Summer Series at the Mann
Jun. 24-26
Hope Boykin, Matthew Neenan, and Dwight Rhoden

BalletX, Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet, returns to the stage for a limited 4-show engagement at TD Pavilion at the Mann, featuring new, never-before-seen works by choreographers Hope Boykin, Matthew Neenan, and Dwight Rhoden.

Parking is free, and guests are encouraged to bring picnics to enjoy on the Mann’s lawn, starting one hour before the show!

Hope Boykin → World Premiere

Hope Boykin, who The New York Times describes as a “poetic force” who “radiates power in her fearless, generous dancing,” was a former dancer with Philadanco and a 20-year company member with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater until her retirement in 2020. Boykin makes her BalletX debut with a world premiere set to original music by composer Ali Jackson, master musician and former Drum Chair of Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Her new work, entitled IN The Distance, is not where the journey ends, but simply another starting point – a place for us all to begin… again.

Matthew Neenan → World Premiere

Matthew Neenan, co-Founder of BalletX and “one of America’s best dance poets,” according to The New York Times, has choreographed on New York City Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Washington Ballet, among countless others. Neenan’s work has been hailed by The Philadelphia Inquirer for its “tremendous power, grace, and style.” He returns to BalletX with a world premiere set to the music of legendary composer Stephen Sondheim, including Finishing the Hat arranged by Steve Reich and That Old Piano Roll arranged by Wynton Marsalis.

Dwight Rhoden → World Premiere

Dwight Rhoden is the acclaimed Founding Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer of Complexions Contemporary Ballet, who has been praised by The New York Times as “one of the most sought out choreographers of the day.” Rhoden has created over 80 ballets for Complexions, as well as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Joffrey Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and many more. His new work challenges the BalletX dancers to deconstruct and reimagine classical movement to spotlight the grit and grace that our relationships must endure during challenging times.

Summer Series is presented with lead support from the Alphadyne Foundation, William Penn Foundation, Wyncote Foundation, and J. Watkins Fund for the Arts and Education.

Dwight Rhoden Premiere: Rehearsal Photography
Performance Schedule
Thursday June 24 7:30pm
Friday June 25 7:30pm
Saturday June 26 2:00pm
Saturday June 26 7:30pm
TD Pavilion at the Mann
5201 Parkside Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131
(800) 982-2787

Tickets will be sold in pairs for these performances to allow for social distancing.

Tickets are available via, (800) 982-2787, or the Mann Box Office. Service charges and fees apply to all online and phone purchases via Ticketmaster. A $2 per ticket fee will be applied to credit card purchases at the Box Office, and all day-of-show purchases have a $5 per ticket charge added to the ticket price.

The Mann Box Office is located at 5201 Parkside Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131. The Box Office is open Monday – Saturday, 10AM – 5PM. On show days, the Box Office opens at 2PM until intermission. The Box Office is closed on Sundays and holidays.

Parking at the venue is free, and guests are encouraged to bring picnics. Visit to view the Mann's Health and Safety Guidelines and to plan your visit.

Behind the Scenes