Summer Series 2015
At The Wilma Theater
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 goes to the world of classical ballet” (The Dance Journal). Hougland’sWorld Premiere in conjunction with Risk of Flight and Mashup will truly showcase Hougland’s evolution as a choreographer.
DREW BILLIAU – Lighting Designer