Fall Series 2012

November 7-11, 2012

MATTHEW NEENAN – Switch Phase, East Coast Premiere
BalletX Co-Artistic Director Matthew Neenan presented the World Premiere of Switch Phase at the Vail International Dance Festival in August 2012 with the BalletX company, and he returns home to Philadelphia this November for the work’s East Coast Premiere at Fall Series 2012. The New York Times praised Switch Phase for its “modern folk style,” calling the performance “appealing…powerfully bending…and especially refreshing.” Neenan has been recognized for his choreographic achievements with prestigious awards and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through Dance Advance, Choo San Goh Foundation, Jerome Robbins Foundation New Essential Works (NEW) Program, and others. 

Kate Watson-Wallace is a Philadelphia-based choreographer and director, who co-founded the art collective, anonymous bodies in 2007. Watson-Wallace creates site-based performances that re-imagine our everyday spaces. Her notable works include HOUSE (a performance inside of an abandoned row home), CAR (which takes place inside of a moving vehicle), and STORE (a performance installation about American greed). Watson-Wallace has choreographed music videos for indie legends Animal Collective, Black Dice, Dead Skeletons, and Spaceship Aloha, and filmed versions of her choreography have appeared at Dance Theater Workshop, The National Building Museum, and The PDP Motion Pictures Series. She is the recipient of a Pew Fellowship in the Arts in Choreography, and has received awards and grants from the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage through Dance Advance, The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and others. Watson-Wallace will have her BalletX debut at Fall Series 2012, where she will direct the company in a World Premiere.

MAURO ASTOLFI – World Premiere
Italian-based choreographer Mauro Astolfi has pioneered an original dance style and language that reflects his unique and constantly evolving interpretation of contemporary movement. After an extended residency in the United States ending in 1994, Astolfi returned to Rome to establish the Spellbound Contemporary Ballet. The company acts as a channel to express his personal view of today’s choreographic language and serves as an inspiration for many young and emerging choreographers. Spellbound, currently a leader in the international dance scene, combines Astolfi’s personal portfolio with the technical excellence of its dancers to create a high profile model that is strongly focused on producing the highest quality of productions. Astolfi’s works have appeared internationally in France, Serbia, Thailand, Spain, Austria, United States, Germany, and elsewhere. He joins BalletX for his company debut at Fall Series 2012, where he will direct a World Premiere.


DREW BILLIAU (lighting design)
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.

MARTHA CHAMBERLAIN (costume design)
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.

BalletX performances take place at The Wilma Theater, located at Broad & Spruce Streets in Philadelphia, PA.
Contact the Box Office at 215-546-7824.

BalletX 12-13 Season