short films
Welcome to BalletX Beyond
Premiere Date / 09.10.2020 | Run Time: 2:08

Thank you so much for subscribing to BalletX Beyond! As an early subscriber, you receive early access to the site before our official launch on September 23. We hope you enjoy it, and we can’t wait to share this season’s virtual journey into world premiere dance.

Scribble
Choreographer: Loughlan Prior
Premiere Date / 09.23.2020 | Run Time: 7:41

New Zealand choreographer Loughlan Prior’s Scribble features BalletX’s Stanley Glover, Zachary Kapeluck, and Andrea Yorita, with animation and special effects by Glynn Urquhart and original music by Gareth Wiecko.

Scribble is an interdisciplinary dance film which merges the physicality of the human body with animated drawing techniques. The film speaks to the act of creation – the artists passing thoughts are scribbled down and brought to life. Through the medium of choreography designed for the camera, the real world (the dancer) and the imagined (the animated consciousness) coexist within a shared visual landscape.

it's... okay too. Feel
Choreographer: Hope Boykin
Premiere Date / 06.14.2020 | Run Time: 4:34

“While the world is on pause, a career-ending plan cut short, and hatred and anger fueling so many, I’ve got to give myself permission to FEEL. Good, bad, sad, angry, needy or weak; there is always room to find the light through all of the frustration. Forgiveness begins in our own hearts, but it’s okay to feel.” Choreographer Hope Boykin

it’s…okay too. Feel originally premiered on June 14, 2020 at Works & Process at the Guggeneheim.

Lead support from the Wyncote Foundation, at the recommendation of Leonard C. Haas, in addition to the Anne M. & Philip H. Glatfelter, III Family Foundation.

100 Days
Choreographer: Caili Quan
Premiere Date / 06.14.2020 | Run Time: 4:52

“The inspiration behind this work happened a few weeks into the shelter-in-place. Our entire universe shrunk down to the size of our living space. I broke things and hit furniture dancing in my living room while my husband worked in the next room. I wanted to create a work that captured not only the angst and sadness that we all experienced, but also the simple joys in love, companionship and family during the “100 Days” of dancing at home.

Chloe Perkes and her husband, Ammon generously opened up their home and shared their relationship for this project. There’s so much love between them, I wanted to share it with everyone.

Billy Joel’s “The Longest Time” was played on repeat in my house growing up. It was my Dad’s favorite song. The lyrics and melody reflect all facets of life, longing, adoration, and disappointment. I asked Micah Manaitai, a Guam-born and LA-based musician, to collaborate on this project and he covered it beautifully.” Choreographer Caili Quan

100 Days premiered on June 14, 2020 at Works & Process at the Guggenheim.

Lead support from the Wyncote Foundation, at the recommendation of Leonard C. Haas, in addition to the Anne M. & Philip H. Glatfelter, III Family Foundation, Eugene Lefevre & Deborah Boardman, Mary Kirson & Bob Bierman, and Joan DeJean.

Brown Eyes
Choreographer: Penny Saunders
Premiere Date / 06.14.2020 | Run Time: 4:40

“During this pandemic, our sense of control over our lives has been shaken. This prolonged feeling of uncertainty at home can be an unfortunate recipe for increased abuse and oppression for those with preexisting inequities. “Brown Eyes” attempts to go behind closed doors to give us a glimpse of an intimate relationship with an ever shifting and unfair balance of power.

This excerpt will eventually become part of a larger work for film with the artists of BalletX, that will attempt to unravel the archetype of the American cowboy. My hope is to display how this glorified image, that is so ingrained in our North American culture, has been (and still is) a perpetuating factor in messages of racism, patriarchy, homophobia, xenophobia, and gun violence.” Choreographer Penny Saunders

Brown Eyes premiered on June 14, 2020 at Works & Process at the Guggenheim.

Lead support from the Wyncote FounLead support from the Wyncote Foundation, at the recommendation of Leonard C. Haas, in addition to the Anne M. & Philip H. Glatfelter, III Family Foundation.

The Last Glass
Choreographer: Matthew Neenan
Premiere Date / 05.01.2020 | Run Time: 6:46

The BalletX dancers perform the finale of one of the company’s most celebrated works, Matthew Neenan’s The Last Glass, at iconic locations across Philadelphia, including the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Shot and edited by BalletX Associate Artistic Director, Tara Keating.

Woodlands
Choreographer: Matthew Neenan

Coming to BalletX Beyond soon!

BalletX co-founder Matthew Neenan creates an original short film in collaboration with The Woodlands, a historic site and communal backyard in vibrant West Philadelphia.


features
15th Anniversary Documentary
Premiere Date / 09.23.2020 | Run Time: 27:17

Christine Cox and Matthew Neenan founded BalletX in 2005 to put on shows of their own during their summers off from dancing with Pennsylvania Ballet. From humble beginnings, the company has risen to widespread acclaim. Experience BalletX’s impressive trajectory in this 15th Anniversary documentary underscoring the company’s commitment to redefining ballet for the 21st century.

The Under Way (working title)
Choreographer: Rena Butler
Premiere Date / 09.23.2020 | Run Time: 18:27

Rena Butler, 2019 Princess Grace Award winner, presents a world premiere dance film The Under Way (working title) in collaboration with composer Darryl J. Hoffman and filmmaker Tshay, exploring questions around human perception and the process towards psychological freedom.

Filtered through Plato’s Allegory of The Cave from Book VII of The Republic, this home video is an examination of the mental repercussions from The Underground Railroad within present day circumstances.

Love Letter
Choreographer: Caili Quan
Premiere Date / 09.23.2020 | Run Time: 17:17

Former BalletX dancer Caili Quan creates her first feature world premiere on her fellow company members. Filmed by Elliot DeBruyn, Caili’s work is a love letter to Guam featuring music by Harry Belafonte, Harry Kalahiki, and Micah Manaitai, along with songs from Polynesia and Micronesia. The feature was filmed on location in Philadelphia at Natural Lands’ Stoneleigh, The Navy Yard, El Centro de Oro, and Sea Isle City, NJ.

From Caili Quan: “I always wanted to create a piece that is a tribute to home. During the process, Love letter evolved into a reflection not only of Guam but also of Philadelphia. It is a love letter to the people and culture of the island that defined my spirit, and to the city that nurtured my art.”

Ricochet
Choreographer: Penny Saunders
Premiere Date / 09.23.2020 | Run Time: 0:41

Penny Saunders is Resident Choreographer at The Grand Rapids Ballet and a 2016 Princess Grace Choreographic Fellow. Her new virtual world premiere is a collaboration with New York-based videographer Quinn Wharton, filmed on location at Belmont Stables in Philadelphia and rural parts of the Pennsylvania countryside. Michael Wall, founder of soundFORMovement, composes the score.

From Penny Saunders: “For years, the archetype of the American cowboy has been handed down to us in radio, movies, music, and literature, often with little regard for what else accompanies that glorified image and the key stories it leaves out. In Ricochet, I seek to unravel and shed light on what I began to understand as the underlying and sometimes overt messages of racism, patriarchy, homophobia, xenophobia, and gun violence that go hand in hand with our culturally ingrained image of cowboys. When we step back for a wider view, we can begin to imagine new possibilities.”

Still@Life
Choreographer: Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
Premiere Date / 07.23.2008 | Run Time: 22:50

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Inspired by the renaissance paintings and sculptures of Michelangelo, and in particular the frozen moment depicted in a tableau vivant, “Still Alive” or Still@Life is the choreographer’s fantasy of what would happen if one of those paintings came to life. The choreographer uses the development of the artist Michelangelo as a red thread for the structure of her piece, following the start of his career as a sculptor and ending with his painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, which occurs as an explosion of color.


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Big Ones
Choreographer: Trey McIntyre
Premiere Date / 02.10.2016 | Run Time: 32:31

“We are caught in a war between wanting to be great and wanting to be loved.” Choreographer Trey McIntyre

Castrati
Choreographer: Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
Premiere Date / 07.20.2011 | Run Time: 21:33

Castrati reflects on the phenomena of the castrated singers during the 16th-18th century in Spain and Italy. Utterly fascinated by the fate of these men who were maimed in the name of art, Ochoa sets her cast of 7 dancers in the atmosphere of a science lab where the public can observe the 7 last living castrati. The performers are aware that they’re being watched and scrutinized, which gives them a feeling of uneasyness and anguish, but performing is their only purpose. During the creation process the question that arose into the mind of the choreographer is: aren’t dancers also in some sort of way maiming themselves in the name of art in order to entertain the public? To what extent is the public aware of the sufferance of the performing artist and to what extent is the artist setting himself through sufferance for the adulation of the public?

Frequencies
Choreographer: Matthew Neenan
Premiere Date / 08.08.2001 | Run Time: 31:21

A spiritually driven work based on the Biblical story of Jacob. The Philadelphia Inquirer writes, “When dance is like this, it makes me feel as if I were in heaven…a masterpiece!”

M.O.M. My Own Memory
Choreographer: Christine Cox
Premiere Date / 01.11.2000 | Run Time: 19:27

BalletX Artistic & Executive Director and co-Founder, Christine Cox, choreographs a world premiere dedicated to her mother.


photo galleries
15th Anniversary Retrospective

View photos from BalletX’s 15 year history.

Featured Photo: Nicolo Fonte’s “Beautiful Decay” by Bill Hebert

Photos by Bill Hebert and Alexander Iziliaev

Big Ones
Choreographer: Trey McIntyre
Premiere Date / 02.10.2016

View photos from Trey McIntyre’s Big Ones.

Photos by Bill Hebert

Castrati
Choreographer: Annabelle Lopez Ochoa
Premiere Date / 07.20.2011

View photos from Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Castrati.

Photos by Bill Hebert

Frequencies
Choreographer: Matthew Neenan
Premiere Date / 08.08.2001

View photos from Matthew Neenan’s Frequencies.

Photos by Bill Hebert and Alexander Iziliaev

Vivir
Choreographer: Darrell Grand Moultrie
Premiere Date / 03.07.2018

View photos from Darrell Grand Moultrie’s Vivir.

Photos by Bill Hebert


behind the scenes
Virtual Premiere / September 2020
Choreographer: Rena Butler, Loughlan Prior, Caili Quan, Penny Saunders
Premiere Date / 09.23.2020 | Run Time: 54:02

On September 23, 2020, BalletX presented its first live, virtual premiere event, celebrating the world premiere of four dance films by choreographers Rena Butler, Loughlan Prior, Caili Quan, and Penny Saunders. The event featured interviews with the choreographers, clips of their work, and surprise performances by the dancers of BalletX. Watch the event in its entirety, only on BalletX Beyond.

Artist Spotlight with Rena Butler
Choreographer: Rena Butler
Premiere Date / 06.24.2020 | Run Time: 59:25

Check out BalletX’s Artist Spotlight with choreographer Rena Butler and the BalletX dancers, moderated by Christine Cox and featuring video from her world premiere dance film, The Under Way (working title). This event premiered virtually on June 24, 2020, and was presented through lead support from the Wyncote Foundation, at the recommendation of Leonard C. Haas.

en dedans
Choreographer: Gabrielle Lamb

A film by Gabrielle Lamb, featuring the dancers of BalletX.

Conversations / Fall 2019

A moderated conversation during Fall Series 2019, featuring Christine Cox and choreographers Matthew Neenan and Jo Stromgren as they discuss their respective world premieres, Twelve Bells and The Moon. Also featuring Twelve Bells composers, Rosie Langabeer and Tara Middleton.

Conversations / Summer 2019

A moderated conversation during Summer Series 2019, featuring Christine Cox and choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, as they discuss Ochoa’s world premiere, The Little Prince.

Conversations / Spring 2019

A moderated conversation during Spring Series 2019, featuring Christine Cox and choreographers Nicolo Fonte and Katarzyna Skarpetowska as they discuss their respective world premieres, Steep Drop, Euphoric and Off the Canvas.

Conversations / Spring 2018

A moderated conversation during Spring Series 2018, featuring Christine Cox, lighting designer Mark Stanley, and choreographers Matthew Neenan and Darrell Grand Moultrie as they discuss their respective world premieres, Increasing and Vivir.

Conversations / Summer 2017

A moderated conversation during Spring Series 2017, featuring Christine Cox and choreographers Jodie Gates and Matthew Neenan as they discuss their respective world premieres, Beautiful Once and Let Mortal Tongues Awake.

Conversations / Winter 2016

A moderated conversation during Winter Series 2016, featuring dance writer Lisa Kraus and choreographers Matthew Neenan, Yin Yue, and Trey McIntyre as they discuss their respective world premieres, Show Me, One Heartbeat Above One Shadow Below, and Big Ones.


from the dancers
To My Core
Choreographer: Blake Krapels
Premiere Date / 09.10.2020 | Run Time: 4:03

This dancer project was choreographed and performed by Blake Krapels, filmed and edited by Andrea Yorita, and set to music performed by former BalletX dancer, R. Colby Damon.

Back to Bach
Choreographer: Zachary Kapeluck

BalletX dancer Zachary Kapeluck choreographed a duet to dance with fellow company member Francesca Forcella during the early days of the Covid-19 stay-at-home orders. The dancers performed from their respective living spaces, creating the illusion of dancing together through the artful video editing of company member Andrea Yorita. The choreography is set to the music of J.S. Bach.

Park Sonata
Choreographer: Chloe Perkes

BalletX dancer Chloe Perkes met up with Julia Li, violinist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, to perform an improvised solo in Center City’s beautiful Rittenhouse Square. Although the impetus behind the choice of venue was safe social distancing outdoors, we think you’ll agree that the urban park setting on a sunny summer afternoon was a more than fitting space for this collaboration between Chloe and Julia.

Home Again
Choreographer: Zachary Kapeluck

BalletX dancer Zachary Kapeluck created a solo for fellow company member Andrea Yorita. The dance takes place in Zach and Andie’s living space in the days after covid-19’s stay-at-home orders had been lifted but social distancing and mask wearing measures were still advised outside of one’s home by public health officials. The work is set to the London-based songwriter Michael Kiwanuka’s “Home Again.”

Rittenhouse Intrada
Choreographer: Chloe Perkes

BalletX dancer Chloe Perkes met up with Tony Prisk, trumpet player with the Philadelphia Orchestra, to perform an improvised solo in Center City’s beautiful Rittenhouse Square. Although the impetus behind the choice of venue was safe social distancing outdoors, we think you’ll agree that the urban park setting on a sunny summer afternoon was a more than fitting space for this collaboration between Chloe and Tony.

Meet Stanley Glover

Learn 13 things about BalletX company dancer, Stanley Glover!

Express Workshop
Choreographer: Lil Buck

Follow along as BalletX company dancer Stanley Glover leads us in a 2-minute workshop from Lil Buck’s 2018 world premiere, Express.

Meet Zachary Kapeluck

Get to know more about BalletX company dancer, Zachary Kapeluck!

Meet Andrea Yorita

Get to know BalletX company dancer, Andrea Yorita!

Steep Drop, Euphoric Workshop
Choreographer: Nicolo Fonte

Follow along as BalletX company dancers Andrea Yorita and Zachary Kapeluck leads us in a 2-minute workshop from Nicolo Fonte’s 2019 world premiere, Steep Drop, Euphoric.

Meet Richard Villlaverde

Get to know more about BalletX company dancer, Richard Villaverde!

Schachmatt Workshop
Choreographer: Cayetano Soto

Follow along as BalletX company dancer Richard Villaverde leads us in a 2-minute workshop from Cayetano Soto’s Schachmatt.

Meet Chloe Perkes

Get to know more about BalletX company dancer, Chloe Perkes!

The Last Glass Workshop
Choreographer: Matthew Neenan

Follow along as BalletX company dancer Chloe Perkes leads us in a 2-minute workshop from Matthew Neenan’s 2010 world premiere The Last Glass.

Meet Roderick Phifer

Get to know more about BalletX company dancer, Roderick Phifer!

The Boogeyman Workshop
Choreographer: Trey McIntyre

Follow along as BalletX company dancer Roderick Phifer leads us in a 2-minute workshop from Trey McIntyre’s 2018 world premiere The Boogeyman.

Meet Francesca Forcella

Get to know more about BalletX company dancer, Francesca Forcella!

Increasing Workshop
Choreographer: Matthew Neenan

Follow along as BalletX company dancer Francesca Forcella leads us in a 2-minute workshop from Matthew Neenan’s world premiere Increasing.

Meet Skyler Lubin

Get to know more about BalletX company dancer, Skyler Lubin!

Gran Partita Workshop
Choreographer: Jorma Elo

Follow along as BalletX company dancer Skyler Lubin leads us in a 2-minute workshop from Jorma Elo’s world premiere Gran Partita.

Meet Blake Krapels

Get to know more about BalletX company dancer, Blake Krapels!