Summer Series 2018
Jul 11-22
Penny Saunders, Matthew Neenan, Andrew McNicol (2018 Choreographic Fellow)

Penny Saunders
World Premiere
Original Music by Rosie Langabeer

Penny Saunders and Rosie Langabeer’s world premiere collaboration, Rock-a-Bye, blends found sound, haunting melody, and a live music trio, featuring Tara Middleton (Sun Ra Arkestra) and Gregg Mervine (West Philadelphia Orchestra) to paint the portrait of time and fate’s impact on a close-knit family and its matriarch. 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).

Matthew Neenan
World Premiere
2018 Choreographic Mentor

Matthew Neenan’s new work, Situated, is set to Mendelssohn’s Songs without Words, performed live by Martha Koeneman (principal pianist, Pennsylvania Ballet). Neenan has revealed the work’s narrative comes in the form of a mysterious prop puzzle of chairs, which the dancers appear to engage with and solve together, as a series of vignettes unfold onstage. Neenan is the co-founder of BalletX, and has choreographed many of the company’s signature works, including Sunset, o639 Hours, The Last Glass, and Increasing

Andrew McNicol
World Premiere
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. form the underlying inspiration for his world premiere with BalletX. His piece Requiem explores life, love, loss, and the power of nature. 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.

Video gallery: Previous works by Penny Saunders, Matthew Neenan, and Andrew McNicol
Show schedule
Wednesday July 11 8:00 PM
Pre-Show Q&A with Artistic Collaborators, 7:00pm
Thursday July 12 8:00 PM
Post-Show Q&A with Choreographers
Friday July 13 8:00 PM
Saturday July 14 2:00 PM
Saturday July 14 8:00 PM
Sunday July 15 2:00 PM
Wednesday July 18 8:00 PM
Thursday July 19 8:00 PM
Young Xers Night, 7:00pm
Friday July 20 8:00 PM
Saturday July 21 2:00 PM
Saturday July 21 8:00 PM
Sunday July 22 2:00 PM
The Wilma Theater
265 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

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