Join BalletX for the company’s season finale performances of Summer Series 2018, featuring an exciting new dance and music collaboration between choreographer Penny Saunders and New Zealand composer Rosie Langabeer. Saunders began her professional dance career with The American Repertory Ballet and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. In 2011, the International Commissioning Project launched her choreographic career. Now she is the choreographer in residence at The Grand Rapids Ballet. Composer Rosie Langabeer is beloved by BalletX audiences for her previous work with the company, including the music of Sunset, o639 Hours and Proliferation of the Imagination. She has received numerous commissions and arts grants including a Bowerbird Sound Sculpture Commission (2012), Creative New Zealand Arts Funding (2005, 2007 & 2013), SOUNZ Community Commission (2009), and her collaboration with Philadelphia’s experimental theatre giants Pig Iron Theatre Company earned her two Barrymore Awards – for Outstanding Music and Outstanding Music Direction (2011). BalletX’s co-founder Matthew Neenan will also create world premiere work for Summer Series. The New York Times has written that Neenan has “one of the most appealing and singular choreographic voices in ballet today.” He has created work on such prestigious companies as Ballet West, Oregon Ballet Theatre, and Washington Ballet. The Boston Globe included Neenan’s Sunset, o639 Hours in the “Top 10 of the year in dance” when the 2014 full-length ballet made its Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival debut in 2016. Sunset has also been embraced by audiences and critics at the Vail International Dance Festival and The Joyce Theater. When Neenan’s recent work Credo appeared on the Vail International Dance Festival’s 2016 NOW: Premieres program, The New York Times called it “the best premiere of the evening.” 2018’s Choreographic Fellow will mentor under Neenan to create a third world premiere on the Summer Series program.