BalletX Winter Series 2016 brings Trey McIntyre, Matthew Neenan, and Choreographic Fellow Yin Yue


BalletX, Philadelphia’s Premier Contemporary Ballet and the Resident Dance Company of The Wilma Theater, continues its tradition of world premiere choreography in its 10th Anniversary Season.  Winter Series 2016 (February 10-14) will feature unique works by three distinctive choreographic voices — Trey McIntyre, BalletX co-founder Matthew Neenan, and choreographic fellow Yin Yue.

Winter Series features world-premiere choreography by renowned choreographer Trey McIntyre. He has created nearly 100 world premiere ballets for leading dance companies around the globe, including American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, and Moscow Ballet Theatre, to name a few. Hailed by critics and audiences as “an excellent craftsman [with a] refreshing openness in his works” (The New York Times), he has created a recognizable style of movement, and a body of work that has reached out across boundaries. While Winter Series marks McIntyre’s first collaboration with BalletX, he has history with founders Christine Cox and Matthew Neenan, as well as Associate Artistic Director Tara Keating. As Ms. Cox explains, “I am thrilled to have Trey join the roster of choreographers for our 10th anniversary season. Years ago he choreographed on Matthew, Tara and myself when we danced at the Pennsylvania Ballet and it is wonderful to be able to invite him to make a work on our dancers”. This world premiere will explore the mindset of highly creative artists, and how they balance between fearlessness and fragility, boldness and insecurity. The choreography will be set to the voice of Amy Winehouse, who lived and died somewhere between greatness and powerlessness, exposure and self-effacement. The piece will also feature costumes by Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung.

BalletX Co-Founder Matthew Neenan’s choreography, which the The New York Times calls full of “suspense, vitality, comedy, freedom”, captures the BalletX dancers’ idiosyncratic personalities in new and unusual ways. Called “one of the most appealing and singular choreographic voices in ballet today” by writer Alastair Macaulay, Neenan’s work has been featured and performed by the Pennsylvania Ballet (totaling 13 commissions), The Washington Ballet, Colorado Ballet, and Milwaukee Ballet, among others. Show Me, first premiered at Vail International Dance Festival, has expanded to include two new movements. “This piece has a very light, innocent and slightly other worldly feel to it,” says Neenan, and will feature a variety of duets; some romantic, some not. This otherworldly experience will come to life with the music of string quintet Brooklyn Rider, pulling from the contemporary country western style of the 2013 album The Brooklyn Rider Almanac, costumes by Christine Darch, and lighting design by Opera Philadelphia’s Drew Billiau.

Finally, Winter Series will include a special partnership between Trey McIntyre and Choreographic Fellow, Yin Yue. BalletX launched its Choreographic Fellowship program this year, funded by the Wyncote Foundation, to provide a talented, emerging choreographer the opportunity to create new work under the mentorship of a world-renowned choreographer – Trey McIntyre. Yue, a New York-based dancer and choreographer, impressed the panel of judges, which included former principal dancer of the NYCB Wendy Whelan, and Martin Wechsler of The Joyce Theater, Matthew Neenan, Tara Keating and Trey McIntyre. Under McIntyre’s mentorship, she plans to artfully incorporate elements of FoCo Technique, which she describes as “a specific way of moving influenced by Chinese classical dance as well as folk dance especially Mongolian and Tibetan dance elements”. The work, she explains, will be “an emotion exploration” of the temporality and exquisite beauty of human life.

Winter Series 2016 Performance Dates/Times:

Wednesday, February 10, 8:00PM, Conversations with the Artists at 7PM
Thursday, February 11, 8:00PM, immediately followed by Q&A with TreyMcIntyre
Friday, February 12, 8:00PM
Saturday, February 13, 2:00PM, followed byThe X-Process, at 4:30PM ($5)
Saturday, February 13, 8:00PM
Sunday, February 14, 2:00PM
Sunday, February 14, 7:00PM

For Tickets & More information: http://balletx.org/winterseries.html

Winter Series 2016 will see the continuation of The X-Process, an audience engagement initiative that began in 2013. During each performance series, The X-Process features a Q&A event (Conversations with the Artists) on opening night, a Q&A with choreographer Trey McIntyre following Thursday evening’s performance, and an interactive discussion (The X Process) on Saturday afternoon. During Winter Series 2016, audience members will have the chance to interact with the choreographers and designers, with help from moderator Lisa Kraus, an acclaimed Philadelphia-based dance writer.

About BalletX: BalletX unites world-class choreographers with an outstanding company of professional dancers to forge new works of athleticism, emotion, and grace. Founded in 2005 by Christine Cox and Matthew Neenan and now under the direction of Cox as Artistic & Executive Director, 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.

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