Summer Series 2016
At The Wilma Theater
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.
GILLES PAPAIN – Video Installation
DREW BILLIAU – Lighting Designer