Penny Saunders, winner of the 2016 Princess Grace Choreographic Fellowship, joins us for her first world premiere on BalletX this summer, after creating work on such companies as Whim W’him and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Saunders will collaborate with Rosie Langabeer – co-creator and composer of one of BalletX’s signature works, Sunset, o639 Hours – who will perform original music on stage with additional guest musicians.
Matthew Neenan, recognized by The New York Times as “one of the strange originals of American ballet,” has hinted that his new Summer Series ballet will center around a mysterious dinner party, and other situations, in which participants are commonly seated in close quarters next to each other. He plans to explore the marriage of different languages and movement that occurs when people of diverse backgrounds navigate various social conventions.
In his capacity as BalletX’s Choreographic Mentor this year, Neenan will additionally work closely with Choreographic Fellow, Andrew McNicol, also creating a world premiere on the company for Summer Series. Chosen for the Fellowship from a competitive pool of international applicants, McNicol has created work for The New York Choreographic Institute and is described as “talented beyond his years” by Ballet News.
The BalletX Choreographic Fellowship is generously supported by the Wyncote Foundation.