BalletX, Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet, unites distinguished choreographers with an outstanding company of world-class dancers to forge new works of athleticism, emotion, and grace. Founded in 2005 by Christine Cox and Matthew Neenan, and now under the direction of Cox as Artistic & Executive Director, BalletX challenges the boundaries of classical ballet by encouraging formal experimentation while preserving rigorous technique. Hailed by The New Yorker as "a place of choreographic innovation," and by The New York Times as "wacky, eccentric and fabulous," the company has created 63 world premiere ballets with 33 renowned and emerging choreographers, and toured to such prestigious venues as Vail Dance Festival, The Joyce Theater, and Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival.
BalletX returns to Halcyon Stage with new ballets by renowned choreographers Darrell Grand Moultrie and Trey McIntyre, whose work Big Ones was performed by the company at its 2017 Halcyon debut!
Darrell Grand Moultrie's new ballet Vivir celebrates the Latin, Afro-Caribbean music of his native Spanish Harlem. Described as “exuberant and deliberate” by The Washington Post, his work has appeared on the Colorado Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, and Dance Theatre of Harlem. With a background in multiple genres, including ballet, theater, modern, and commercial dance, Grand Moultrie most recently choreographed for Beyoncé’s Mrs. Carter World Tour, and the musical Witness Uganda at American Repertory Theater.
Trey McIntyre’s love of 1970’s Motown, American Bandstand, and Soul Train springs to life in his new work The Boogeyman, embodying the era’s high-octane energy. To capture the counterculture spirit of the time, he collaborates with Andrea Lauer, who costumed Broadway’s American Idiot. Highly prolific, McIntyre has worked with Stuttgart Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and New York City Ballet. His 2016 BalletX premiere, Big Ones, was hailed by The New York Times as “funny, touching, poignant, stirring.”
*Stop by Union Market on Friday, June 22, 208 at 12:30pm for a special sneak peak pop up performance.