November 7, 2013 - May 26, 2014
Ballet is considered one of the premier ballet companies in the United States.
Founded in 1963 by Barbara Weisberger, a protégé of the legendary choreographer
George Balanchine, she “dreamed of a ballet company in Philadelphia.”
Weisberger remained the artistic director for 20 years. Under her tutelage the
company “became a major force in the world of dance” and had developed a
well-earned reputation for its “classical repertoire with a Balanchine
left the company, several Artistic Directors followed including Robert Weiss (1982
-1990), Christopher d’Amboise (1990-1994) and the current Artistic Director Roy
Kaiser, appointed in 1995. Kaiser is the ballet’s first Artistic Director who
has spent much of his career with the Pennsylvania Ballet. He began as an
Apprentice dancer, then Soloist, Principal dancer, Ballet Master, Associate
Artistic Director, and for the past 20 years, the company’s Artistic Director.
Today, under the direction
of Kaiser, the Pennsylvania Ballet has expanded its repertoire to include
classical, contemporary, and innovative new performances. The company continues
to present Balanchine’s masterworks, while offering a variety of dance genres
by renowned choreographers such as Agnes de Mille, Twyla Tharp, and Christopher
Wheeldon. Kaiser has also developed a world-class ballet with incredibly
talented dancers including its Principals – Amy Aldridge, Julie Diana, Lauren Fadeley,
Zachary Hench, Ian Hussey, Jermel Johnson, Brooke Moore, and Francis Veyette;
Soloists – James Ihde, Evelyn Kocak, Jong Suk Park, and Gabriella Yudenich; as
well as 21 dancers of the Corps de Ballet.
On behalf of
Philadelphia International Airport, happy 50th anniversary!