The Pennsylvania Ballet perform George Balanchine's Serenade and more!

January 26, 2014 It is a program full of world famous choreographers and it is a mix of dances that together promise to enrapture, move, uplift and entertain audiences . The dancers start with George Balanchine's Serenade, his very first ballet after coming to the U.S. - the one that began his legacy as a master choreographer.

"Definitely my favorite work of his," says Pennsylvania Ballet Artistic Director Roy Kaiser, "the musicality of it, the simplicity of it, it's beautiful. It's moving."

The dancers will also perform Jerome Robbins Afternoon of the Faun.

"The curtain goes up and there are two dancers in a ballet studio," says Kaiser, "The audience is the mirror so the dancers are actually playing to a mirror as they would in a ballet studio."

Under the Sun is a work commissioned BY the Pennsylvania Ballet in the 1970s and Kaiser says it was inspired by the mobiles created by sculptor Alexander Calder, "The duet we will be showcasing really has that feeling of almost non-stop slow motion movement throughout space."

The Pennsylvania Ballet is the only company to ever perform the dance. The program concludes with a company premiere of a ballet that's better described as contemporary dance.

"This piece is entitled Petit Mort," says Kaiser, "the music is Mozart, and it's a tour de force."

The Ballet takes the stage at the Academy of Music February 6th through the 9th. For tickets and show times, go to

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