FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AN EXPLORATION INTO THE CREATIVE PROCESS DURING THE 2013-2014 SEASON
Philadelphia, PA—Have you ever wondered how dancers remember so many steps? Where choreographers look for inspiration? Or how dance has evolved over time? BalletX, Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet company, is thrilled to announce The X-Process, a new dance appreciation initiative that will explore these questions and more during the 2013-14 Season at The Wilma Theater.
The X-Process is a three part program meant to enhance the dance experience. During the first portion, Conversations with the Artists, audiences will learn about the creative process behind the creation of new work. In the second part, A Pie, A Pint & The Process, participants will gain a deeper understanding of contemporary ballet and dance in an interactive lecture series served over pizza and beer. The final online component, The X-Blog (balletx.org/x-process), will serve as a central resource where visitors can find program notes, video replays, and exclusive content from the choreographers and artists.
“Our goal with The X-Process is to inform, empower and bring our audience closer to the creation process,” said Christine Cox, Co-Artistic and Executive Director of BalletX. “By supporting our mission to expand the vocabulary of classical dance, the program will help make our audience feel more of a part of the BalletX experience.”
BalletX will welcome New York-based dance critic Elizabeth Zimmer to lead the The X-Process events throughout the Season. A dance critic for over 40 years with publications like Dance Magazine, The Village Voice and The Philadelphia Inquirer, Ms. Zimmer said "I'm looking forward to exploring the creative process of a new generation of ballet choreographers, and to helping audiences feel more comfortable with the many languages of dance."
BalletX was one of 20 organizations out of 57 chosen by Dance/USA for Round Two of the Engaging Dance Audiences grant program. This is the first national funding program that focuses specifically on audience engagement practices for the art of dance. The 20 organizations that received this grant also include Joyce Theater Foundation, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and Pacific Northwest Ballet. Engaging Dance Audiences was made possible through the support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF).
All events will take place at The Wilma Theater, 265 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107.
The X-Process Events:
A Pie, A Pint & The Process
*Pre-Opening Night Wednesdays, FREE
BalletX’s 2013-2014 Season continues with Winter Series 2014 (February 12-16, 2014) and Summer Series 2014 (July 9-13, 2014).
About BalletX: BalletX unites world-class choreographers with an outstanding company of professional dancers to forge new works of athleticism, emotion, and grace. 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.
The X-Process is made possible through Engaging Dance Audiences administered by Dance/USA with generous funding from The Doris Duke Foundation.