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Summer Series 2016

July 6-17

At The Wilma Theater
265 S. Broad St., Philadelphia
Box Office: 215-546-7824

Collaboration with Gilles Papain - Annabelle Lopez Ochoa (World Premiere), Matthew Neenan (World Premiere)

With an extended two week run at The Wilma Theater, Summer Series 2016 brings together two powerhouse choreographers with Parisian video designer Gilles Papain for a technology-infused program that is a first for BalletX. Papain’s work, which expertly weaves animation, projection, and design into visually arresting creations, has been featured in film, television, and on stage for acts such as Cirque du Soleil, Nederlands Dans Theater, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, and Celine Dion.

Columbo-Belgian choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa is “making a vital impact on contemporary ballet” (Dance Magazine) with her abstract, yet virtuosic movement that creates what she refers to as “constructed chaos”.  She has choreographed works for theater, opera, and for dance companies around the world such as Pacific Northwest Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flanders, Dutch National Ballet, and others. For Summer Series 2016, Ochoa and Papain will collaborate to create a new work inspired by the witty sensibilities of surrealist painter Rene Magritte. By exploring the boundaries of imagination, Papain will reflect dreamlike fantasies through interactive videos on movable walls, while Ochoa weaves the dancers in and out of reality.

BalletX Co-Founder Matthew Neenan has quickly become a rising star in the American dance community, and has been hailed as “one of the most appealing and singular voices in ballet today” (The New York Times). In addition to having choreographed 16 world premieres for BalletX, Neenan has created celebrated works for companies including Pennsylvania Ballet, Washington Ballet, and Ballet West. His new work for Summer Series 2016 will feature a geometric projection technique known as “mapping”, wherein Papain will use light to direct blocks of space around the stage. Together, with live musical accompaniment of violin and accordion, Neenan and Papain will reconfigure space in order to explore movement possibilities and create an evolving landscape of objects and bodies.

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Collaborators

GILLES PAPAIN – Video Installation
Gilles Papain was born in Marseille, France. He was the stage manager of Opera de Marseille until 1999. In 2000, he joined the Ballets de Monte-Carlo, as the artistic stage manager. He travelled with the company around the world and worked on international stages in Europe, the USA, Mexico, Canada, Japan and Russia. There he also began making films that are included in the scenography of Maillot's ballets. Following this path, he soon had other proposals which led him to start his own independent company. His work, which expertly weaves animation, projection, and design into visually arresting creations, has been featured in film, television, and on stage for acts such as Cirque du Soleil, Nederlands Dans Theater, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, and Celine Dion.

DREW BILLIAU – Lighting Designer
Drew Billiau’s lighting designs include Red Eye to Havre de Grace at New York Theater Workshop; Zombie Strippers for NYMTF; Cherokee and Bootycandy for the Wilma Theater; Tea: A Mirror of Soul for Vancouver Opera; The Magic Flute for Pittsburgh Opera; The Train Driver, Hamlet, and Henry V for Lantern Theater Company; La Boheme, Carmen, Turandot, Fidelio, Porgy and Bess, and Madame Butterfly for Opera Philadelphia; The Melting Bride, Flamingo Winnebago, and Whale Optics for Lucidity Suitcase; Abduction of Seraglio for Teatri of Treviso; Red Speedo, Cock, Iron, and The English Bride for Theater Exile; Fatebook and Prom for New Paradise Laboratories; Charlotte's Web, Frog and Toad, and All My Sons for Arden Theatre Company; and Beasts, Sunset, o639 Hours, Beautiful Decay, Instant God, The Last Glass, Risk of Flight, and Silt for BalletX.  Drew is the Technical Production Manager at Opera Philadelphia and an Associate Designer in the corporate lighting firm Fine Design Associates.

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