BalletX, Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet, kicks off its 2018-19 season with Fall Series 2018 at The Wilma Theater, featuring 12 performances, Nov. 28 – Dec. 9. The company, led by Artistic & Executive Director Christine Cox, will perform three world premieres by international choreographers Marguerite Donlon, Wubkje Kuindersma, and Cayetano Soto. Mark Stanley of the New York City Ballet returns as lighting designer of the Fall Series, with costumes by Christine Darch, Mark Eric and Stephen Smith, and original music by Dirk Haubrich.
“I am thrilled by the international spirit of our Fall Series. We are welcoming choreographers from three countries,” says Cox. “I think it’s an especially important time to remember world unity, and I look forward to the diverse choreographic voices and worldviews of our visiting artists this fall.”
Marguerite Donlon’s World Premiere tells the true-life story of her grand-aunt, Katherine Gilnagh, who at the age of sixteen escaped on the Titanic’s last lifeboat. Featuring a recording of Gilnagh’s firsthand account interwoven into an original music by Dirk Haubrich, the piece is part of a larger narrative about emigration and the will to live. Donlon is an Irish-born choreographer based in Berlin. She danced professionally before serving as the ballet director of Donlon Dance Company at Saarländisches Staatstheater from 2001-2013. As a choreographer, she’s created on dance companies worldwide, including the Stuttgart Ballet, Berlin Ballet, and Bolshoi Ballet.
Wubkje Kuindersma’s World Premiere Yonder contemplates the hopes and dreams we associate with the horizon, and the bodies of water and land that can thwart or facilitate our journeys. Hailing from the Netherlands – a country nearly a third below sea level – Kuindersma is uniquely positioned to share her meditation on natural phenomena and destiny. She had a successful career as a dancer with several prestigious companies before pursuing choreography in 2009. Since then Kuindersma has been called a “new name to watch” and recognized for creating dance that expresses “intimacy with a light touch” (Financial Times). Her work has appeared on a number of companies, including Dantzaz, Danish Dance Theatre, and Dutch National Ballet. Yonder marks Kuindersma’s first World Premiere in the United States.
Cayetano Soto won over BalletX audiences in recent years with his ballets Malasangre and Schachmatt. He returns for his first World Premiere on the company with Napoleon, Napoleon; a work that explores imperialism through the lens of satire and his signature style, “bursting with inventive choreography and physical comic magic” (Huffington Post). Soto is a Barcelona- based choreographer whose work has been performed on companies around the world, including Royal Ballet of Flanders, Balé da Cidade de São Paulo, and Companhia Nacional de Bailado. His ballet ADASTRA was recently featured in a six- episode documentary broadcast on Arte 1 Brazil, and nominated for Best Dance Performance of the Year by the São Paulo press. In 2017, he served as mentor to BalletX’s Choreographic Fellow Tommie-Waheed Evans.
The 12-performance Fall Series also invites audiences deeper into the world of contemporary ballet through Conversations with the Artists, an X-Process opening night pre-show panel with the choreographers. On Dec. 6, BalletX will host Young Xers Night, a pre-show cocktail reception and after-party for young dance lovers and professionals.
BalletX Fall Series
The Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Wednesday, Nov. 28, 8pm with Pre-Show Q&A with Artistic Collaborators at 7:00PM
Thursday, Nov. 29, 8pm
Friday, Nov. 30, 8pm
Saturday, Dec. 1, 2pm
Saturday, Dec. 1, 8pm
Sunday, Dec. 2, 2pm
Wednesday, Dec. 5, 8pm
Thursday, Dec. 6, 8pm with Young Xers Night at 7:00PM
Friday, Dec. 7, 8pm
Saturday, Dec. 8, 2pm
Saturday, Dec. 8, 8pm
Sunday, Dec. 9, 2pm
Single tickets to Fall Series and subscriptions to BalletX’s 2018- 19 Season are available now online, by phone, and in-person at The Wilma Theater box office.
In-person: 265 S. Broad Street. Phila, PA