World Premiere by Tobin Del Cuore plus works by Neenan and Ochoa open BalletX Season

BalletX launches its 2010/11 Season which opens with a world premiere by choreographer Tobin Del Cuore and two revivals: Still@Life (2008) by Netherlands-based choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, and Frequencies (2001) by award winning Co-Artistic Director Matthew Neenan.  Fall Series 2010 opens November 17-21 (Wednesday-Sunday), at The Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia.

The Fall Series presents Beside Myself by Tobin Del Cuore, a dynamic exploration of consciousness and duality. Chicago-based Del Cuore replaces the earlier announced choreographer Tania Isaac. Equally gifted as dancer, choreographer and filmmaker, Del Cuore debuted with BalletX in July 2010. He received his B.F.A. from The Juilliard School and danced with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, the Lyric Opera of Chicago and Mark Morris Dance Group among others.

Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Still@Life was the final ballet performed in the acclaimed BalletX’s Female Choreographers Project in the Summer 2008. This light, playful piece, “a vibrant fantasyscape” (Philadelphia City Paper), was inspired by still-life paintings and portraits of the Baroque era and is set to music by J. S. Bach and Von Wassenaer.

“It is always an honor when a company revives a piece. I had a lot of fun creating Still@Life with BalletX and also was flabbergasted by the generosity and speed of the dancers,” recalls Lopez Ochoa about her first piece created for a North American dance company.  Lopez Ochoa intends to update the ballet not only to match the new cast of dancers, but also to reflect “my own changed perception of the world, of life, of music and choreography… I will adapt it to my new self, to find the essence of the piece anno 2010.”

Matthew Neenan created Frequencies for Phrenic New Ballet in August 2001. This spiritually driven work is based on the Biblical story of Jacob and is set to a compilation of songs by Will Gregory, Pete M. Wyer, Money Mark and Jump Little Children. “Frequencies has a special place in my heart,” Neenan comments on bringing his ballet back nine years later. “We were all so hungry for expression and freedom in our dancing and it coalesced in this piece.”

Joining the company cast for the Fall Series are dancers: Jaime Lennon of West Chester, PA, principal dancer with Brandywine Ballet, and Justin Flores, a California native who has danced with Smuin Ballets/SF and The Foundry. They will be joined by company dancers: Colby Damon, Tobin Del Cuore, Laura Feig, Jennifer Goodman, Anitra Keegan and Matthew Prescott. Costume design by Martha Chamberlain, lighting design by Drew Billiau.

BalletX Fall Series 2010 – Performance Dates/Times:
Wednesday, November 17 at 8:00 PM, with post-performance Q-and-A session
Thursday, November 18 at 8:00 PM
Friday, November 19 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, November 20 at 2:00 PM, with post-performance Q-and-A session
Saturday, November 20 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, November 21 at 2:00 PM

Tickets: $30, Senior $25, Student $20, on sale at The Wilma Theater Box Office,  265 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, 215-546-7824 or at www.balletx.org.

About BalletX

Founded in 2005, BalletX produces original choreography that expands the vocabulary of classical dance for all audiences. Its goal is to redefine ballet and bring it into the new century.  While firmly rooted in rigorous, classical ballet training and technique, BalletX brings a contemporary sensibility to the art form, infusing its work with a new vision of athleticism, emotion and intimacy.

About Steven Weisz

A Graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with advanced degrees in Psychology and Education is an entrepreneur and CEO for several for-profits and non-profit corporations in the region. He is also an adjunct professor of Psychology with several local Universities.

Steven is currently the CEO of Delaware Valley on Line, one of the first regional Internet Service Provides that now focuses on business-class web hosting, design, and internet marketing. He is president and founder of Rainbow Promotions Inc., a special events and entertainment agency established in the late 70’s, that services corporate and retail accounts both locally and nationally.

Steven is the Founder of PhiladelphiaDANCE.org, the largest web presence and resource for the dance community in the greater Philadelphia region, and the Founder and Editor of The Dance Journal. His involvement in the dance community extends to being Director of Graffito Works, an international platform for dancers and performing artists to create site-specific work and to make it readily accessible to the public.

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