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The X-Process

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
Fall Series, November 19, 2014
7:00pm in The Wilma Theater lobby (Replayed 45 minutes before each performance)

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.

A Pie, A Pint & The Process
Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 4:00pm Buy Tickets
Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 4:00pm
Saturday, July 11, 2015 at 4:00pm

Join us for an interactive lecture and demonstration over pizza and beer. Each series will explore a new perspective of contemporary ballet with the voices of the BalletX artistic staff and special guests. Fall Series will feature Artistic Director Christine Cox as she describes the process of designing a performance season form conversation to commission.

This event is part of The X Process, BalletX's unique audience engagement initiative designed to enhance your dance experiences.

Tickets are only $5

Conversations with the Artist and A Pie, A Pint, & The Process are moderated by acclaimed Philadelphia dance writer Lisa Kraus.

Lisa Kraus

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 A Pie, A Pint & The Process and get an inside look at the creative process on The X-Blog.

Watch Summer Series 2014, “A Pie, A Pint & The 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 A Pie, A Pint & The 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:

Conversation with the Artists

Watch Fall Series 2013’s A Pie, A Pint & The 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:

A Pie, A Pint & The Process

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.