The world premiere of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s new production of The Great Gatsby took place this weekend at The Benedum Center.
Being able to watch the time-tested story of The Great Gatsby in ballet form is a unique experience. The choreography incorporates a lot of symbolism, beauty, and even humor into the familiar narrative. It’s a story of love and loss that translates clearly due to the precise choreography from Jorden Morris. Morris was behind the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s productions of Peter Pan and Moulin Rouge – The Ballet.
Taking you back in time to the Roaring Twenties, the dancers’ flapper dresses are stylish, sparkling, and straight out of The Great Gatsby. After watching a few parties at Gatsby’s mansion, you’ll be planning your next 1920’s soiree, or perhaps a trip to the Speakeasy at the Omni William Penn hotel.
The production features an original score, composed by Carl Davis. The PBT Orchestra brings the score to life with sounds of American jazz and some songs reminiscent of Moulin Rouge’s El Tango de Roxanne.
If, like me, you haven’t read The Great Gatsby in several years, it’s worth reading a recap of the story before you attend. Being familiar with the characters and storyline will help you follow along. The playbill includes a synopsis that outlines the plot in both acts — highly recommend this read! Get there early to take a look before the show starts.
This new production marks the year of The Pittsburgh Ballet Threatre’s golden anniversary. The organization is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019.
If you weren’t able to make it opening weekend, don’t worry. Tickets are still available for a romantic date night around Valentine’s Day, or a classy night out with friends. The Pittsburgh Ballet’s production of The Great Gatsby is taking place from February 8-17, 2019.This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.