Summer Series 2015
At The Wilma Theater
265 S. Broad St., Philadelphia
Box Office: 215-546-7824
Risk of Flight (2007)
Summer Series 2015 will feature a full evening of work by choreographer Adam Hougland that highlights the range and vision of this talented American choreographer. Hougland is Principal Choreographer for Louisville Ballet and Cincinnati Ballet and has created numerous critically acclaimed works for companies both in the US and abroad. BalletX has a long relationship with Hougland, having commissioned him to create two world premieres for the company—Risk of Flight in 2007 and Mashup in 2012. This full evening of work by Hougland will provide audiences with the opportunity to see a choreographer’s development over time.
Hougland’s World Premiere for Summer Series 2015 will feature live music by Philadelphia-area songwriter Chris Kasper who will play selections from his 2013 album Bagabones, an album described as having “rare depth and true originality.” Kasper has shared the stage with musical acts like Amos Lee and The Avett Brothers showcasing his unique blend of folk, blues and rock. Hougland’s ballet, Risk of Flight (2007), premiered during BalletX’s first season as Resident Dance Company of The Wilma Theater, where it was hailed as being “staggeringly beautiful” by critics. This work explores the dramatic process of stripping away emotional armor and is set to three acoustic atmospheric tracks by award-winning cellist and composer Zoë Keating. Hougland’s zany Mashup(2012) features a cast of five over-the-top ‘80s characters tripping over ballet, jazz, and tap to create a humorous piece set to the music of the parody band Big Daddy. The piece was declared to be “…the perfect way to introduce non-theatre goers to the world of classical ballet” (The Dance Journal). Hougland’s World Premiere in conjunction with Risk of Flight and Mashup will truly showcase Hougland’s evolution as a choreographer.
DREW BILLIAU – Lighting Designer
Drew Billiau’s lighting design credits include Opera Company of Philadelphia's Rape of Lucretia, Fidelio, Falstaf, Porgy and Bess, La Cenerentola, The Marriage of Figaro, Cosi Fan Tutte, Don Carlo, Faust, Die Fledermaus, Macbeth, Don Pasquale, Turandot and Hansel und Gretel; Lucidity Suitcase's Red Eye de Havre de Grace, Flamingo Winnebago, The Melting Bridge and El Conquistador (Spain Tour); Cleveland Opera's Faust; Arden Theater's All My Sons, …And Then They Came For Me, Violet, Falsettos and A Year with Frog and Toad; Ballet X's 2 Different, M.O.M and Risk of Flight; Hamlet at the Lantern Theater. Previous work includes lighting designs for The Pennsylvania Ballet, The Iowa Playwrights Festival, Stagewest, Freedom Theater, Peoples Light & Theater Company and Venture Theater. Drew is the Lighting Coordinator/Resident Lighting Designer for The Opera Company of Philadelphia, Associate Professor of Lighting Design for the University of the Arts and Associate Designer for the corporate/industrial design firm Fine Design Associates
Chris Kasper – Musician
Chris Kasper is an American songwriter with a style rooted in folk, rock and blues. Based in Philadelphia but a true road warrior at heart, the past 12 years have found Chris sharing the stage with the likes of Amos Lee, The Avett Brothers, Tristan Prettyman, Good Old War and The Wood Brothers. A solo performer to be reckoned with, Chris’s collaborative spirit also lends him great strength as a bandleader. He can often be found performing with Philadelphia staples Phil D’Agostino (bass), Kiley Ryan (fiddle) and Daniel “Scrappy” Bower (percussion).Chris Kasper stepped into the role of producer and arranger for his 4th album, Bagabones, released October 1, 2013. The result is an album of rare depth and true originality that stands up on its own to be recognized.Bagaboneswas written in a small cabin owned by Chris’s late uncle in West Hurley, NY, just outside the town of Woodstock. Engineered by Matt Muir of Kawari Studios and mastered by Philly soul producer Jim Salamone (Teddy Pendergrass), this record captures a sound rarely found from a self-produced, independent artist. Bagabones is preceded by The First Hundred Years are the Hardest (2011), Chasing Another Sundown (2009), and FlyingBoy (2006). For more information, visit www.chriskasper.com.