Pennsylvania Ballet at 50

Terminal F, ticketed passengers
 
The Pennsylvania 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 backbone.”
 
After Weisberger 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!
 
                                                                           

Former Soloist Abigail Mentzer in Annabelle Lopez      Principal Dancer Jermel Johnson in Square        
Ochoa’s Requiem for a Rose (2010)                                  Dance, choreography by George Balanchine
Photo: Alexander Iziliaev                                                    © The George Balanchine Trust (2013)
                                                                                                 Photo:Alexander Iziliaev