BalletX presents Nicolo Fonte’s Beautiful Decay

by Bill Hebert for The Dance Journal

BalletX kicks off its 12th season with the return of Nicolo Fonte’s 2013 masterpiece, Beautiful Decay. Inspired by a series of Mark Golebiowski’s 3-D photographs of decomposing flowers, Beautiful Decay intertwines the company’s ten dancers with guest senior artists to take audiences on an intimate journey exploring the aging process and evolving definitions of beauty. Hailed by The Dance Journal as “explosive, athletic dance,” and a “sophisticated meditation on the passing of time,” the work features original sets designed by Mimi Lien (Tony Award Winner, 2015 MacArthur Fellow) and music selections from Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, Max Richter, and Ólafur Arnalds. Fonte has won critical acclaim for his ballets created on companies around the world, including Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, Finnish National Ballet, and Dutch National Ballet, among many others.

FEATURING guest artists Brigitta Herrmann and Manfred Fischbeck (11/29 at 8pm, 12/2 at 2pm, 12/7 at 8pm, 12/8 at 8pm, 12/9 at 8pm); Brenda Dixon Gottschild and Hellmut Gottschild (11/30 at 8pm, 12/1 at 8pm, 12/2 at 8pm, 12/3 at 2pm, 12/6 at 8pm, 12/9 at 2pm, 12/10 at 2pm).

Gary W. Jeter II


Chloe Perkes


Hellmut Gottschild, Brenda Dixon Gottschild, Chloe Perkes and Gary W. Jeter II


Skyler Lubin, Zachary Kapeluck, Roderick Phifer, Gary W. Jeter II and Daniel Mayo


Hellmut Gottschild and Gary W. Jeter II


Andie Yorita, Skyler Lubin, Daniel Mayo, Roderick Phifer, Zachary Kapeluck and Caili Quan

About Bill Hebert

Bill Hebert (pronounced AY-BEAR), has been photographing performances in Philadelphia and New York for almost 8 years now primarily capturing dance. He has worked such local artists as Montazh, Rennie Harris Puremovement (RHPM), Headlong Dance Theater, BalletX, Winged Woman Dance/Tina Heuges, Nichole Canuso Dance Company and Group Motion among many others in Philadelphia. NY based and touring companies Bill has had the pleasure of working with include: Paul Taylor, Limon Dance, Parsons Dance, Doug Varone and Dancers, Merce Cunningham, RubberbandDance Group, Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal, River North Chicago Dance and Pilobolus. Bill has also had the pleasure of participating in three photography workshops with renowned dance photographer Lois Greenfield. Bill’s philosophy and mission is to “Capture the Essence of the Moment” and give the work a life beyond the stage. Bill Hebert is currently a photographer for The University of Pennsylvania’s Dance Celebration series, was one of the photographers for both the 2008 & 2009 Live Arts and Philly Fringe Festival, Choreographic Sketches in NY, 2010 IABD Conference and proud to be a part of the team for the “By Local” series in Philadelphia which will give local artists a chance to tell their story while doing what they love which is to entertain and enlighten others.

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