In PBT’s 43-year history, the company has traversed the country, touring throughout our state and region and as far as Hollywood, California and San Antonio, Texas.
This year, we’ve reached a place in the company’s growth where we’re not just ready to take this show on the road…we’re ready to take it overseas. Nearly 20 years ago, PBT did just that on tour to Taiwan in 1994. Now in 2012, the 25th Anniversary of the Karmiel Dance Festival offered a unique opportunity to again bring our Pittsburgh brand of ballet to international audiences during an eight-day tour starting Aug. 4.
As Pittsburghers, we naturally take a lot of pride in our hometown. Located thousands of miles and an ocean away, Karmiel is just an extension of the family. Karmiel and the Misgav region are Pittsburgh’s Israeli sister communities through the Partnership2Gether program, a project of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and the Jewish Agency for Israel. The project is geared toward building people-to-people connections between Israeli and global Jewish communities.
So, on tour this summer, we find it a great privilege to further that relationship by representing our city’s thriving arts community abroad. In addition to an Aug. 8, performance at the Karmiel Dance Festival, which hosts more than 5,000 dancers and 300,000 guests, PBT will be performing on August 9, in Rishon LeZion, another regional destination.
PBT’s Israel performances will represent an eclectic mix of classical and contemporary choreography created by three modern masters, who have been instrumental in shaping the face of American ballet. George Balanchine’s Sylvia Pas de Deux, Mark Morris’ Maelstrom and Dwight Rhoden’s Step Touch are all on the lineup.
We think this will be an invaluable experience for our own artists to experience different cultures and perform in front of new audiences. While abroad, we’d also like to stay connected with our Pittsburgh friends by linking you in to the tour – and your sister community. We hope you’ll follow our journey!