, stunning pointe-work and high-caliber classical technique,” said PBT Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre will also present a new, original work by their own principal dancer, Yoshiaki Nakano. A native of Japan, Nakano received his early training at the Elite Ballet Studio in Osaka, Japan where he trained under his mother. He later studied at the San Francisco Ballet School and Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School’s Pre-Professional Graduate Program. In 2010, Yoshiaki won the silver medal at the World Ballet Competition in Orlando, Florida. As a four-year PBT company member, Nakano has performed in the PBT productions such as the virtuosic jester in Septime Webre’s Cinderella, Mark Morris’ Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes, the Prince in PBT’s The Nutcracker, the Peasant Pas de Deux in Giselle and other featured roles both in Pittsburgh and on tour with PBT. Nakano won the gold medal at the Beijing International Ballet Competition in 2013.

Nakano was featured in Dance Magazine’s “Top 25 to Watch.” This is what Terrence S. Orr had to say of Yoshiaki. “Yoshiaki Nakano is an emerging choreographic talent within our own ranks. It will be an exciting challenge for him as an artist – and for the dancers he will be creating with – to originate a new work that is 100% our own. His style blends classical technique with contemporary inventiveness and is sure to result in a high-energy, impactful work for Hartwood audiences.”

Remember to pack a picnic, and grab a blanket for an evening of family fun. Join the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre for the Ballet Under the Stars on August 16 at 5pm at the Middle Road Concert Area in Hartwood Acres. The VIP Picnic Dinner will be held from 5-7 p.m. where the audience will have the opportunity to meet staff and dancers. The main performance will commence at 7:30 p.m.

For ticket information, contact Heather at 412-454-9138 or by email at
Story by Aaron Dalzell for Pennsylvania Bridges


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