The talks come just six months before the contract is due to expire. A spokesperson said that the PBT was seeking to reduce costs for the remainder of the season, which includes productions of Sleeping Beauty in February, A Tribute to Paul Simon in March, and Madame Butterfly in April.
According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, fundraising, subscriptions for the 2005-06 season, and ticket sales for the company's holiday performances of The Nutcracker have fallen short of expectations.
Musicians agreed to pay cuts of 10 percent and 5 percent in September 2001 and October 2003, respectively. The ballet company was facing budget deficits on both occasions.