BalletX, Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet, continues its critically-acclaimed 2018-19 season with a 12-performance run of Spring Series 2019 at The Wilma Theater, March 6-17. The company, led by Artistic & Executive Director Christine Cox, will present the East Coast Premiere of gravity-defying, viral video star Lil Buck’s Express, an East Premiere by movement visionary and Philadelphia favorite Nicolo Fonte, alongside a World Premiere by 2019 Choreographic Fellow Katarzyna Skarpetowska. BalletX welcomes back lighting designer Mark Stanley of New York City Ballet, and costume designers Christine Darch, Mark Eric, and Fritz Masten.
“Spring Series is a great opportunity to see the broad and distinct abilities of our great BalletX dancers. Each of the three choreographers have very different backgrounds and styles, ranging from hip hop to modern dance, and all will take a unique approach to their movement vocabulary on our dancers,” said Christine Cox, Artistic & Executive Director of BalletX.
Lil Buck’s Express
BalletX presents the East Coast Premiere of Lil Buck’s Express, originally co-commissioned by Damian Woetzel for the 2018 Vail Dance Festival. Combining ballet and a style of street dancing performed in sneakers called Memphis jookin, Lil Buck’s Express features music by Jon Batiste of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Lil Buck has collaborated with everyone from Madonna to Cirque du Soleil, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and Yo Yo Ma, including popular commercials for Apple’s iPhone and Lexus cars. He and Miami popping dancer Jon Boogz founded Movement Art Is to promote the positive social impact of dance, and recently toured their first evening-length show, Love Heals All Wounds – a work The New York Times praised for its “cinematic sense of tension, urgency, vitality and grace.”
Nicolo Fonte’s 3rd BalletX Collaboration
Nicolo Fonte returns for his third BalletX collaboration, following the success of his two full-length ballets Beautiful Decay (2013) and Beasts (2015), a work “so good, I wanted to see it again while it was still happening,” wrote Nancy G. Heller for The Philadelphia Inquirer. Fonte’s new ballet features music by Ezio Bosso and Ólafur Arnalds, and will have its World Premiere on BalletX at the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek, CO on February 9, before returning to Philadelphia for the East Coast Premiere. Fonte has created works on such prestigious companies as Dutch National Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flanders, and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, and currently serves as Resident Choreographer with Ballet West and Oregon Ballet Theatre. In tandem with creating his new work, Fonte will mentor BalletX’s 2019 Choreographic Fellow, Katarzyna Skarpetowska.
Meet Katarzyna Skarpetowska
Katarzyna Skarpetowska is BalletX’s 2019 Choreographic Fellow, selected by a panel of dance experts, including Nicolo Fonte. “I loved the overall architecture and the breadth of movement ideas in her work. It seemed fresh without any over the top gimmickry,” said Fonte. Skarpetowska’s World Premiere with BalletX is inspired by Cy Twombly’s 2005 painting Untitled and features music by Vivaldi and Adrian Klumpes. Her choreography has appeared on several companies, including Parsons Dance and Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, where she was also a former dancer. Skarpetowska was named Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2016 and received a Bessie Award nomination in the emerging choreographer category in 2017. Her choreography has been described as “a breath of fresh air” (The Dance Enthusiast).
The BalletX Choreographic Fellowship is generously supported by the Wyncote Foundation. In its fourth year, the Fellowship is an opportunity for emerging artists to expand their experience and further develop their unique voices under the mentorship and guidance of established choreographers.
Performance Dates & Times
Wednesday, March 06, 8:00pm- Pre-Show Q&A with Artistic Collaborators, 7:00pm
Thursday, March 07, 8:00 PM
Friday, March 08, 8:00 PM
Saturday, March 09, 2:00 PM
Saturday, March 09, 8:00 PM
Sunday, March 10, 2:00 PM
Wednesday, March 13, 8:00 PM
Thursday, March 14, 8:00 PM- Young Xers Night, 7:00pm
Friday, March 15, 8:00 PM
Saturday, March 16, 2:00 PM
Saturday, March 16, 8:00 PM
Sunday, March 17, 2:00 PM
Tickets & Subscriptions
In-person: Wilma Theater Box Office, 265 S. Broad Street. Phila, PA
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