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BalletX presents Beautiful Decay, an evening-length World Premiere Ballet by Choreographer Nicolo Fonte


BalletX, Philadelphia’s Premier Contemporary Ballet, concludes its 2012-2013 Season with the company’s first evening-length ballet by a guest choreographer, Beautiful Decay by the acclaimed Nicolo Fonte. With sets by Obie-Award winning designer Mimi Lien, lighting design by Drew Biliau, costumes by Martha Chamberlain, and music selections including Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Beautiful Decay explores the connection between memory and the physical transformation of growing older. Performances run July 10-14 at The Wilma Theater on the Avenue of the Arts.

Nicolo Fonte is known in the international dance community for his daring and original approach to choreography. He was a former dancer with Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal, and Nacho Duato’s Compania Nacional de Danza in Madrid, and has choreographed works for many companies including the Dutch National Ballet, The Australian Ballet, The Göteborg Ballet, The Finnish National Ballet, and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. He received a Choo San Goh Award for Almost Tango, a 2002 collaboration with Pacific Northwest Ballet, of which the Seattle Post-Intelligencer called Fonte “a thinker, an architect who creates the new rather than reinventing the old. He is a master of manipulating space and creating relationships.”

Nicolo has abstractly explored in his choreography the theme of time passing and how our body and mind change as we grow older. When Christine Cox Co-Artistic and Executive Director of BalletX approach him to choreograph a new work on the company he presented the idea of creating Beautiful Decay an evening length work.

About Nicolo’s work with the company, “My dance, Beautiful Decay, will explore the physical transformation from the precision of contemporary ballet to how the body and its ability continue to express itself as the dancer ages. What I would like to show on stage is the power one retains even when one’s prowess is diminished and the significance of that in the broader cultural and societal landscapes.”  Cox says, “He wanted to explore the passage of time more literally by inviting more senior dancers to join our company on stage. I was fascinated at the concept and believed that Nicolo was the choreographer who could skillfully address this topic”.

Beautiful Decay will mark BalletX’s first time collaborating with Obie Award-Winning set designer Mimi Lien who has created work for many Philadelphia arts organizations including The Wilma Theater, The Kimmel Center, Pennsyvania Ballet and Pig Iron Theater Company. Group Motion Dance founding directors, Brigitta Herrmann and Manfred Fishback will dance alongside the BalletX company and bring their wealth of experience to our stage. Nicolo Fonte remarks, “BalletX is the perfect company to explore these ideas and make this dance come to life since its primary reason for being is thinking outside of the box and a commitment to newness and advancing the art form of choreography.

BalletX Summer Series
Wednesday, July 10, 8:00 PM, Opening Night, with pre-performance Q&A at 7:15
Thursday, July 11, 8:00 PM
Friday, July 12, 8:00 PM
Saturday, July 13, 2:00 PM, with pre-performance Q&A at 1:15
Saturday, July 13, 8:00 PM
Sunday, July 14, 2:00 PM

Special Events
During Summer Series 2013, BalletX will present two pre-performance conversations with the artistic directors and guest choreographers, providing patrons with the unique opportunity to engage in dialogue about the creation process followed by a Q&A.

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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