Fall Series 2014
At The Wilma Theater
265 S. Broad St., Philadelphia
Box Office: 215-546-7824
Jorma Elo - WORLD PREMIERE
Jorma Elo, Resident Choreographer of Boston Ballet and former dancer with Nederlands Dans Theater, returns to Philadelphia to create a World Premiere ballet inspired by the film noir classic Touch of Evil. Singled out as "the dancemaker everyone wants to talk about" (Dance Magazine), Elo has created work for many leading companies including American Ballet Theater, New York City Ballet, and Stuttgart Ballet, among others. Known for his distinct style that combines modern, hip-hop, and ballet vocabulary, Elo is one of today's most sought out choreographers.
Matthew Neenan - EAST COAST PREMIERE - Increasing
BalletX Co-Founder Matthew Neenan's new work Increasing debuted this summer at the Vail International Dance Festival. Praised by The New York Times as being "vulnerable, open-hearted and, above all, marvelously free," Increasing showcases technical virtuosity and innate musicality. Set to Schubert's String Quintet in C Major, the East Coast Premiere at Fall Series 2014 will be performed live by alumni of The Curtis Institute of Music.
Olivier Wevers - Instantly Bound (2013)
Premiered on BalletX in 2013, Oliver Wevers' Instantly Bound explores the timely debate of gun violence, and how to cope with loss and acceptance. This compelling abstract ballet sheds light on the spontaneous community formed when tragedy occurs. Wevers, a former principal dancer with Pacific Northwest Ballet and Royal Winnipeg Ballet, is a world-renowned choreographer who founded Seattle's critically acclaimed contemporary dance company Whim W’Him.
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