Established in 1963, Pennsylvania Ballet has extended its important Balanchine-based repertoire by presenting new works by a variety of contemporary choreographers. In 2012, with Center support, the ballet presented Artifact Suite by William Forsythe, staged by three former Forsythe dancers. This repertory acquisition was accompanied by a symposium with Forsythe, his dramaturge Freya Vass-Rhee, dance writer Jennifer Homans, and project specialist Linda Caruso Haviland. The Forsythe project raised company awareness of the significance of documentation and the development of an archive of research that can continue the life of a particular dance beyond its performance.
French choreographer Roland Petit's Carmen, originally choreographed in 1949 for his company Les Ballets de Paris, was restaged for the Pennsylvania Ballet's 2010–11 season opening. The restaging team of specialists coached the dancers in performance techniques that authentically evoked the character of this historical post-war ballet. Carmen was a benchmark ballet for Petit and the work established him as one of Europe's leading choreographers. Often performed in Europe, Carmen is rarely performed in the United States, which gave Philadelphia audiences a unique opportunity to see a ballet by one of the major voices of European ballet in the second half of the 20th century.