Winter Series 2016
At The Wilma Theater
265 S. Broad St., Philadelphia
Box Office: 215-546-7824
BalletX Choreographic Fellowship - Trey McIntyre (World Premiere), Choreographic Fellow (World Premiere)
In April 2015, BalletX launched its Choreographic Fellowship, a new program funded by the Wyncote Foundation that gives an emerging choreographer the opportunity to create a new work on BalletX under the mentorship of world-renowned choreographer Trey McIntyre. An international search began, and Yin Yue was selected from a pool of 50 applicants as the Choreographic Fellow. In the months of January and February 2016, Yueand McIntyre will work side-by-side to each create a world premiere for BalletX’s Winter Series 2016.
In his 25-year career, Trey McIntyre has created nearly 100 world premiere ballets for leading dance companies around the globe, including American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, and Moscow Ballet Theatre, to name a few. Known for his “fresh unpredictability” (Dance Magazine) and distinct contemporary flare within the classical ballet idiom, McIntyre has won countless international awards, including the Choo-San Goh Award for Choreography, two NEA grants, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Society of Arts and Letters. A choreographer, filmmaker, and photographer, McIntyre is also the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the prolific multidisciplinary group The Trey McIntyre Project, hailed by critics and audiences alike for its artistic and organizational success. “An excellent craftsman [with a] refreshing openness in his works” (The New York Times), McIntyre’s recognizable style infuses athleticism and detailed coordinations of the body, with a strong connection to music.
Born and raised in Shanghai, China, Yin Yue studied classical ballet and Chinese folk dance at Shanghai Normal University. In 2005, she moved to New York City to pursue an MFA in contemporary dance at New York University’s Tisch School of The Arts. Her work has been presented at venues such as Jacob’s Pillow Inside Out Festival, New York International Fringe Festival, and New York Live Arts, and she has won several choreographic competitions including, Hubbard Street 2’s International Commissioning Project, Northwest Dance Project’s Annual Pretty Creative Choreographic Competition, and Springboard Danse Montreal’s Emerging Choreographer Award. Yue’s distinct movement style combines grounded floor work with circular isolations to create a rhythmic interpretation of the ballet idiom. She pulls from her Chinese heritage to create a multicultural dance experience that is ever-evolving and uniquely engaging.
Matthew Neenan - East Coast Premiere
Winter Series 2016 will also feature BalletX Co-Founder Matthew Neenan’s work Show Me, which will have its world premiere this August at the 2015 Vail International Dance Festival. Set to the music of string quintet Brooklyn Rider, Show Me, incorporates quirky movements that create an otherworldly community in which couples and quartets move around the stage with ease and lightness. Pulling from the contemporary country western style of Brooklyn Rider’s 2013 album Alamanac, Show Me captures the BalletX dancers’ idiosyncratic personalities in new and unusual ways, framed within Neenan’s whimsical movement vocabulary.
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