Fall Series 2014
At The Wilma Theater
265 S. Broad St., Philadelphia
Box Office: 215-546-7824
JORMA ELO – World Premiere
Singled out by The New York Times as “a talent to follow,” Jorma Elo is one of today’s most sought out choreographers. Known for combining components of classical ballet with elements of modern and contemporary dance, Elo’s work focuses on dynamic movement and musicality. A former dancer with NederlandsDans Theater, he has been the Resident Choreographer of Boston Ballet since 2005 and has created work for many leading companies both in the United States and abroad, including American Ballet Theater, San Francisco Ballet, New York City Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Boston Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, among others.
MATTHEW NEENAN – Increasing (East Coast Premiere)
Fall Series 2014 will feature the East Coast premiere of BalletX Co-Founder Matthew Neenan’s 2014 Vail International Dance Festival world premiere. Hailed recently by The New York Times as being “one of the freshest and most remarkable American ballet choreographers based outside New York”, Neenan’s piece will be presented this August in Vail’s “NOW: Premieres” evening. This marks the second time BalletX has been invited to the festival, and the first as a featured Company-in-Residence.
OLIVIER WEVERS – Instantly Bound (2013)
A BalletX favorite, Instantly Bound, choreographed by Brussels-born dancer and choreographer Olivier Wevers, premiered in 2013. An abstract ballet set on three couples, this work explores the timely theme of gun violence and the devastating effects that it leaves in its wake. The emotional content of the ballet resonated with Philadelphia audiences, meriting its return to the BalletX repertoire. Wevers, a former principal dancer with Pacific Northwest Ballet and Royal Winnipeg Ballet, founded the critically acclaimed contemporary dance company Whim W’Him in 2009. He has won countless awards for his work and in 2011 was honored with the City of Seattle’s Mayor’s Arts Award.
DREW BILLIAU – Lighting Designer
Drew Billiau’s lighting design credits include Opera Company of Philadelphia's Rape of Lucretia, Fidelio, Falstaf, Porgy and Bess, La Cenerentola, The Marriage of Figaro, Cosi Fan Tutte, Don Carlo, Faust, Die Fledermaus, Macbeth, Don Pasquale, Turandot and Hansel und Gretel; Lucidity Suitcase's Red Eye de Havre de Grace, Flamingo Winnebago, The Melting Bridge and El Conquistador (Spain Tour); Cleveland Opera's Faust; Arden Theater's All My Sons, …And Then They Came For Me, Violet, Falsettos and A Year with Frog and Toad; Ballet X's 2 Different, M.O.M and Risk of Flight; Hamlet at the Lantern Theater. Previous work includes lighting designs for The Pennsylvania Ballet, The Iowa Playwrights Festival, Stagewest, Freedom Theater, Peoples Light & Theater Company and Venture Theater. Drew is the Lighting Coordinator/Resident Lighting Designer for The Opera Company of Philadelphia, Associate Professor of Lighting Design for the University of the Arts and Associate Designer for the corporate/industrial design firm Fine Design Associates