Photo by Rich Sofranko.

Benedum Center for the Performing Arts
February 12 — 21
Various times

Photo by Rich Sofranko.

This month, ballet lovers can take flight across the starry skies of London to the twisted forests of Neverland and the rowdy decks of Captain Hook’s Jolly Roger. Opening on Valentine’s Day weekend, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre‘s (PBT) production of Peter Pan brings a high-flying favorite back to the Benedum stage for just 11 shows. In this rendition of the timeliness tale, PBT artists don’t just dance–they fly.

Photo by Rich Sofranko.

Created by innovative choreographer and dancer Jorden Morris, the adventurous version of Peter Pan—which is one of PBT’s most popular story ballets—features gravity-defying flight sequences, intricate sets and charismatic characters, including one very energetic, fresh take on Tinkerbell. Fans of classic ballet and fairy tales alike will be captivated by the show’s dreamlike settings—all populated by effervescent dancers, prowling crocodiles, forest fairies, epic battles and more.

Helping to bring J.M. Barrie’s iconic story to life are the production’s evocative costumes, sets and score.

Inspired by vintage movies, books and illustrations, designer Anne Armit employs dozens of different costumes to develop the story’s many characters. Be sure to look out for the customized tattoos and garments on every pirate, the bejeweled, exotic crocodile and the distinct fairy wings inspired by real butterfly species.

Drawing from the fantastical art of fairy tale illustrations—and the rich colors of American painter Maxfield Parrish—scenic designers Don Rutley and Andrew Beck will transport audiences to the storied locales of London, Neverland and the Jolly Roger.

Photo by Duane Rieder.

Augmenting the show’s sense of wonder, magic and imagination is a lush Edwardian score featuring works by legendary English composers Sir Benjamin Britten, Eric Coates, Sir Edward Elgar, Ron Roodwin and Montague Phillips.

Overseeing the installation of the show’s impressive flying equipment is Flying by Foy—who have worked with everyone from Mary Martin and Lady Gaga, to Beyoncé and Gene Kelly.

Explore Peter Pan in new ways during PBT’s special public programs, such as Afterthoughts, Insights and pre-show discussions with choreographer Jorden Morris, artistic director Terrence S. Orr and PBT artists.

Have a budding Twyla Tharp or Mikhail Baryshnikov in your clan? Don’t miss PBT’s Family Pointe events, where kids of all ages can explore Peter Pan with artistic director Terrence S. Orr and even try out dance steps from Peter Pan.

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Looking for more events? Read our 10 Pittsburgh events not to miss in February feature.

Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...