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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 Klip Collective - Annabelle Lopez Ochoa (World Premiere), Matthew Neenan (World Premiere)

With an extended two-week run at The Wilma Theater, BalletX’s Summer Series 2016 brings together two powerhouse choreographers, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and Matthew Neenan, with virtual art shop Klip Collective for a technology-infused program that is a first for BalletX. Klip Collective integrates immersive projection lighting and technology with storytelling to create compelling experiences, which have been commissioned by Sundance Film Festival, Philadelphia Flower Show, Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, and Longwood Gardens.

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 calls “constructed chaos.”  She has choreographed works for theater, opera, and dance companies around the world, including Pacific Northwest Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flanders, Dutch National Ballet, and others. Working with Magritte-inspired imagery, Klip Collective will design scenic projections that will accompany the music and performance of Annabelle's choreography. Skyscapes littered with bowler hats, apples, and windows will come alive in subtle contexts, allowing the dance to be at the foreground of our attention.

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. Working on the theme of memory, Klip Collective will explore the dichotomy of light and dark with a dynamic use of shadows, video projection and scenic elements. Geometric shapes and optical illusions create a dramatic environment for Matthew’s choreography as this piece wrestles with the notion that memory fades.

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Collaborators

KLIP COLLECTIVE – Video Installation
Klip Collective is an experiential art shop integrating projection lighting and technology with storytelling to create compelling experiences on behalf of institutions, corporate clients and cultural partners. Photographer Pier Nicola DʼAmico and video artist Ricardo Rivera founded Klip in 2003 to create immersive and large-scale video projection experiences.

Klip works with its in-house production and post-production studio, Monogram, to deliver high-quality projection content with precise execution. Klip delivers award-winning work in visual effects, branded content, non-traditional advertising, and outdoor campaigns. With a creative drive for inventing solutions and a zero-fail ethic, the Philadelphia–based group has grown from a purely artistic endeavor to an experiential partner sought by international agencies, brands, and cultural institutions.

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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