[BalletX] is maturing from a Philadelphia treasure into a national recognized paragon. –Philadelphia Inquirer
“[Matthew Neenan] has one of the most appealing and singular voices in ballet today.”—The New York Times
BalletX, Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet company, co-directed by Christine Cox and Matthew Neenan, will perform four ballets by choreographers Joshua Peugh, Jodie Gates and Neenan. Peugh’s Slump is a wild, aggressive dance about courtship and the instinctual rituals of mating set to klezmer, jazz and mambo music. Valentine’s Day, Peugh’s pas de deux inspired by the simplicity and purity of Japanese animation, explores the various ways a romantic relationship evolves. Jodie Gate’s Delicate Balance, lauded by The Philadelphia Inquirer as “a dreamscape of motion,” is a physically and emotionally powerful piece that highlights the athleticism and artistry of the BalletX’s ten dancers. Named a “Dance Favorite for 2013” by The New York Times, Neenan’s The Last Glass slowly awakens like a city, part mysterious pageant and part raucous celebration. Featuring the wild street parade sound of American indie-rock band Beirut.
Tuesday, September 16th from 6pm - 7:30pm
The Dance Center, Studio 300
Light refreshments will be served.
As part of The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago's opening audience and community engagements this fall, please join us for DanceMatters: An Intimate Conversation with Philadelphia-based Ballet X's co-founder Matthew Neenan, members of the company and local artists including celebrated choreographer Autumn Eckman. This will be an unique opportunity for exchange of thoughts surrounding contemporary ballet and its social, cultural implications; furthering insights into the dance world we live in. FREE. For further information on DanceMatters and to RSVP: 312.369.8341
Monday, September 15, 2014 | 6:30–8:30PM
American Rhythm Center, Fine Arts Building | 410 S Michigan Avenue, 3rd Floor
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Thursday, September 18, 2014 | immediately following performance
Friday, September 19, 2014 | 7:00PM