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).
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.
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.