It’s crunch time as the dancers of BalletX revive repertory from their 2018 Spring Series to be performed at Halcyon Stage this weekend in Washington D.C. The company will perform Trey McIntyre’s The Boogeyman and Darrell Grand Moultrie’s Vivir. The studio’s atmosphere is bustling since the company has only one more day to finish ‘cleaning’ the dances before their performance on Friday, June 22nd.

Interview with Andrew McNicol

“My intention is to create layers of meaning and offer multiple ways to connect with the work in the most inclusive way I can.”

Lil Buck and Dance eXchange

Lil Buck addressed Dance eXchange students during a recent visit to the Center for World Premiere Choreography.

Lil Buck in the Studio

BalletX recently welcomed Memphis jookin’ dance superstar Lil Buck to Philly for the company’s first major collaboration in its new home, the Center for World Premiere Choreography.

Interview: Manfred Fischbeck

“Limited range of movement does not mean a limit in expressiveness.”

Interview: Brigitta Herrmann

“Age is not the end of being a dancer.”

Interview: Hellmut Gottschild

“For me it is an almost tactile relationship with those in the audience. We give and receive.”

Interview with Brenda Dixon Gottschild

As I have said in one of my lectures, “dance is a language that is illegible in literal translation.” The clues that Fonte gives in his title are enough: beautiful, and decay.

Summer Series program note

Read the Summer Series 2017 Program Note by Lisa Kraus

Spring Series program note

Read the Spring Series 2017 Program Note by Lisa Kraus

Behind the Scenes of Spring Series 2017 | eXposure, EPISODE 03

BalletX dancers discuss their new roles in Matthew Neenan’s ‘The Last Glass’

Behind the Scenes of Spring Series 2017 | eXposure, EPISODE 02

Watch excerpts of Tommie-Waheed Evans’ ‘In Between the Passing…’

Behind The Scenes of Spring Series 2017 | eXposure, EPISODE 01

Watch Video of Cayetano Soto’s ‘Schachmatt’

The monologue from R. Colby Damon’s ‘On the Mysterious Properties of Light’

Read the complete monologue from R. Colby Damon’s ‘On the Mysterious Properties of Light’ as performed by dancer Zachary Kapeluck, including select sections of the monologue performed by dancer Caili Quan and fellow BalletX members.

BalletX Winter Series 2017 Program Notes by Lisa Kraus

How many celebrated choreographers are also playwrights and theater directors who stage powerful productions of Ibsen?

Interview: R. Colby Damon

We recently sat down with R. Colby Damon to discuss his upcoming world premiere at BalletX’s Winter Series 2017.

Sunset as Tara Keating Sees It

It’s toured to the Vail International Dance Festival, to the Joyce Theater in New York, and, this past summer, to dance mecca Jacob’s Pillow. Why is this work so in demand by prestigious venues?

Interview: Neil Feather, Sound Mechanic

My instruments are designed to… reward play and exploration… Sensuality and irreproducible results are important elements. I want to make possible music that has never been heard before.

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Interview: Kate Carr, Dance eXchange

“By adding dance into the school day, students may find they understand math concepts from a different perspective, as well as build strong relationships with each other through teamwork.”

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Blog: Dedication and Camaraderie

The dancers of BalletX showed their dedication and camaraderie during this late afternoon rehearsal. While Ochoa was rehearsing the men, the ladies kept busy by practicing pointe work for a different section.

Blog: Surrealist

Uncertainty breathes life into this performance. We open on a door-to-door salesman, but the ring of a doorbell quickly unravels into a surrealist scene. The panels are the doors, and with each frustrated prompt of the salesman, these doors reveal something unexpected.

Blog: Picture Day

Two pairs of dancers are up next. The first pair is animalistic, their dance is almost aggressive, a little primal. The second pair is sensual, bordering the erotic. Again we are called to compare and contrast the relationships depicted for us. What do they reflect about human nature? This is one of the attributes of great art— it calls us to question and reflect on our own nature, the innermost part of our being.

Blog: A Dynamic Work in Progress

The piece utilizes all ten members of the company, but the section I observed primarily consisted of seamlessly interwoven solos, duets, and trios.

Blog: Alien

The relationship between the two characters is also important— you quickly notice how the second dancer chases after the first dancer in an effort to care for her, only to be left coldly in the end. Rawness and honesty are what is left for you once the dance ends.

Blog: Juxtapositions

The dancing felt like a natural mimicry of human breath and vulnerability, characteristics that were amplified by the accompanying music.