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Reviews

BalletX Opens with Confidence
November 20, 2014
By Merilyn Jackson, The Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “[BalletX has] the confidence and artistry of a world-class ballet company”

Review: BalletX Fall Series 2014
November 20, 2014
By Kat Richter, The Dance Journal

  • “fresh and raw”
  • “Neenan exhibited a more mature side that managed to capture the whimsy for which audiences love him and endow it with greater gravitas”
  • “Wevers took a number of simple motifs and worked them into a magical spell”

Fall Series (BalletX): Darkness on the Edge of Ballet
November 20, 2014
By Christopher Munden, Phindie

  • “a varied, engaging program of darkness and beauty”

BalletX @ The Dance Center features Choreographical Genius
September 19, 2014
By Sarah Osterman Meyers, Chicago Stage Standard

  • “[Chloe Felesina’s] performance may have single-handedly verified the revolutionary capacity of ballet.”
  • “infectious…wildly amusing”

Taking Chances with Mix and Match
August 6, 2014
By Alastair Macaulay, The New York Times

  • Increasing shows each of [the BalletX dancers] as emotional, both private and social; their unfolding world is carried along by the music’s changing current.”
  • “vulnerable, openhearted and, above all, marvelously free.”

A Pilot's 1938 Flight of Doom and Memory
July 11, 2014
By Alastair Macaulay, The New York Times

  • “Throughout, Sunset, o639 Hours creates a coherent, poetic realm of the imagination”
  • “[Matthew Neenan’s] dances…are fresh, touching, musical, original”

Neenan Blazes in Sunset
July 11, 2014
By Lew Whittington, The Dance Journal

  • “Neenan at his most whimsical and witty”
  • Sunset, o639 Hours [is] a deliberately risky dance flight that racks up more than a few choreographic miles of previously uncharted territory.”

BalletX Flies Half a World Away
July 8, 2014
By Nancy Heller, The Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “remarkably moving”

BalletX Celebrates Famed Aviator in Sunset, o639 Hours
July 7, 2014
By Bill Chenevert, Philadelphia Weekly

  • “Contemporary ballet companies don’t often take these kinds of risks, but this show will take Philly dance to heights it’s never experienced before.”

Performing flexibly and with fun
February 17, 2014
By Susan Perloff, Broad Street Review

  • “[BalletX dancers move in ways that] are simultaneously strenuous and fluid, harsh and delicate, serious and amusing.”

BalletX puts on world premieres, lovely looks at love
February 15, 2014
By Jim Rutter, The Philadelphia Inquirer


BalletX plans to Heat up Philadelphia with its Winter Concert Series
February 10, 2014
By Roger Lee, The Dance Enthusiast

  • “BalletX’s Winter Concert Series promises to be memorable: entertaining, emotional, and diverse.”

BalletX’s winter shows revel in the romance of dance
February 5, 2014
By Bill Chenevert, Philadelphia Weekly


Duets, Trilogies and Revisiting Motown: Alastair Macauley's Dance Favorites for 2013
December 13, 2013
By Alastair Macauley, The New York Times


Happy to be there, seeing ‘There I was’
November 23, 2013
By Nancy G. Heller, The Philadelphia Inquirer

  • "He's done it again. In There I Was, Matthew Neenan has created a new work of tremendous power, grace, and style."

See Three Dynamic World Premieres During the BalletX Fall Series 2013 at The Wilma Theater
November 19, 2013
By Kristina Jenkins, Uwishunu

  • "If you've never seen BalletX on stage, it's time to take a seat and take in one of our city's most high-octane dance troupes."

Teaching Ballet Language of Pop
August 8, 2013
By Alastair Macaulay, The New York Times

  • “[Matthew Neenan] has one of the most appealing and singular voices in ballet today.”
  • “…the 10 dancers of BalletX perform…with startling spontaneity and urgency.”

With BalletX, decay can in fact be beautiful
July 18, 2013
Kat Richter, The Dance Journal

  • “…explosive, athletic dance that leaves the audience speechless…”

‘Beautiful Decay’ debuts at Wilma Theater
July 13, 2013
Nancy G. Heller, The Inquirer

  • “…the sheer professionalism of all 12 performers, and the emotional impact of the evening, are undeniable.”

Gulping the Heady, Thin Air of Creativity
August 7, 2012
By Alastair Macaulay, The New York Times

  • "The [2012 Vail International Dance Festival's] program began strongly with Mr. Neenan's Switch Phase, in which four men and four women from BalletX display what might be called a modern folk style."
  • "BalletX's…dance style [is] appealing…powerfully bending… [and] especially refreshing."

Jodie Gates & Peter Quanz: Gotham Dance Festival at the Joyce
June 7, 2012
By Darrell Wood, NYC Dance Stuff

  • "Subtle tenderness, athleticism of movement…just plain sexy."

Wobbles and Jumbles, but also Magic
June 4, 2012
By Brian Seibert, The New York Times

  • "The dancers of BalletX,from Philadelphia, look sleek."

From BalletX, exciting color, moves, premieres
July 13, 2012
By Merilyn Jackson, for the Inquirer

  • "Mysterious, sexy, funny, and surprising"
  • "BalletX regularly conceives scintillating programs!"

Review: BalletX Marks the Spot
July 13, 2012
By Kat Richter, The Dance Journal

  • "A little nugget of choreographic genius."
  • "An electric evening!"
  • "The result is silly, irreverent and completely brilliant."

Sophisticated Fun
July 15, 2012
By Janet Anderson in Broad Street Review


BalletX: Classical Meets Whimsy
April 21, 2012
by Kat Richter, The Dance Journal

  • "The seven-year old company [is]…still as quirky as ever."
  • "The choreography showcased the dancers…in a variety of seemingly impossible angles."
  • "The Last Glass was sexy, surprising, bold and fun."

Forward Movement
April 21, 2012
by Janet Anderson, Philadelphia City Paper

  • "No one mixes and matches movement and music as exuberantly as Neenan does…they looked fabulous."

BalletX’s Fall Series
November 22nd, 2011
By Janet Anderson in Broad Street Review

  • “BalletX founders Matthew Neenan and Christine Cox started with a dream of pursuing the new and the different in movement.”
  • “[BalletX] is not only changing dance, but also changing people’s lives in the process.”
  • “Jackson Sounds may be Neenan’s most important and influential work.”

At lovely BalletX opener, even intermission’s exciting
November 18th, 2011
By Merilyn Jackson in The Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “Surprising and lovely performances.”
  • “[BalletX performances are] like taking an expansive breath.”
  • “BalletX, even when fooling around with its schoolyard playmates, is quite grown-up.”

Two Ochoa world premieres highlight BalletX program
By Merilyn Jackson
For The Philadelphia Inquirer Published: July 22, 2011

  • “Charming tenderness…entwining and uncoupling as if drowsy with morning love.”

BalletX Summer Series
By Janet Anderson
For Broad Street Review Published: July 26,2011

  • “Spunky.”
  • “Whether they’re creating their own work or bringing in intriguing experimenters from around the world, the Ballet Xers rarely produce anything that isn’t totally professionally and usually excitingly new.”
  • “A dazzling program of new works from young choreographers who came from all over the U.S. and Europe with choreography that was seriously composed and joyfully danced.”

BalletX Summer Series
By Jim Rutter
For Broad Street Review Published: July 26, 2011

  • “Dance at its most powerful.”

Dancers, actors, and musicians unite - to hilarious effect
by Merilyn Jackson
For The Inquirer Published:
April 15, 2011

  • “a good dose of comedic uncertainty and imbalance”

BalletX And The Wilma Theater Team Up To Present Proliferation of the Imagination
by Linda Haas
GPTMC/ Uwishunu.com Published: April 15, 2011

  • “Proliferation of the Imagination combines outrageous stories, folk-like music, modern ballet, hilarious banter, and a good ol’ fashioned rapping baby.”

BalletX and Wilma re-imagine Apollinaire
by Jonathan M. Stein
Broad Street Review Published: April 15, 2011

  • “[A] gloriously playful onstage riot.”
  • “Freshest, most original offering of the current Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts…”
  • “Inspired, cabaret ballet-theater.”
  • “BalletX, the Wilma, and their collaborators took a risky leap…This grand success…lit up a few stars up there for Apollinaire.”

The Surreality Of Popping Balloon-Breasts At The Wilma Plus Wanamaker in Paris at the Arden
by Aaron Mettey
Philadelphia Magazine Published: April 15, 2011

  • “The vivacity of their performances was infectious.”
  • “The music and choreography are joyful, energetic, and odd.”

A Proliferation of the Absurd
by Lindsay Warner
Arts and Culture Blog Published: April 23, 2011

  • “Joyful, absurd, funny and utterly ludicrous.”
  • “BalletX – joyful, kinetic, and dynamic.”

The Sweetest Fruit
by Janet Anderson
Philadelphia City Paper 11/23/2010

  • “With a fantastic troupe…BalletX has morphed from a local startup to an institution with an edge.”
  • “Fantastic choreographic imagination.”
  • “Wildly imaginative, totally zonkers, always beautifully performed – this was BalletX at its finest.”

BalletX is on a Roll
by Jonathan M. Stein
Broad Street Review 11/23/2010

  • “[Matthew] Neenan is a dynamic, resourceful choreographer who maintains our attention, awakening our senses and preparing us for surprise and change. He may employ quirky gestures, or wringing funky un-balletic movements from his otherwise graceful dancers.”

Don’t Miss BalletX’s Fall Series At The Wilma Theater Through This Sunday
by Sarah Thiebaud
Uwishunu.com/GPTCM blog 11/19/2010

  • “truly enchanting…”
  • “BalletX’s unique performances definitely live up to their reputation, with exceptionally engaging dancers and with their limitless endurance and ability.”

Wilma Theater's BalletX opens strong, gracefully
by Merilyn Jackson
For The Inquirer Published: Jul. 23, 2010

  • “Great heights and sustained excellence.”

Summer Series @ Wilma Theater
Posted by Sarah Thiebaud
For uwishunu.com Published: July 23, 2010

  • “Powerfully explosive movements.”
  • “[BalletX] reflected emotions of joy, angst, and romance, and was a delight to watch…It was truly a night of celebration and dancing, highlighting the heart and soul of every dancer.”

Summer Series
by Julia Askenase
For Philadelphia City Paper Published: July 22, 2010

  • “The Last Glass called for a night of bohemian revelry…Co-Artistic director Matthew Neenan placed his dancers in a whimsical, if slightly inebriated world where they took on the joyous and tormented stories of several lovers.”

On a mission to redefine ballet
By Jim Rutter
For Broad Street Review. Review II published: July 27, 2010

  • “Soft, fluid balletic movements…warm and emotive touches…”
  • “Tremendous new works…”

A 'Cat in Hat' dance, full of lovely Things
by Ellen Dunkel
For The Inquirer Published: Apr. 7, 2009

  • “We were rewarded with a charming little hit.”
  • “The three-piece program is BalletX’s most beautiful and touching yet.”

Power Play
by Janet Anderson
City Paper Published: Apr. 7, 2009

  • “Pushing movement boundaries.”
  • “Odd, introspective, elegant moves.”

BalletX Both Fanciful And Versatile
by Lindsay Warner
The Bulletin Published: Apr. 7, 2009

  • “Fun, flippant movements that…push and pull the dancers across the stage with a magnetic force.”
  • “The company performs with the carefully honed movements of dancers under the influence of two fine artistic directors, who maintain a fine sense of precision.”

Moving and growing
Three-year-old BalletX surprises and delights with a mature depth at the Wilma.

by Ellen Dunkel
For The Inquirer Published: Nov. 8, 2008

  • “Co-artistic directors Christine Cox [and Matthew Neenan] are growing their company in the right direction.”

Searching for meaning in modern dance (without program notes, yet)
by Jim Rutter
Broad Street Review Published: Nov. 10, 2008


X Goes Next Level
by Deni Kasrel
City Paper, Published: Nov 7, 2007

  • “Enthusiastic, well-executed performance.”

BalletX succeeds in three premieres
By Ellen Dunkel
For The Inquirer 11/03/2007


BalletX's dancers better than ever
By Ellen Dunkel
For The Inquirer June 15, 2007

  • “Clever and humorous choreography, soothing music, dramatic lighting and gorgeous bodies hit all the right notes.”

What The Critics Say about BalletX and its Co-founders

Critics Picks, WRTI.org
9/7/2005

  • “Abstract and sporty…the performance was first class.”
  • “Powerfully performed…It’s worth repeating.”

DanceMagazine.com
4/2005

  • “Quick-tempo, asymmetric movement…joyously represented the creative intimacy here.”

The Philadelphia Inquirer
3/11/2005

  • “Inventive partnering…extremes of intimacy.”

Dance Magazine
2/2005

  • “Sheer exhilaration to witness the way [Neenan] weds a choreographic idea with a musical score to make magic on the stage…”

Ballet-Dance Magazine
2005

  • “Neenan’s choreography was innovative – showing off the company’s athleticism and individual strengths – as well as visually refreshing, with strong ensemble segments and wonderful use of space and patterns.”

The Philadelphia Inquirer
8/10/2001

  • “Neenan’s thoroughly magnetic Frequencies…was a masterpiece.”
  • “Innate classicism…cool sophistication…a hint of sass.”
  • “When dance is like this, it can make me feel as if I were in heaven.”

BalletX Feature Articles

BalletX incorporates the music and commotion of Philly youth
Peter Crimmins, WHYY Radio
11/19/2011

BalletX Graces Jackson School
Joseph Myers, South Philly Review
11/10/2011

Pointe Magazine
December 2005 / January 2006

  • “Inventiveness and variety.”

 

 
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