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, Yue and 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 had its world premiere in August at the 2015 Vail International Dance Festival. Set to the music of string quartet 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 designs include Red Eye to Havre de Grace at New York Theater Workshop; Zombie Strippers for NYMTF; Cherokee and Bootycandy for the Wilma Theater; Tea: A Mirror of Soul for Vancouver Opera; The Magic Flute for Pittsburgh Opera; The Train Driver, Hamlet, and Henry V for Lantern Theater Company; La Boheme, Carmen, Turandot, Fidelio, Porgy and Bess, and Madame Butterfly for Opera Philadelphia; The Melting Bride, Flamingo Winnebago, and Whale Optics for Lucidity Suitcase; Abduction of Seraglio for Teatri of Treviso; Red Speedo, Cock, Iron, and The English Bride for Theater Exile; Fatebook and Prom for New Paradise Laboratories; Charlotte's Web, Frog and Toad, and All My Sons for Arden Theatre Company; and Beasts, Sunset, o639 Hours, Beautiful Decay, Instant God, The Last Glass, Risk of Flight, and Silt for BalletX. Drew is the Technical Production Manager at Opera Philadelphia and an Associate Designer in the corporate lighting firm Fine Design Associates.