Summer Series 2014

July 9-13, 2014

MATTHEW NEENAN – World Premiere Sunset, o639 Hours (working title)

Co-Artistic Director Matthew Neenan presents a second world premiere this season, Sunset, o639 Hours, an evening-length ballet with original music by the award-winning New Zealand composer Rosie Langabeer. Inspired by the true story of a pilot who dared to cross the South Pacific, this new ballet will take us back in time to an isolated island paradise.

On January 2, 1938, Captain Edwin Musick embarked on an insurmountable journey. Pushing the limits of his aircraft and crew, he attempted to complete New Zealand’s first airmail delivery to Hawaii. Traversing 4,000 miles of open ocean, Musick’s team set out to connect these two distant lands.

Drawing on the sights and sounds of New Zealand’s Maori and Pacific Island culture, Neenan and Langabeer will follow Captain Musick’s journey this summer as they present an original ballet that takes BalletX to the other side of the world.

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Rosie Langabeer is a New Zealand composer, sound designer and performer who writes for musical ensembles of various sizes, theatre, film, circus and dance and performs on a wide range of instruments. A specialist in improvisation and devised multi-disciplinary ensemble work her virtuosity lies in her versatility and depth of musical knowledge. Langabeer graduated from Massey University Wellington in 2002 with a Bmus in composition and proceeded to work in NZ as a composer, performer and music educator establishing the Zirkus big band and collaborating with award winning New Zealand companies Awkward Productions, Ake Ake Theatre Company, Hypnotical Hoodang, directors Deborah Pope, Darcy Gladwin, Briar March, Jeff Henderson, Jen MacArthur and Alyx Duncan. In 2010 she was offered a commission from Pig Iron Theatre in Philadelphia, USA, which led to subsequent commissions and further collaborations in Philadelphia with Pig Iron, Subcircle Dance Theatre, Ballet X, The Wilma Theater and Green Chair Dance Company. Langabeer has extended her time in the Philadelphia to undertake an artist’s residency, with No Face Performance Group and play music with a variety of local musicians.

DREW BILLIAU (lighting design)
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.

BalletX performances take place at The Wilma Theater, located at Broad & Spruce Streets in Philadelphia, PA.
Click here for tickets, or call The Wilma Theater Box Office at 215-546-7824.

BalletX Summer Series 2014