Winter Series 2015
At The Wilma Theater
265 S. Broad St., Philadelphia
Box Office: 215-546-7824
Norbert De La Cruz III – World Premiere
A young rising star who seamlessly connects classical steps with modern contortions, Norbert De La Cruz III is a 2010 graduate of The Julliard School and former dancer with the Metropolitan Opera House, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. De La Cruz has already received significant recognition for his choreography, including a 2012 Princess Grace Foundation Award and a 2012 Jerome Robbins Foundation’s NEW Essential Works Grant. He was also the 2013 winner of Hubbard Street 2’s National Choreographic Competition. De La Cruz is “…as much a poet as he is a craftsman” (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) and his world premiere for BalletX will feature original music by San Francisco-based composer Ben Joudvalkis.
Val Caniparoli – Triptych (Company Premiere)
Based on the series of photographs entitled We Are The Not Dead by Lalage Snow, Val Caniparoli’s haunting work Triptych first premiered in 2013 by Amy Seiwert’s Imagery in San Francisco. The ballet features gestures inspired by the wartime photographs as the dancers move fluidly from regulated military formations to free flowing movements of personal expression. San Francisco Ballet has been Caniparoli’s artistic home for over 40 years, and he has created work for more than 45 companies including Pacific Northwest Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, Atlanta Ballet and The Washington Ballet. Rooted in classicism, “Caniparoli excels at making highly technical ballet steps fit organically into a contemporary context” (The San Francisco Chronicle).
Cayetano Soto – Malasangre (U.S. Premiere)
Spanish choreographer Cayetano Soto has been creating work primarily in Europe since 2002 and is “one of the leading young choreographers of contemporary dance” (The Huffington Post). Soto’s work is known for its emotional complexity and unique dance vocabulary, and is now in high demand all over the world. His piece Malasangre first premiered in January 2013 by Gauthier Dance/Dance Company Theaterhaus Stuttgart. An homage to the Cuban singer La Lupe, this piece features exaggerated movements and extensions coupled with sexiness and humor.
Amy Seiwert – It’s Not A Cry (2011)
It’s Not A Cry, choreographed by Amy Seiwert, premiered on BalletX in 2011 after receiving its original debut at Sacramento Ballet in 2009. Set to Jeff Buckley’s rendition of Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen, It’s Not A Cry resonated with BalletX audiences, compelling Broad Street Review to claim: “Amy Seiwert displayed dance at its most powerful”. This gripping portrait of a struggling relationship explores the passing of strength between partners and captures the human essence with honesty and grace. Seiwert, a former dancer with Sacramento Ballet, has been active in the dance community for nearly two decades. She has created work for companies including BalletMet, Washington Ballet, and Atlanta Ballet, and is currently an Artist in Residence at ODC Theater in San Francisco.
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
Ben Juodvalkis- Composer
After receiving his BA in music from UC Santa Cruz in 2005, Ben Juodvalkis moved to San Francisco to pursue music and composition. Since 2007 he has composed more than 50 pieces for dance companies across the United States, and recently expanded into film scoring, interactive museum installations, and musical theater. Additionally Ben has released 5 albums and toured extensively with his rock band Battlehooch.