EXTENDED THROUGH MAY 7!
BalletX Spring Series 2017 will feature the U.S. premiere of Cayetano Soto’s Schachmatt, the Philly return of Matthew Neenan’s The Last Glass (2010), and a world premiere by 2017 Choreographic Fellow and PHILADANCO! alum, Tommie-Waheed Evans, entitled In Between the Passing…
Barcelona artist Cayetano Soto’s work has been performed around the world, and praised for its “stunning originality” (The Huffington Post). He is currently Ballet BC’s resident choreographer. In addition to serving as BalletX’s 2017 Choreographic Mentor, Soto brings his work Schachmatt to BalletX. Vancouver’s The Georgia Straight called the work “a nonstop parade of fun… there were flashes of French postwar ballads, cheesy mambos, groovy ’60s dance beats, and even Peter Gunn.” BalletX previously performed Soto’s Malasangre in 2015.
Matthew Neenan has been named “one of the strange originals of American ballet” by The New York Times. The Last Glass premiered on BalletX in 2010, and has become a company favorite with performances recently at the Vail International Dance Festival and Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art. Featuring the wild street-parade sound of indie band Beirut, the work was called “playfully flirtatious” by The Boston Globe, and noted for its “startling spontaneity and urgency” by The New York Times. Neenan has re-cast all of the BalletX dancers in different roles for the Philly return of the work at Spring Series 2017.
Tommie-Waheed Evans was already accomplished in his work with PHILADANCO! when he was selected as BalletX’s 2017 Choreographic Fellow. About working with Choreographic Mentor Cayetano Soto, Evans says, “I’m a huge fan of his work… I’m looking forward to a mentor committed to navigating me out my ‘comfort zone’ to make something extraordinary happen.” Evans’ work often infuses jazz with classical dance, investigating themes of social justice and his own African-American culture. For his world premiere with BalletX, Evans plans a ballet inspired by video artist Bill Viola, and featuring the music of Henryk Górecki.
The Choreographic Fellowship is made possible by the Wyncote Foundation.
Learn more about the Choreographic Fellowship program and our 2017 Mentor and Fellow!