When Barbara Weisberger founded Pennsylvania Ballet in 1963, it was her dream, fostered and encouraged by the great George Balanchine, to not only bring the best in dance to Pennsylvania but to find local talent and develop those artists into world-class performers.
Her dream was not only realized, but fulfilled time and again over many decades as the company thrived, first under her astute direction and later with a number of esteemed directors, including Benjamin Harkarvy, who had worked extensively throughout Europe, Robert Weiss and Christopher d’Amboise, both of whom danced under Mr. Balanchine at New York City Ballet, and Roy Kaiser, who had been a successful dancer with Pennsylvania Ballet before taking the reins as artistic director for nearly 20 years.
With Angel Corella’s appointment as the new artistic director in 2014, the company moved into its next, exciting stage of development. Mr. Corella’s experience and accomplishments, both as a dancer and director of his own company in Spain, have helped Pennsylvania Ballet embody the increasingly diverse and broadening landscape of dance. This evolution is best reflected in the extraordinary breadth of works being performed by the company as well as the increased interest from dancers around the world seeking to join our ranks.
Note: The above descriptive information came from the organization's Our Story page.
In The News
- Matchmaking In The Northeast, Philadelphia Citizen, November 2, 2017.