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Three World Premieres by diverse choreographers for BalletX’s Spring Series 2013


BalletX, Philadelphia’s Premier Contemporary Ballet, continues its 2012-2013 Season with a showcase of three exciting World Premieres on April 17 – 21, 2013 at The Wilma Theater, where BalletX has enjoyed its honored status as the Resident Dance Company for over five years. Spring Series 2013 will feature a diverse array of artistic talent with World Premieres by Whim W’him Dance Company founder Olivier Wevers, and former BalletX dancers, choreographers and filmmakers Gabrielle Lamb and Tobin Del Cuore.

“We are thrilled to bring these three choreographers to BalletX and see how their collaborations inspire our ten amazing dancers,” Christine Cox, Co-Artistic and Executive Director, says of Spring Series 2013. “What is so special about this series is that each choreographer has made a significant career as a dancer, director, or filmmaker. Their unique perspectives and aesthetics will surely challenge our dancers and audience in a most positive way.”

The first work in Spring Series 2013 is a World Premiere choreographed by Brussels-born dancer, choreographer, and director Olivier Wevers. Wevers is a former principal dancer with the Pacific Northwest Ballet and Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Based in Seattle where he founded and leads the company Whim W’Him, he has won countless awards for his choreography with dance companies in Canada, Japan, and the United States.  About his first appearance with BalletX, Olivier states, “I am thrilled to be creating for BalletX for the first time; I have been given a blank canvas and can’t wait to color it.”

The second World Premiere is by acclaimed American choreographer and dancer Gabrielle Lamb. In her new work, Gabrielle will utilize music by American songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird to create a quirky aesthetic that resonates with vivid colors and distinct personalities onstage. Gabrielle has performed around the world with companies in Helsinki, Montreal, Boston, Cleveland, and New York. In 2011, Gabrielle featured BalletX in her film en dedans, which was screened at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City in 2012.

Spring Series 2013 third debut will feature Tobin Del Cuore’s newest work, No Sleep. Tobin states, “My choreography will exhibit an enigmatic cityscape punctuated by empty streets, shadows, severe angles, and things off in the distance that never quite reach a destination, set to music by Hauschka, Balmorhea, and Nils Frahm.” Tobin, an accomplished dancer, choreographer, filmmaker, and graduate of the Juilliard School, has performed extensively around the world. In 2010, he joined BalletX as a dancer and later choreographed the World Premiere of Beside Myself, which returned to the BalletX stage in summer 2012.

Performance Dates/Times:
Wednesday, April 17, 8:00 PM, Opening Night, with pre-performance Q&A
Thursday, April 18, 8:00 PM
Friday, April 19, 8:00 PM
Saturday, April 20, 2:00 PM, with pre-performance Q&A
Saturday, April 20, 8:00 PM
Sunday, April 21, 2:00 PM

BalletX performances take place at The Wilma Theater, located at Broad & Spruce Streets in Philadelphia, PA.
Tickets available online at http://tinyurl.com/cf9porb

About BalletX
BalletX, Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet company, unites distinguished choreographers with an outstanding company of world-class dancers to forge new works of athleticism, emotion, and grace. The daring vision of its award-winning founders and artistic directors, Christine Cox and Matthew Neenan, BalletX challenges the boundaries of classical ballet by encouraging formal experimentation while preserving rigorous technique. The Company is committed to producing new works of the highest quality and integrity that bring the combined visions of choreographers and dancers to life and cultivate in audiences a collective appetite for bold new dance.

- Steven Weisz

Founder & Editor
While not a dancer himself, Weisz’s love for the arts and dance started as a child growing up in New York City. With parents, who were strong supporters of the arts and part of a community with an incredible array of notable artists in music, dance, theater and fine arts, Weisz’s access and affinity for the performing arts took root. Upon attending college in Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania in the mid 70’s, Weisz started performing as a puppeteer, magician, juggler and fire eater as a means of supplementing his income. This soon grew in to what became Rainbow Promotions Inc., one of the largest entertainment and special events producers in the region. It was here that he began to promote and book dance for major events throughout the city. Many of the dancers he worked with in the early days of his company are now major choreographers in Philadelphia. At the same time, Weisz’s interest in computers and the early developments of what is now known as the Internet, led him to also start another company, Delaware Valley On Line, which became one of the first regional ISPs. It was this combination of event production, internet development and event marketing that led him to examine the use of the internet as a means to promote the arts. Dance continued to be a major interest for Weisz and in 2005 he founded PhiladelphiaDANCE.org as a major online resource to promote dance in the city. It was soon after that the Dance Journal was also founded as a way to provide an outlet for writing on a range of topics that encompass the ever growing and emerging dance community in the region. Weisz continues to run both PhiladelphiaDANCE and The Dance Journal on purely a voluntary basis with no income derived from any of his projects. He is also the Artistic Director of Graffito Works, a unique platform for dancers and performing artists to create site-specific work and to make it readily accessible to the public.

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