Press Release




Philadelphia, PA--BalletX, Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet and Resident Dance Company of The Wilma Theater, presents a free lunchtime performance on May 21st from 12:00-1:00pm at The Porch at 30th Street Station. This performance is part of a series presented by University City District (UCD), made possible with generous support from the William Penn Foundation, which has provided leadership support for UCD's efforts to showcase innovative cultural programming at The Porch.

In an ongoing effort to spread its cultural footprint and bring dance to a broader audience in Philadelphia, BalletX’s free performance at The Porch offers viewers the unique opportunity to see highlights from the critically acclaimed Winter Series 2014. The March 21st performance includes Slump and the duet Valentine’s Day by Joshua L. Peugh, as well as Delicate Balance by Jodie Gates.

Joshua L. Peugh’s Slump quickly became an audience favorite with its hilarious take on the traditional courting dance. Set to a catchy arrangement of Klezmer, mambo and jazz music, this piecehad audiences giggling from the start. Peugh’s tender duet Valentine’s Day, was hailed as being an “elegant, classically-minded and traditionally beautiful number” (Philadelphia Weekly). The free performance will conclude with Delicate Balance by Jodie Gates, a work that brought audiences to their feet in applause. A physically and emotionally powerful piece that highlights the athleticism and artistry of the BalletX dancers, Delicate Balance was lauded by The Philadelphia Inquirer as being “a dreamscape of motion.”

Event details:
May 21, 2014 (rain date of June 20)
The Porch at 30th Street Station
30th & Market Street
Free and open to the public

BalletX’s 2013-14 Season continues with Summer Series 2014 (July 9-13 at The Wilma Theater), featuring the world premiere of Sunset, o639 Hours a full-length ballet by BalletX Co-Artistic Director Matthew Neenan with original music by award-winning composer Rosie Langabeer.

About BalletX: BalletX unites world-class choreographers with an outstanding company of professional dancers to forge new works of athleticism, emotion, and grace. Through the daring vision of its award-winning founders and artistic directors, Christine Cox and Matthew Neenan, BalletX challenges the boundaries of classical ballet by encouraging formal experimentation while preserving rigorous technique. The Company is committed to producing new works of the highest quality and integrity that bring the combined visions of choreographers and dancers to life and cultivate in audiences a collective appetite for bold new dance.

About University City District: University City District is a partnership of world-renowned anchor institutions, small businesses and residents that creates opportunity, improves economic vitality and quality of life in the University City area of West Philadelphia. Our primary mission is community revitalization. We work within a place-based, data-driven framework to invest in world-class public spaces, address crime and public safety, bring life to commercial corridors, connect low-income residents to careers, and promote job growth and innovation. UCD actively manages amenities and plans activities at The Porch at 30th Street Station.


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