Press Release


Featuring a programof three works representing today’s voices of contemporary ballet

Philadelphia, PA—BalletX, Philadelphia’s Premier Contemporary Ballet and the Resident Dance Company of the Wilma Theater, opens its 9th season withFall Series 2014 (November 19-23).Highlighting the work of three renowned choreographers, BalletX’sFall Series 2014explores the innovative possibilities of ballet in the 21st century. With its diverse repertory and commitment to producing new work, BalletX’s performances are “fresh, touching, musical, original” (The New York Times).

Fall Series 2014 features the work of Jorma Elo, Olivier Wevers, and Matthew Neenan, all prolific artists with unique approaches to contemporary ballet. A program that showcases the technical virtuosity and emotional complexity of the BalletX dancers, Fall Series 2014includes a world premiere by JormaElo, the return of OlivierWevers’ Instantly Bound, and Matthew Neenan’s new workIncreasing accompanied live by alumni of The Curtis Institute of Music.
Fall Series 2014

Singled out by Dance Magazine as “the dancemaker everyone wants to talk about,” Jorma Elo is one of today’s most sought after choreographers. Known for combining classical ballet with elements of modern and contemporary dance, Elo’s work focuses on dynamic movement and musicality. A former dancer with NederlandsDans Theater, he has been the Resident Choreographer of Boston Ballet since 2005 and has created work for many of the world’s leading dance companies including American Ballet Theater, San Francisco Ballet, New York City Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, among others. In 2006, Elo created Scenes View 2 for BalletX, a daring piece set to Bach’s Violin Partita No. 2 that was praised as possessing “the instincts of a storyteller and the theatricality of his European roots” (Broad Street Review). Elo is thrilled to return to Philadelphia to create a brand new work for BalletX inspired by the film noir classic Touch of Evil.

Instantly Bound,choreographed by Brussels-born dancer and choreographer Olivier Wevers, premiered on BalletX in 2013. An abstract ballet set on three couples, this work explores the timely theme of gun violence and the devastating effects it leaves in its wake. The emotional content of the ballet resonated with Philadelphia audiences, meriting its return to the BalletX repertoire. “Instantly Bound is a beautifully constructed and compelling ballet,” says Artistic & Executive Director Christine Cox, “it speaks to the scary truths about the world today.” Wevers, a former principal dancer with Pacific Northwest Ballet and Royal Winnipeg Ballet, founded the critically acclaimed contemporary dance company Whim W’Him in 2009. He has won countless awards for his work and was honored in 2011 with the City of Seattle’s Mayor’s Arts Award.

BalletX Co-Founder Matthew Neenan’s new work Increasing debuted in August at the Vail International Dance Festival. Featuring New York City Ballet Principal Dancers Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild alongside the BalletX dancers, the Vail premiere was praised as being “vulnerable, openhearted and, above all, marvelously free” (The New York Times). Fall Series 2014 will feature the East Coast premiere of Increasing set to Schubert’s String Quintet in C Major played live by alumni of The Curtis Institute of Music. Neenan says he chose Schubert’s music because he wanted to “showcase the playful richness and dramatic intensity within the arrangement.” As Co-Founder of BalletX, Neenan has created 15 world premieres for the company, and his choreography has been featured and performed by BalletX, Pennsylvania Ballet, The Washington Ballet, Colorado Ballet, and Ballet Memphis, among others.

Performances run November 19-23 at The Wilma Theater, 265 South Broad Street, Philadelphia. Tickets start at $35.

Members of the press are invited to attend Opening Night on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 8PM. For press tickets, please contact Allie Vanyur at 215-893-9456 x128 or

Fall Series Performance Dates/Times:
Wednesday, November 19, 8:00PM, Opening Night
Thursday, November 20, 8:00PM
Friday, November 21, 8:00PM
Saturday, November 22, 2:00PM
Saturday, November 22, 8:00PM
Sunday, November 23, 2:00PM
The 2014-2015 Season will see the continuation of The X-Process, an audience engagement initiative that began in 2013. During each performance series, The X-Process will feature an interactive lecture and demonstration (A Pie, A Pint &The Process) and a Q&A event (Conversations with the Artists). During Fall Series2014, JormaElo, Matthew Neenan, and Christine Cox will discuss the creative process during Conversations with the Artists. The Fall Series programming for A Pie, A Pint &The Process will focus on the process of designing a performance season, through the eyes of the director, from conversation to commission.

The X-Process Events:
Wednesday, November 19, 7:00PM- Conversations with the Artists (free)
Saturday, November 22, 4:00PM- A Pie, A Pint, &The Process ($5)

BalletX’s 2014-2015 Season continues with Winter Series 2015 (February 18-22) and Summer Series 2015 (July 8-12).

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, 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. For more information, visit

Fall Series 2014 made possible by: William Penn Foundation, The Sporting Club at the Bellevue, Tierney, PECO, AKA Rittenhouse Square, The Shubert Foundation, The Barra Foundation, The Philadelphia Cultural Fund, and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.


Media Contact:
Allison Vanyur
Marketing & Communications Coordinator
215- 893-9456 x128(o)