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Fall Series November 16-20, 2011
Kate Watson-Wallace

KATE WATSON-WALLACE A choreographer, director, and professional development facilitator, Watson-Wallace co-directs anonymous bodies, with Jaamil Kosoko, an art collective based in Philadelphia. She creates site-based performances that re-imagine our everyday spaces. Watson-Wallace is a 2007 Pew Fellow in the Arts in Choreography, and has received two Map Fund Grants (a program of Creative Capital), a Doris Duke Exploration Grant through Creative Capital, four grants from the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage’s Dance Advance program, as well as funding from The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, The Independence Foundation, and PennPAT.  Kate has choreographed music videos for indie legends: Animal Collective, Black Dice, Dead Skeletons, and currently Spaceship Aloha (ManMan drummer Chris Powell). Filmed versions of her choreography have appeared at Dance Theater Workshop, The National Building Museum, and The PDP Motion Pictures Series. (katewawa.com)

MAURO ASTOLFI

MAURO ASTOLFI has created an original and constantly evolving style and symbolic language from his own personal elaboration of various forms of expressive contemporary movement. After a long stay in America, he established the Spellbound Dance Company in 1994. The company, currently a leader in the international scene, has always combined Astolfi’s personal portfolio with the technical excellence of its dancers to create a high profile model that is strongly focused on the quality of productions.  The works of Spellbound are increasingly in demand in the foreign market and have found success in France, Serbia, Thailand, Spain, Austria, Belarus, USA, Croatia and Germany. As well as being a choreographer,  Astolfi frequently appears as a guest teacher at major dance centres in Tokyo, Paris, London, New York, Zurich, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Los Angeles and numerous establishments in Italy. Since October 2009, he has also been a professor at the modern contemporary department of the D.A.F centre (Dance and Arts Faculty – international dance and performance arts project) in Rome. (mauroastolfi.it)

MATTHEW NEENAN

MATTHEW NEENAN | Originally presented at the 2012 Vail International Dance Festival BalletX Co-Artistic Director, Neenan began his dance training at the Boston Ballet School. From 1994-2007, he danced with the Pennsylvania Ballet where he danced numerous principal roles. In October 2007, he was named Pennsylvania Ballet’s Choreographer in Residence.  Neenan’s choreography has been featured by the Pennsylvania Ballet, BalletX, The                 Washington Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Juilliard Dance, New York City Ballet’s Choreographic Institute, Sacramento Ballet, Nevada Ballet Theatre, Indiana University, Opera Company of Philadelphia, among others. He has received numerous awards and grants for his choreography from the National Endowment of the Arts, Dance Advance funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Choo San Goh Foundation, and the Independence Foundation. In 2006, Matthew received the New York City Ballet’s Choreographic Institute’s Fellowship Initiative Award. In 2008, he received a fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. This marks his fourth time receiving the PCA fellowship. In October 2009, Matthew was the grand-prize winner of Sacramento Ballet’s Capital Choreography Competition and was also the first recipient of the Jerome Robbins NEW Program Fellowship for his work At the border for Pennsylvania Ballet.


SPRING SERIES 2013 April 17-21, 2013
OLIVIER WEVERS

OLIVIER WEVERS Artistic Director of Whim W’Him, Wevers originally hails from Brussels, Belgium. Prior to becoming a Principal Dancer with Seattle’s Pacific Northwest Ballet in 1997, he was a Principal at the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, regularly performing with Evelyn Hart. Olivier retired from PNB in June 2011. His versatility as a dancer and actor accounted for his vast repertory and  also informs his choreography. He performed lead roles in all the major full-length classical ballets, as well as an extensive list of contemporary works by the world’s most noted choreographers. He stands out in roles that require character development and intense emotional color. Olivier          has choreographed works for numerous companies in Canada, Japan, and the United States, including: Pacific Northwest Ballet, Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Spectrum Dance Theater, Seattle Dance Project, and Cornish Dance   Theater. His work has also appeared in many dance festivals, including 2007’s  Prix de Lausanne Gala in Tokyo, PNB’s Laugh Out Loud Festival, White Bird’s 4X4 Ballet Project, Against the Grain/Men in Dance, and Seattle’s Bumbershoot. (whimwhim.org)

TOBIN DEL CUORE

TOBIN DEL CUORE was born and raised in rural Maine where he began dancing at the age of twelve. At sixteen he left home to pursue his ballet training and two years later was accepted to the famed Juilliard School. Upon graduating he was invited to join the artists of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, the world-acclaimed contemporary dance company. While there, Del Cuore worked with many of the world’s most important choreographers, including Lar Lubovitch, Daniel Ezralow, Ohad Naharin, Nacho Duato, Susan Marshall, and Christopher Bruce. (tdcpros.com)

 

 

GABRIELLE LAMB

GABRIELLE LAMB left her Savannah, GA home at fifteen to study at the Boston Ballet School. At sixteen she declined admission to Harvard University in order to search for her artistic home, leading her across the U.S. with stops along the way to dance in the prestigious Boston and Cleveland Ballets.  Lamb spent time in the Czech Republic performing as a soloist on the stage of the Prague State Opera.  Later she settled at the Finnish National Ballet, where she remained for three years as a soloist. Lamb then moved to Montreal where, for 9 years, she was a soloist in Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, working closely with renowned choreographers including, Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin, and Shen Wei.  Lamb finds her greatest fulfillment in the creative process. She was a winner of the 2009 National Choregraphic Competition of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago; her dance films have been presented by Les Grands Ballets, Morphoses, Dance Camera West, the American Dance Festival, and the Dance Films Association of New York.  She currently lives in New York City and performs with Morphoses and Pontus Lidberg Dance. (gabriellelamb.com)


SUMMER SERIES 2013 July 10-14, 2012

NICOLO  FONTE

NICOLO FONTE
BalletX’s first evening-length work by a guest choreographer!
Fonte is known for his daring and original approach to dance. His work has been noted by critics for a unique movement language as well as a highly developed fusion of ideas, dance, and design. He studied at the Joffrey Ballet School in New York, the San Francisco Ballet, and New York City Ballet Schools while completing a Bachelor Degree of Fine Arts at SUNY Purchase. Upon graduation he danced with Peridance in NYC and later joined Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montreal. Fonte subsequently joined Duato’s Compania Nacional de Danza in Madrid for seven years. Since 2000, Fonte has created or staged his ballets for The Dutch National Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, Pacific Northwest ballet, Royal Balletof Flanders, Stuttgart Ballet, The Australian Ballet, The Goteborg Ballet, The Finnish National Ballet, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, The Washington Ballet, Ballett Mainz, Ballett Nurnberg, Ballet West, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and more.  (nicolofonte.com)


Lighting:
Drew Billiau

Drew Billiau

Lighting design credits include Opera Company of Philadelphia's Rape of Lucretia, Fidelio, Falstaf, Porgy and Bess, La Cenerentola, The Marriage of Figaro, Cosi Fan Tutte, Don Carlo, Faust, Die Fledermaus, Macbeth, Don Pasquale ,Turandot and Hansel und Gretel;  Lucidity Suitcase's Red Eye de Havre de Grace, Flamingo Winnebago, The Melting Bridge and El Conquistador (Spain Tour); Cleveland Opera's Faust; Arden Theater's All My Sons, …And Then They Came For Me, Violet, Falsettos and A Year with Frog and Toad; Ballet X's 2 Different, M.O.M and Risk of Flight; Hamlet at the Lantern Theater.

Previous work includes lighting designs for The Pennsylvania Ballet, The Iowa Playwrights Festival, Stagewest, Freedom Theater, Peoples Light & Theater Company and Venture Theater.

Drew is the Lighting Coordinator/Resident Lighting Designer for The Opera Company of Philadelphia, Associate Professor of Lighting Design for the University of the Arts and Associate Designer in the corporate/industrial design firm Fine Design Associates.


Costume Designer:
Martha Chamberlain

Martha Chamberlain

Martha Chamberlain began her dance training at age five in Media, Pennsylvania, where she was born and raised. Ms. Chamberlain joined Pennsylvania Ballet as an Apprentice in the fall of 1989 and was promoted to the Corps de Ballet three months later. She was promoted to Soloist in 1997 and to Principal after her premiere as Juliet in John Cranko's Romeo and Juliet in March 2000. She retired in 2011 from the Pennsylvania Ballet after dancing with that company for 21 years.

Ms. Chamberlain has designed costumes for many years. Among the choreographers she has created works for are Christopher D' Amboise, Matthew Neenan, Christine Cox, Meredith Rainey, Adam Hougland, Helen Pickett, Edwaard Liang, Jodie Gates, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and Jorma Elo. She has collaborated with Matthew Neenan on numerous dances he has choreographed for both the Pennsylvania Ballet and BalletX. She is also the creator and designer of Chamberlain, a dance wear line for the professional dancer.

 
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BalletX Summer Intensive
July 16 - 28, 2012

LEARN and perform BalletX repertory
EXPAND your classical ballet technique
EXPLORE a new range in your movement vocabulary
ENGAGE in a full day of diverse dance classes
PERFORM on The Wilma Theater's Stage
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