Date & Price
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Open Air Theatre
Reserved Seating: $27–$47
Gardens Preferred and Gardens Premium Members: $22–$42*
Ticket includes all-day Gardens Admission
Tickets limited. Sell out likely.
As Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet company, BalletX unites distinguished choreographers with an outstanding company of world-class dancers to forge new works of athleticism, emotion, and grace. The resident dance company of The Wilma Theater, BalletX begins with Darrell Grand Moutrie’s Vivir, celebrating the culture of Spanish Harlem. They then transition to the emotionally-stirring Gran Partita by Jorma Elo, inspired by film noir classic Touch of Evil. The performance ends with Lil Buck’s Express, which combines elements of street dance with classical technique.
More about BalletX
Since its founding, BalletX has expanded its repertoire with over 70 world premieres by internationally renowned artists including Trey McIntyre, Jorma Elo, Nicolo Fonte, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Jo Stromgren, Cayetano Soto, Jodie Gates, Val Caniparoli, Edwaard Liang, Adam Hougland, Matthew Neenan, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Amy Seiwert, Gabrielle Lamb, Joshua L. Peugh, James Gregg, Olivier Wevers, Tobin Del Cuore, and Mauro Astolfi, among many others. Firmly rooted in ballet technique, these contemporary pieces challenge BalletX’s dancers with the innovative possibilities of ballet in the 21st century.
With three annual performance series in Philadelphia, BalletX has reached diverse audiences of all ages and backgrounds as the resident dance company of The Wilma Theater. Now recognized worldwide for its unique repertoire, the company participates in growing numbers of national and international tours, including performances at prestigious venues and festivals such as Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in Massachusetts, The Joyce Theater and New York City Center in New York City, Vail International Dance Festival in Colorado, Laguna Dance Festival in California, Dance Salad in Texas, Sweet Pea Festival in Montana, Spring to Dance Festival in St. Louis, DANCECleveland in Ohio, Ballet EXPO in South Korea, and Festival de Ballet in Colombia.
BalletX’s distinctive contribution to the American dance community has been recognized and supported in recent years by generous grants from the William Penn Foundation, Wyncote Foundation, Shubert Foundation, The Jerome Robbins New Essential Works Program, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Engaging Dance Audiences (a program of Dance/USA), Barra Foundation, Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation, Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Philadelphia Cultural Fund, National Endowment for the Arts, and PECO, among others.
Choreographer: Darrell Grand Moutrie
Music: Rodrigo y Gabriela, Tito Puente, Bebo Valdés, Diego el Cigala
“Spanish Harlem is the muse for Vivir. My birthplace is where I was exposed to all kinds of music and sounds. The beauty and power of Latin music was everywhere. This work was created to celebrate the culture, the people, and the sound that helped me thrive. Music saves and heals us.”
– Darrell Grand Moultrie
Choreographer: Jorma Elo
Music: Alban Berg, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Claudio Monteverdi, Johann Sebastian Bach
A complex and emotionally-stirring ballet inspired by the film noir classic, Touch of Evil.
Choreographer: Lil Buck
Music: Jon Batiste
Lil Buck specializes in Memphis jookin’ and often ventures into another style of street dance called popping. He combined these styles with classical ballet to co-commission Express with Artistic Director of the Vail Dance Festival Damian Woetzel.
*Gardens Preferred and Gardens Premium Members receive access to the Pre-sale. If you are eligible, you have received a discount code and Pre-sale access code via direct mail or email from Longwood Gardens.
Photo Credit: Bill Hebert