Fall Series 2013
November 20-24, 2013
At The Wilma Theater
265 S. Broad St., Philadelphia
Box Office: 215-546-7824
ADAM BARRUCH – If the heart runs (World Premiere)
Adam Barruch began his career as a young actor, performing professionally on Broadway and in film and television, working with prominent figures such as Tony Bennett, Jerry Herman and Susan Stroman. He later received dance training at LaGuardia High School for Music & Art and Performing Arts and The Juilliard School. As a dancer he has performed the works of Jiri Kylian, Ohad Naharin, Susan Marshall, Jose Limon, and Daniele Dèsnoyers, and is currently a dancer with Sylvain Émard Danse in Montreal. As a choreographer, Barruch's work has been presented at Dance Theater Workshop, City Center, NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, The Juilliard School, Merce Cunningham Studio, Ailey Citigroup Theater, SUNY Purchase, Princeton University, Bates Dance Festival, River North Dance Chicago, and Theatre Usine C in Montreal, among others. In February 2013 Barruch's short film collaboration with filmmaker Nel Shelby, Folie a Deux, was screened at the Dance on Camera Festival at Lincoln Center. In June 2013, Barruch performed a full-length evening solo work, My Name is Barbra ADAM, at Joe's Pub commissioned by DanceNOW NYC, and was a recipient of a Late Stage Production Stipend from the Mertz Gilmore Foundation.
GABRIELLE LAMB – HeedfulNeedful (World Premiere)
Gabrielle Lamb is a native of Savannah, Georgia and trained at the Boston Ballet School. She joined Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal in 2000 and was promoted to soloist in 2003. At the invitation of Christopher Wheeldon she moved to New York City in 2009 to join his company Morphoses. Her repertoire as a performer includes principal roles in works by George Balanchine, Christopher Wheeldon, Jiri Kylian, Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin, Nacho Duato, and Shen Wei. She now lives in New York City and performs with choreographers Pontus Lidberg, Luca Veggetti, and Shannon Gillen. Lamb began choreographing in 2005 and is a self-taught video artist and animator. She won the National Choreographic Competition of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in 2009 as well as First Prize in Milwaukee Ballet’s Genesis International Choreographic Competition in 2013 and in the 2013 National Choreographic Competition of Western Michigan University. She has also been selected as one of three finalists for Ballet Austin’s 2014 New American Talents Choreographic Competition.
MATTHEW NEENAN – There I was (World Premiere)
Matthew Neenan, Co-Artistic Director of BalletX, began his dance training at the Boston Ballet School with Nan C. Keating and Jacqueline Cronsberg. He later attended the LaGuardia High School of Performing Arts and the School of American Ballet. From 1994 to2007, Matthew danced with the Pennsylvania Ballet in works by George Balanchine, John Cranko, Paul Taylor, Peter Martins, Val Caniparoli, Jorma Elo, Lila York, Meredith Rainey, Christopher Wheeldon, and Jerome Robbins, and in 2007, he was named the company’s Choreographer in Residence. As a choreographer, Matthew’s work has been performed by the Pennsylvania Ballet, BalletX, Washington Ballet, Tulsa Ballet, Colorado Ballet, Ballet Memphis, Milwaukee Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Juilliard Dance, Sacramento Ballet, and Opera Company of Philadelphia, among others. He is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including those 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, and in 2008, he received his fourth fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. In 2009, he was the first recipient of the Jerome Robbins NEW Program Fellowship.
Adam Barruch’s if the heart runs and Gabrielle Lamb’s HeedfulNeedful are made possible by generous support from the Jerome Robbins New Essential Works (NEW) Program and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
REID BARTELME – Costume Designer
Reid Bartelme began his professional life as a dancer, working for ballet companies throughout North America and Canada and modern dance companies in New York, including Shen Wei Dance Arts and the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company. He has performed in works by Jack Ferver, Liz Santoro, Burr Johnson, Douglas Dunn, Christopher Williams, Kyle Abraham, and Ryan McNamara. Reid graduated from the Fashion Design program at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and has designed costumes most notably for Christopher Wheeldon, Lar Lubovitch, Gwen Welliver, John Jasperse, Pontus Lidberg, Jack Ferver, Burr Johnson, Jillian Peña, Juliana May, and Liz Santoro. In collaboration with designer Harriet Jung, Reid has designed costumes for the New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Justin Peck, Marcelo Gomes, Andrea Miller, and Mauro Bigonzetti.
DREW BILLIAU – Lighting Designer
Drew Billiau’s 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 for the corporate/industrial design firm Fine Design Associates.