Segerstrom Center for the Arts Presents B a l l e t X
Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet company BalletX, led by Artistic & Executive Director Christine Cox, in its SCFTA debut on Saturday, October 16 at 7:30 pm. BalletX, whose dancers were named “among America’s best” by The New York Times, commissions choreographers from around the world to create dance that is “fresh, inclusive, and connects to what people want” (Philadelphia Citizen) while “positioning Philadelphia on the cutting edge of contemporary ballet” (The Dance Journal).
The Center program includes “Increasing” (2014) choreographed by Mathew Neenan to the music of Franz Schubert; “Napoleon/Napoleon” (2018) choreographed by Cayetano Soto to music by Aram Khachaturian, Vivaldi, Shostakovich, Antonio Machín, & Chavela Vargas; and “Steep Drop, Euphoric” (2019) choreographed by Nicolo Fonte to music by Ezio Bosso, Ólafur Arnalds
About the repertoire, The New York Times said of “Increasing” "...vulnerable, openhearted and, above all, marvelously free … shows each of [the BalletX dancers] as emotional, both private and social; their unfolding world is carried along by the music’s changing current.” The Dance Journal said of “Napoleon/Napoleon,” “High concept farce … ‘Napoleon/Napoleon’ is a blow-out parade of egomaniacal childishness. All hail the Emperor!" Of “Sleep Drop Euphoric,” Thinking Dance said, “Gleefully challenging and technically challenging … This is what dance can be, Fonte seems to be saying, and isn’t it glorious?" and the Philly Gay Calendar said, “Sleep, Drop, Euphoric' is a beautiful work which must be seen"
Now in their 16th season, BalletX has been blazing a path of creativity and innovation across leading stages, including The Kennedy Center, The Joyce Theater, and Jacob’s Pillow, and has quickly become the “IT Company” to watch.
Founded in 2005 by Christine Cox and Matthew Neenan, BalletX is led by Cox, whose tenure as Artistic & Executive Director has produced over 100 world premiere ballets by nearly 60 choreographers, a record “few companies can match,” according to The New York Times. Under Cox’s leadership, BalletX has been hailed as an “epicenter of creation” (Dance Magazine) and “place of choreographic innovation” (The New Yorker), putting Philadelphia on the map as an international destination for contemporary ballet.
With the support of donors, subscribers, and single ticket buyers, BalletX has grown to reach 150,000+ audiences nationwide through performance seasons, free Pop-Ups across the Philadelphia region, and extensive touring to such prestigious venues as Vail Dance Festival, Ballet Sun Valley, The Joyce Theater, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, New York City Center, Laguna Dance Festival, Bermuda Festival, Belgrade Festival and many more.
Saturday, October 16 at 7:30 p.m.at Segerstrom Center the Arts
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