Fall Series 2012
November 7-11, 2012
MATTHEW NEENAN – Switch Phase, East Coast Premiere
BalletX Co-Artistic Director Matthew Neenan presented the World Premiere of Switch Phase at the Vail International Dance Festival in August 2012 with the BalletX company, and he returns home to Philadelphia this November for the work’s East Coast Premiere at Fall Series 2012. The New York Times praised Switch Phase for its “modern folk style,” calling the performance “appealing…powerfully bending…and especially refreshing.” Neenan has been recognized for his choreographic achievements with prestigious awards and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through Dance Advance, Choo San Goh Foundation, Jerome Robbins Foundation New Essential Works (NEW) Program, and others.
KATE WATSON-WALLACE – World Premiere
Kate Watson-Wallace is a Philadelphia-based choreographer and director, who co-founded the art collective, anonymous bodies in 2007. Watson-Wallace creates site-based performances that re-imagine our everyday spaces. Her notable works include HOUSE (a performance inside of an abandoned row home), CAR (which takes place inside of a moving vehicle), and STORE (a performance installation about American greed). Watson-Wallace has choreographed music videos for indie legends Animal Collective, Black Dice, Dead Skeletons, and Spaceship Aloha, and filmed versions of her choreography have appeared at Dance Theater Workshop, The National Building Museum, and The PDP Motion Pictures Series. She is the recipient of a Pew Fellowship in the Arts in Choreography, and has received awards and grants from the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage through Dance Advance, The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and others. Watson-Wallace will have her BalletX debut at Fall Series 2012, where she will direct the company in a World Premiere.
MAURO ASTOLFI – World Premiere
Italian-based choreographer Mauro Astolfi has pioneered an original dance style and language that reflects his unique and constantly evolving interpretation of contemporary movement. After an extended residency in the United States ending in 1994, Astolfi returned to Rome to establish the Spellbound Contemporary Ballet. The company acts as a channel to express his personal view of today’s choreographic language and serves as an inspiration for many young and emerging choreographers. Spellbound, currently a leader in the international dance scene, combines Astolfi’s personal portfolio with the technical excellence of its dancers to create a high profile model that is strongly focused on producing the highest quality of productions. Astolfi’s works have appeared internationally in France, Serbia, Thailand, Spain, Austria, United States, Germany, and elsewhere. He joins BalletX for his company debut at Fall Series 2012, where he will direct a World Premiere.
Spring Series 2013
April 17-21, 2013
OLIVIER WEVERS – World Premiere
Brussels-born dancer, choreographer, and director Olivier Wevers founded the Seattle-based dance Whim W’Him in 2009 in order to create a platform for dance innovation. Prior to establishing the company, Wevers performed as a principal dancer with prestigious companies including Pacific Northwest Ballet (PNB) and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. He was awarded a 2011 Princess Grace Choreography Fellowship, and his works have been featured in many dance festivals including the 2007 Prix de Lausanne Gala in Tokyo, PNB’s Laugh Out Loud Festival, White Bird’s 4x4’s Ballet Project, Against the Grain/Men in Dance, and Seattle’s Bumbershoot Festival. After choreographing works for various companies in Canada, Japan, and the United States, Wevers will make his BalletX debut at Spring Series 2013 with a new World Premiere.
GABRIELLE LAMB – World Premiere
Gabrielle Lamb is an American dancer and choreographer, who currently dances with Pontus Lidberg Dance in New York. She previously performed with the Finnish National Ballet, Boston Ballet, Cleveland Ballet, and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, among others. She is the winner of the 2009 National Choreographic Competition of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and her film en dedans, an exploration of dancers’ dreams and experiences, was created with BalletX in 2011 and was featured by The Film Society of Lincoln Center and Dance Films Association’s 2012 Dance on Camera event. Lamb returns to BalletX in April for Spring Series 2013, where she will present a World Premiere with the company.
TOBIN DEL CUORE – World Premiere
Tobin Del Cuore, an accomplished dancer, choreographer and graduate of the Juilliard School of Dance, has danced with Aszure Barton & Artists, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, The Lyric Opera of Chicago, Mark Morris Dance Group, and Norwegian Cruise Lines. He has choreographed works for the West Australian Ballet, Hawaii’s Mid-Pacific Institute, and others. In 2010, Del Cuore joined BalletX as a dancer, and during that time he choreographed the world premiere of Beside Myself. This BalletX favorite returned to the stage of The Wilma Theater in summer 2012 in an updated version that received rave reviews. Del Cuore now returns to BalletX with warm welcome to showcase a second World Premiere with the company at Spring Series 2013.
Summer Series 2013
July 10-14, 2012
NICOLO FONTE – Beautiful Decay (working title), World Premiere
Nicolo Fonte is known in the international dance community for his daring and original approach to choreography. He has danced with Peridance in New York City, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal, and Nacho Duato’s Compania Nacional de Danza in Madrid, and he has choreographed works for select international companies including the Dutch National Ballet and Australian Ballet. He received a Choo San Goh Award for Almost Tango, a 2002 collaboration with Pacific Northwest Ballet, of which the Seattle Post-Intelligencer called Fonte “a thinker, an architect who creates the new rather than reinventing the old. He is a master of manipulating space and creating relationships.”
Beautiful Decay will be BalletX’s first evening-length ballet by a guest choreographer. Complete with costumes and set, it will explore through dance what it means for an individual to grow older. Beautiful Decay will receive its world premiere at Summer Series 2013 and will mark Fonte’s company debut with BalletX.
For more information on BalletX’s 2012-2013 Season, please call The Wilma Theater Box Office at 215-546-7824.