Thursday and Friday, Sept. 22 & 23
Event time: 7:30 PM
Running time: 70 minutes
Post-show conversation with dancer/director/choreographer Kyle Abraham directly following the performance in the theater auditorium
The dance style of Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion fuses the exciting diversity and elegance of urban styles of hip hop with ballet and contemporary dance.
The evening features thought-provoking Pavement, a creative reimagining of Boyz N The Hood set in Pittsburgh’s historically black neighborhoods, Homewood and the Hill District. It pays comedic homage to the bold Kris Kross/backward jean and high top fade era in Hip-Hop, while creating a strong emotional chronology of a culture conflicted with a history plagued by discrimination, genocide, and a constant quest for a lottery ticket weighted in freedom. The work entwines a sensual and provocative vocabulary with a strong emphasis on sound, human behavior and all things visual in an effort to create an avenue for personal investigation and exposing that on stage. Abraham’s dancers bound and rebound with hip-hop attack and balletic flow, while handshakes become fistfights and pas de deux and bodies stack up against each other and the ground. Called “beautiful and severely honest” by the Washington Post, Pavement is moving and provocative.
BODYTRAFFIC & BalletX
Saturday, Sept. 24
Event time: 8:00 PM
Running time: 1hr 55min with one intermission
Mingle with the dancers while nibbling sumptuous desserts
and sipping wine.
*please select the ‘Regular Ticket + VIP Reception’ option when purchasing tickets
Coast to Coast Contemporary Cool: a special one-night only performance shared by the nation’s greatest boutique dance companies, Philadelphia’s BalletX and BODYTRAFFIC from Los Angeles.
BalletX is “remarkably moving.” – Philadelphia Inquirer
BODYTRAFFIC is “one of the most talked-about young companies nationwide.” – Los Angeles Times
Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet company BalletX challenges the boundaries of classical ballet by encouraging formal experimentation while preserving rigorous technique. BalletX will open the evening with Show Me, a piece that captures the dancers’ idiosyncratic personalities in new and unusual ways, framed within choreographer Matthew Neenan’s whimsical movement vocabulary. Also featured is Malassangre, meaning “bad blood”, a critically acclaimed work choreographed by Cayetano Soto that combines powerful physicality with a surprising flare of sexiness and humor. BalletX’s final piece this evening, Delicate Balance (excerpt) is “a deeply emotional work” by renowned choreographer and Laguna Dance Festival Founder/Artistic Director Jodie Gates.
Joining BalletX is Festival favorite BODYTRAFFIC, a company that has surged to the forefront of the concert dance world. Named “the company of the future”, this troupe is internationally recognized for their high quality of work.
From BODYTRAFFIC, The New 45 choreographed by Richard Seigel, features jazz standards by Oscar Peterson and Clark Terry, with a wink at Benny Goodman and Harry Belafonte, and is a charming duet not without comical resonance. This piece flows from one glimpse of life, language and dance to another, breeding enthusiasm onstage and off. Once Again, Before You Go is choreographed by Victor Quijada, who is known for eloquently re-imagining, de-constructing, applying choreographic principles to hip-hop ideology, and examining humanity through a unique fusion of aesthetics. Lastly, Joshua Puegh’s work is inspired by the rare “green flash” that occurs just before the sun disappears from view at sunset, A Trick of the Light is colorful and nostalgic.
Sunday, Sept. 25
Event time: 3:00 PM
Running time: 1hr 45min with one intermission
2:00 PM Pre-show conversation with BalletX Founding Artistic Director, Christine Cox
Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet company, unites distinguished choreographers with an outstanding company of world-class dancers to forge exciting entertainment full of athleticism, emotion, and grace.
This program features an afternoon of four entertaining dances featuring distinguished choreographers Jorma Elo (Finland), Cayetano Soto (Spain), Amy Seiwert (USA), and Matthew Neenan (USA). Described by The Dance Journal as “one of the most classical in [BalletX’s] repertoire”, Jorma Elo’s Gran Partita showcases the company’s vast spectrum of dance styles, musicality and rigorous yet supple technique. It’s Not A Cry by Amy Seiwert has been praised as “dance at its most powerful” by Broad Street Review. This gripping portrait of a struggling relationship explores the passing of strength between partners and captures the human essence with honesty and grace. Also featured is Malassangre, meaning “bad blood”, a critically acclaimed work choreographed by Cayetano Soto that combines powerful physicality with a surprising flare of sexiness and humor. The afternoon will conclude with Show Me, a piece that captures the dancers’ idiosyncratic personalities in new and unusual ways is framed within choreographer Matthew Neenan’s whimsical movement vocabulary.
“BalletX dancers have suspense, vitality, comedy, freedom.” – The New York Times