The Department of Music and Dance and the William J. Cooper Foundation at Swarthmore College present BalletX: The Future of Contemporary Ballet on Friday, January 29th, 2016 at 8 PM in the Lang Performing Arts Center’s Pearson-Hall Theatre. The performance of four works will be free and open to the public without reservations.
BalletX, Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet company, unites distinguished choreographers with an outstanding company of world-class dancers to forge new works of athleticism, emotion, and grace. Founded in 2005 by Christine Cox and Matthew Neenan, and now under the direction of Cox as Artistic and Executive Director, BalletX challenges the boundaries of classical ballet by encouraging formal experimentation while preserving rigorous technique. Currently celebrating its tenth year, BalletX has expanded its repertoire with over 50 world premieres by internationally renowned artists.
BalletX is the Resident Dance Company of The Wilma Theater and offers three annual performance series in Philadelphia. Now recognized worldwide for its unique repertoire, the company participates in growing numbers of national and international tours, including performances at prestigious venues and festivals such as The Joyce Theater in New York City, Vail International Dance Festival in Colorado, Laguna Dance Festival in California, Festival de Ballet in Colombia, Ballet EXPO in South Korea, Sweet Pea Festival in Montana, Spring to Dance Festival in St. Louis, and DANCECleveland, among others.
In addition to the Friday evening performance, BalletX Artistic and Executive Director Christine Cox will teach the Ballet III class from 11:30-1 PM on Wednesday, January 27th, 2016 in the Boyer Dance Studio in LPAC. Associate Artistic Director Tara Keating will offer a BalletX Repertory Workshop and discussion from 4:30-6:30 PM in the Boyer studio for interested intermediate and advanced dance students. The students will learn choreography from the company’s active repertoire of works.
On Thursday, January 28, internationally-recognized composer Rosie Langabeer will lead a discussion of music and dance collaborations from 4:30-6 PM in Room 407 of the Lang Music Building. Langabeer is an award-winning composer and experimental musician who creates music for dance, theater, and musical ensembles and splits time between the States and New Zealand. Langabeer collaborated for over a year with BalletX Founder Matthew Neenan in the creation of “Sunset, o639”, an evening-length work created for BalletX and premiered in 2014. Her score and musical performance garnered rave reviews from The New York Times Dance Critic, Alastair Macaulay.