Original Music by Rosie Langabeer
Penny Saunders and Rosie Langabeer’s world premiere collaboration blends found sound, haunting melody, and a live music trio (featuring members of Sun Ra Arkestra and West Philadelphia Orchestra) to explore transience and permanence, destiny and free will. Saunders won the 2016 Princess Grace Choreographic Fellowship, previously creating on Hubbard Street Dance, Whim W’him, and Grand Rapids Ballet. Langabeer is a Barrymore Award winner for Outstanding Music and Musical Direction, and co-created Matthew Neenan’s Sunset, o639 Hours (2014).
2018 Choreographic Mentor
Matthew Neenan’s new work is set to Mendelssohn’s Songs without Words, performed live by Martha Koeneman (principal pianist, Pennsylvania Ballet). Neenan has revealed the work’s libretto comes in the form of a mysterious prop puzzle/set piece, which the dancers appear to solve together on stage, opening the piece to metaphoric possibilities beyond what meets the eye, and examining our perceptions of stillness and movement, object and person, conflict and resolution.
2018 Choreographic Fellow
Andrew McNicol’s lifelong love of Mozart’s Requiem and his fascination with the energy, physicality and fast pace of dance in the U.S. forms the underlying inspiration for his world premiere with BalletX. Chosen from a competitive pool of international applicants, McNicol has created work for The London Olympics, The New York Choreographic Institute and The Royal Ballet of Flanders, and is described as “talented beyond his years” by Ballet News.
The Choreographic Fellowship is made possible by generous support from David Haas and the Wyncote Foundation.