Sunday, October 28, 2018

Day 304-Pittsburgh Ballet 2018-19 Season- Mozart in Motion-Mozart Collides with Classical and Contemporary Ballet- The Best of Both Worlds

“Sechs Tanze” *

The Pittsburgh Ballet Theater kicked off the 2018-19 season with Mozart in Motion, three separate dances  by  contemporary choreographers George Balanchine and Jiří Kylián accompanied by familiar Mozart compositions played by the PBT Orchestra. This is an opportunity to listen to the symphony and enjoy a unique collision of both classical and contemporary ballet, added comedy, wit, and even some fencing! It’s the best of both worlds.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Day 303-Anastasia-PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh-A Visual and Musical Traveling Extravaganza

The new musical Anastasiatells the legend of the Russian princess who was rumored to have survived the revolution. We follow a strong and resilient Anya who finds love during her search for her true identity and family. This  show with ornate costumes and video mapping traveled through pre and post revolutionary Russia to Paris in the 1920’s. Anastasia is a visual and musical extravaganza taking us on a twenty year scenic journey.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Day 302- Tago: Korean Drum II- Pittsburgh International Festival of First-Culturally Diverse Rhythms

As part of the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts,  Tago: Korean Drums II energized the city with its  US  world premiere show of  traditional Korean drums with an  infusion of  martial arts and dance. This Festival  invigorates Pittsburgh with never before seen shows from 30 international companies and artists  that represent 20 different countries. Tago means "lighting up the world with beating drums". This  was a show that  bridged two worlds with a night of culturally diverse rhythms.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Day 301 PPT's Pride and Prejudice - Unconventional Version- a "Dramatic Parody" at the O'Rielly Theater

Sisters from right to left, Lydia, Lizzy and Jane*

"Pride and Prejudice" is a classic Jane Austen romantic novel that most of us  read  at some point in our school history. Although written in 1800’s it still remains a popular English novel and  has  been adapted into numerous plays, movies and even a TV series. Pittsburgh Public Theater’s production of Pride and Prejudice by Kate Hamill  is quite unconventional. This version managed to keep a recognizable thread of the iconic story but injected exaggerated humor akin to a Monty Python parody of this classic. If you are expecting the traditional story then you might be disappointed with this “dramatic parody” but if you can keep an open mind, you will get the best of both worlds- superb acting and fast paced zany humor.