A Season of Firsts while Embracing Memorable Favorites
Contemporary dance company BalletX is pleased to announce its 2011–2012 Season with an interweaving of new and re-imagined endeavors. This season audiences will be introduced to five innovative World Premieres in addition to several BalletX favorites. Now in its fourth season at The Wilma Theater on the Avenue of the Arts, BalletX will continue to punctuate its season with exclusive collaborations with critically-acclaimed composers, choreographers, and artists. As Philadelphia dance critic Janet Anderson states, “Whether they’re creating their own work or bringing in intriguing experimenters from around the world, the Ballet Xers rarely produce anything that isn’t totally professional and usually excitingly new.” Fall Series 2011 will run November 16 – 20, 2011; Spring Series 2012 will run April 18 – 22, 2012; and Summer Series 2012 will run July 11 – 15, 2012.
About the 2011–2012 Season, Co-Artistic Director Christine Cox remarks, “We are excited to offer a stimulating programme of dance, music, and aesthetic display that represents the highest standard of artistic excellence. We are always inspired by innovation resulting from the unexpected and for the 2011–2012 Season, we continue to pioneer new work with 5 World Premieres by outstanding artists who we feel are changing the landscape of choreography today. Our returning favorites will enhance our series’ variety and we look forward to sharing our distinctive work with our audience.”
BalletX performs at The Wilma Theater at 265 South Broad Street in Philadelphia. For more information and tickets, visit balletx.org or 215.546.7824.
BalletX’s 2011 – 2012 Season will include:
Fall Series 2011; November 16 – 20, 2011
The 2011–2012 Season opens with Fall Series 2011, a sequence of surprising collaborations, intricate movements and exploration of personal perception. Inspired by the personal stories of students who attend Andrew Jackson Public School in Philadelphia, BalletX Co-Artistic Director Matthew Neenan will present a World Premiere Ballet that will unite the students’ cultural heritage and musical preferences into one collective narrative of movement and music. Matthew Neenan’s new ballet is the first installment of the collaborative venture, Inside the Mind of the Composer, with award-winning composer Robert Maggio. The original composition for two cellos will be played live on stage by Pennsylvania Ballet musicians Jennie Lorenzo and Mark Ward with BalletX Company dancers. Layer Cake, a World Premiere by Loni Landon, will entice the imagination of dancers and non-dancers alike as it will express a journey of movement that is in all of us; a journey that takes us from our surface down to our center-self. The series of events unfold, peeling away layer by layer to reveal often surprising results. Landon is a New York City-based freelance choreographer, co-founder of The Playground, and winner of Northwest Dance Project’s “Pretty Creatives.” Lastly, a BalletX original favorite returns this fall. Described by critic Jim Rutter in the Broad Street Review as a “mesmerizing work,” Silt, by Alex Ketley, explores the malleability of personal ideas of oneself. Ketley is a San Francisco-based independent choreographer, Co-Artistic Director of The Foundry, and recipient of the Princess Grace Award for Choreography. Silt, which first premiered by BalletX in 2009, is set to music by Chris Clark, Giovanni Pergolesi and Arvo Pärt.
Spring Series 2012; April 18 – April 22, 2012
The 2011–2012 Season will continue with Spring Series 2012. Audiences can expect two exciting BalletX homecomings and a World Premiere by the internationally recognized choreographer Jodie Gates. Choreographer Edwaard Liang will bring his work Largo back to the BalletX stage. Inspired by the decorative tableaux Progress of Love by French painter Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Largo emulates the paintings’ bucolic composition and conveys the paintings’ pastoral intimacy through a progression of courtship. Liang is a two-time nominee of the Golden Mask Theater Award and winner of the 2006 National Choreographic Competition. Lastly, BalletX is pleased to revisit Matthew Neenan’s popular The Last Glass, inspired by Indie-folk musician Zach Condon and his band Beirut, which delighted critics and audiences alike.
Summer Series 2012; July 11 – 15, 2012
BalletX will close its 2011–2012 Season with two World Premieres during Summer Series 2012. The first premiere is an all-new work by Adam Hougland, Principal Choreographer for The Louisville Ballet for which he created five critically acclaimed original works. In 2009, he was named Resident Choreographer for Cincinnati Ballet. Hougland celebrated his BalletX debut with Rush of Light which premiered during BalletX’s first season at the Wilma Theater. Summer Series 2012 will also feature a World Premiere by 2007 Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship Award recipient, Darrell Grand Moultrie. In October 2010, Moultrie was invited to participate in Sacramento Ballet’s Capital Choreography Competition. His work took home both judges and audience awards. Both Adam Hougland and Darrell Grand Moultrie are graduates of Juilliard’s school of Dance.
Subscription prices start at $22 per show; a 20% discount from single ticket prices. Single tickets start at $30 with discounts available for seniors, students and groups. Subscriptions and tickets are on sale at The Wilma Theater Box Office, 265 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA, 215.546.7824 or at www.balletx.org.
Founded in 2005, BalletX is an innovative and adventurous company that produces sophisticated and striking choreography reflective of the BalletX vision to integrate athleticism, emotion and intimacy into dance. Recognizing the synergistic power of artistic collaboration, BalletX taps into the creativity and passion of a diverse pool of national and international choreographers who produce outcomes that are often surprising and compelling.
***Photos by Alexander Iziliaev