BalletX presents 7 premieres by award-winning choreographers from around the world at The Wilma Theater on Philadelphia's Avenue of the Arts.
Join BalletX for a truly monumental season of dance.
FALL SERIES 2018 (NOV 28-DEC 9)
Marguerite Donlon, World Premiere
Marguerite Donlon is internationally recognized for her commitment to raising awareness of environmental issues, such as ocean plastics pollution, in her work. Donlon has created ballets on dance companies worldwide, including Nederlands Dans Theater 2, Stuttgart Ballet, Berlin Ballet, and Bolshoi Ballet. She founded and curated the international dance festival N.O.W. Dance Saar, and remains active in educational outreach, founding the youth dance project iMove.
Sonya Tayeh, World Premiere
Sonya Tayeh is a Los Angeles- and New York-based choreographer whose work has appeared on Martha Graham Dance Company, Malpaso Dance Company, and Los Angeles Ballet. Tayeh has choreographed for such pop music stars as Miley Cyrus, Florence and the Machine, and Kyle Minogue. She is known for her Emmy-nominated work on Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance, and as choreographer on the recently announced Broadway adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 film, Moulin Rouge.
Cayetano Soto, World Premiere
Cayetano Soto is a Barcelona-based choreographer whose work has been performed on companies around the world, including Royal Ballet of Flanders, Balé da Cidade de São Paulo, and Companhia Nacional de Bailado. He was appointed the Resident Choreographer of Ballet BC for three seasons in 2015. Soto served as mentor to BalletX’s 2017 Choreographic Fellow, and his pieces Schachmatt and Malasangre have become audience favorites in the BalletX repertory.
SPRING SERIES 2019 (MAR 6-17)
Nicolo Fonte, World Premiere
Nicolo Fonte returns for his third work with BalletX, following his previous critically-acclaimed full-evening ballets, 2013’s Beautiful Decay (recently revived by BalletX in 2017) and 2015’s Beasts. Fonte has created works for such prestigious companies as Dutch National Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Royal Ballet of Flanders, Perm Tchaikovsky Ballet, and Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, among many others, and is currently Resident Choreographer with Ballet West and Oregon Ballet Theatre. Fonte will mentor BalletX’s 2019 Choreographic Fellow.
Lil Buck, East Coast Premiere
Memphis jookin’ superstar Lil Buck’s work combines elements of jookin’ with ballet – a style that he developed during his time at New Ballet Ensemble – and includes his signature footwork, which has been described as pointe technique in sneakers. Lil Buck first rose to prominence in a viral video capturing his impromptu rendition of The Dying Swan, accompanied by Yo-Yo Ma. Lil Buck’s collaborations with Mikhail Baryshnikov, Benjamin Millepied, Madonna, and Cirque du Soleil have led to widespread recognition.
2019 Choreographic Fellow, World Premiere
BalletX’s Choreographic Fellow is selected from a competitive field of international candidates each year to create a world premiere on BalletX under the guidance of an accomplished Choreographic Mentor. Nicolo Fonte will serve as the 2019 mentor. Previous fellows have included Yin Yue, Tommie-Waheed Evans, and Andrew McNicol. The Choreographic Fellowship is made possible by generous support from David Haas and Wyncote Foundation.
SUMMER SERIES 2019 (JUL 10-21)
Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, World Premiere
Columbian-Belgian choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa returns for a new, evening-length ballet, inspired by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s Le Petit Prince. Translated into over 250 languages worldwide, Saint-Exupéry’s classic novella follows an aviator downed in the desert who encounters a mysterious Prince from a faraway asteroid pining for a single rose. Ochoa has choreographed on over fifty dance companies, including Dutch National Ballet, Ballet Nacional Dominicano, Ballet Hispanico, San Francisco Ballet, and New York City Ballet.
Call or visit The Wilma Theater Box Office at 215-546-7824 / 265 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107.
Single Tickets available Fall, 2018.