Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre lineup includes 'Giselle,' 'Moulin Rouge'

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A dance company's season lineup is like a good recipe. It's got to be just the right blend of tried and true favorites, something sweet and something spicy with a dash of surprise.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre's 2012-13 offering will treat audiences to a little whimsy and fantasy, passion and heartache and the ooo-la-la of turn-of-the-century Paris.

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PBT 2012-13 season

Performances held at Benedum Center, unless noted.

• "Giselle," with orchestra, Oct. 26-28.

• "The Nutcracker," Dec. 7-30.

• "Moulin Rouge -- The Ballet," Feb. 14-17, 2013.

• "Unspoken," August Wilson Center, March 8-17, 2013.

• "Cinderella," with orchestra, April 19-21, 2013.

The 43rd season will open in October at the Benedum Center, Downtown, with the company's first staging in almost a decade of "Giselle." Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot's choreography set to live orchestral music by 19th-century French composer Adolphe Adam portrays the tale of a peasant girl and a nobleman's romance -- and its aftermath of betrayal, revenge and reconciliation.

"That's probably one of my favorite ballets," said artistic director Terrence Orr, who has received requests to mount the show again.

Seduction and sorrow will give way to sugar plums and season's greetings when dancers perform for the 11th year Mr. Orr's Pittsburgh-flavored "Nutcracker," which includes references to local landmarks such as the F.W. McKee residence in Shadyside and the Kaufmann's (now Macy's) clock and salutes to well-known regional surnames such as Kaufmann and Heinz.

The company will kick off the new year with its first time dancing "Moulin Rouge -- The Ballet" by Jorden Morris, the Canadian choreographer also behind the rendition of "Peter Pan" that opened PBT's 2011-12 season.

"It has wonderful sets and costumes and has that whole mystique of Paris and Moulin Rouge, so I'm looking forward to a new story ballet for us," Mr. Orr said.

PBT will collaborate with the renowned cabaret and has been permitted to use the trademarked name for the ballet.

In March, PBT will head to the August Wilson Center, Downtown, for "Unspoken," a production of pieces by iconic 20th-century choreographers George Balanchine, Antony Tudor and Mark Morris. The mixed repertory program will mark the second consecutive year PBT will dance at the August Wilson Center during its mainstage season as part of the two arts organizations' multi-year partnership established in 2011.

To round out the season, the company will resurrect at the Benedum Septime Webre's "Cinderella" with the orchestra for the first time since 2009.

Single tickets will be available in September. Season subscriptions can be purchased at 412-454-9107 or www.pbt.org.

Sara Bauknecht: sbauknecht@post-gazette.com .


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