BalletX Fall Series 2018 features 3 World Premieres by international choreographers Marguerite Donlon, Wubkje Kuindersma and Cayetano Soto.
Berlin-based Irish choreographer Marguerite Donlon’s World Premiere The Last Lifeboat tells the true story of her grand-aunt, Kate Gilnagh, who survived the Titanic sinking. Featuring a recording of Gilnagh’s firsthand account interwoven with original music by Dirk Haubrich, The Last Lifeboat is part of a larger narrative about emigration and the will to live. Donlon is known for creating characters that are “living, breathing human being[s]” (Huffington Post), and has premiered works on Stuttgart Ballet, Berlin Ballet, and Bolshoi Ballet.
Wubkje Kuindersma contemplates the impact of climate, such as rising sea levels, on our individual and collective horizons in Yonder. Hailing from the Netherlands – where nearly a third of the country sits below sea level – Kuindersma is uniquely positioned to share her point of view. She has been called a “new name to watch,” recognized for expressing “intimacy with a light touch” (Financial Times) in her previous works with Dantzaz, Danish Dance Theatre, and Dutch National Ballet. Yonder marks her first World Premiere on a U.S. company.
Barcelona-based choreographer Cayetano Soto won over BalletX audiences in recent years with his ballets Malasangre and Schachmatt. He returns for his first World Premiere on the company with Napoleon/Napoleon; a work that explores imperialism through the lens of satire and his signature style, “bursting with inventive choreography and physical comic magic” (Huffington Post). Soto’s choreography has appeared on Royal Ballet of Flanders, Balé da Cidade de São Paulo, and Companhia Nacional de Bailado.
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