Have you ever wondered how a dancer remembers so many steps? …where a choreographer finds inspiration?...or what the difference is between contemporary ballet and modern dance? This season we bring you The X-Process, a new program designed to enhance your dance experience with answers to all these questions and more. Featuring interactive lectures, artist conversations, and a new company blog, The X-Process takes you behind the scenes to learn how we turn ballet into BalletX.
Conversations with the Artists
Conversations with the Artists is an open forum for BalletX artists and collaborators that gives an in-depth look at the creative process behind world premiere choreography. Moderated by esteemed Philadelphia dance writer and critic Lisa Kraus.
Join us for an interactive lecture and demonstration over pizza and beer, led by Artistic & Executive Director Christine Cox. Dive into the world of the South Pacific for an in-depth look into the creation of Sunset, o639 Hours. A full-length production that premiered in the summer of 2014, Sunset, o639 Hours is inspired by the forgotten story of Captain Edwin Musick and his tragic 1938 flight across the Pacific. The X-Process brings together three key collaborators from Sunset, o639 Hours – Co-Creator and Choreographer Matthew Neenan, Co-Creator and Composer Rosie Langabeer, and Contributing Writer and Musician Andrew Mars – as they provide insight into the creative process from the spark of an idea, to the rehearsal studio, to its inception on stage.
This event is part of The X Process, BalletX's unique audience engagement initiative designed to enhance your dance experiences.
Lisa Kraus's career has included performing with Trisha Brown, choreographing and performing for her own company and as an independent, teaching at universities and arts centers, presenting the work of other artists as Coordinator of the Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series, and writing reviews, features and essays on dance for internet and print publication. Dancing with the Trisha Brown Dance Company from 1977-82, she continues to restage Brown's work at venues including the Paris Opera Ballet and Venice Biennale. She was on the faculty of the European Dance Development Center in the Netherlands for a decade and has received numerous fellowships and presenting opportunities for her own choreography. Her writing has been published in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Dance Magazine, Dance Research Journal and Contact Quarterly among others. She was a 2010 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow in Dance Criticism and in 2011 co-founded thINKingDANCE, an online dance journal and dance writers' training scheme based in Philadelphia.
Can’t make The X-Process events? Watch replays of Conversation with the Artists and The X-Process and get an inside look at the creative process on The X-Blog.
Watch the Winter Series 2015, “The X-Process” lecture and demonstration. Featuring BalletX Artistic & Executive Director Christine Cox, choreographer Norbert De La Cruz III, Pennsylvania Ballet Principal Dancer Lauren Fadeley, and BalletX Dancer Andrea Yorita.
Check out the Winter Series 2015 Conversation with the Artists discussion, featuring choreographer Norbert De La Cruz III, costume designer Mario Talan, and composer Ben Juodvalkis; moderated by author and dance writer Lisa Kraus.
WatchFall Series 2014, "The X-Process” lecture and demonstration. Featuring BalletX Artistic & Executive Director Christine Cox and BalletX Dancers Zachary Kapeluck and Skyler Lubin, led by dance writer Lisa Kraus.
Check out Fall Series 2014’s Conversation with the Artists, featuring BalletX Co-Founder Matthew Neenan and choreographer Jorma Elo, moderated by author and dance writer Lisa Kraus.
Watch Summer Series 2014, “The X-Process” lecture and demonstration. Featuring BalletX Co-Founder Matthew Neenan and BalletX Dancer Colby Damon, led by dance critic Elizabeth Zimmer BalletX Artistic & Executive Director Christine Cox.
Check out Summer Series 2014’s Conversation with the Artists, featuring BalletX Co-Artistic Director Matthew Neenan, composer Rosie Langabeer, set designer Maiko Matsushima, and costume designer Christine Darch, moderated by author and dance critic Elizabeth Zimmer.
Check out Winter Series 2014’s Conversation with the Artists, featuring BalletX Co-Artistic and Executive Director Christine Cox, choreographers Joshua L. Peugh and James Gregg, and author and dance critic Elizabeth Zimmer:
Watch Winter Series 2014’s "The X-Process" lecture. Led by dance critic and author Elizabeth Zimmer this lecture featured BalletX Co-Artistic and Executive Director Christine Cox,Group Motion Artistic Director Manfred Fischbeck, BalletX dancers Francesca Forcella and Richard Villaverde, and Group Motion dancer Ellie Goudie-Averill.
Check out Fall Series 2013’s Conversation with the Artists, featuring BalletX Co-Artistic Directors Christine Cox and Matthew Neenan, choreographers Adam Barruch and Gabrielle Lamb, and author and dance critic Elizabeth Zimmer:
Watch Fall Series 2013’s "The X-Process" lecture featuring BalletX Co-Artistic Directors Christine Cox and Matthew Neenan, Pennsylvania Ballet’s Artistic Director Roy Kaiser, author and dance critic Elizabeth Zimmer, and BalletX dancers Chloe Felesina and Richard Villaverde, as they discuss ballet from the perspective of the audience:
Click here for Elizabeth Zimmer’s tips on how to watch dance and her suggested reading list.
The X-Process is made possible by a generous grant from Engaging Dance Audiences administered by Dance/USA.