Skip to main content Skip to footer site map

BalletX Announces Sets Virtual World Premiere for New Dance Films

Featuring new films by choreographers Maddie Hanson, Stephanie Martinez, and Gustavo Ramirez Sansano.

BalletX, celebrating its 15th Anniversary Season, announces a Virtual World Premiere event on March 10, 2021 at 7:00pm EST featuring the debut of new short dance films by choreographers Maddie Hanson, Stephanie Martinez, and Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, alongside conversations with the choreographers and company dancers moderated by Artistic & Executive Director Christine Cox. Films will be available to subscribers on BalletX Beyond, the company's subscription-based streaming platform hailed as "revolutionizing virtual performance" (Harper's Bazaar).

"It has been almost a full year since the pandemic compelled us to reimagine BalletX's future, and the future of how we can create and present new dance that connects with audiences across a digital divide. These gorgeous world premiere films share a common theme of connection and empowerment, inspiring us to feel the strength

of our community through the screen. I am so grateful to audiences for taking this journey with us, and for opening their hearts to something new," says Christine Cox, BalletX Artistic & Executive Director.

Canadian dance artist Maddie Hanson premieres short film VIRTUALITY, in collaboration with filmmaker Jorge Cousineau and featuring original music by Jack Frerer, mixed by Nathan Prillaman. VIRTUALITY stars company dancer Ashley Simpson, and according to Hanson it "follows a dancer as she embarks on a solo performance experience, transported to stage via virtual reality. As the audience, we view her experience both from outside and within, evoking thought about the magic of the theatre, the intersection of art and technology, and the longing for a stage-audience connection in these times." VIRTUALITY was filmed on location at Formation Sauna + Wellness and Plays & Players Theatre in Philadelphia, PA.

Chicago-based choreographer Stephanie Martinez premieres short film Her Blood a Wild River, in collaboration with filmmakers Elliot deBruyn and Nathaniel Brown and featuring seven company dancers, costumes by Mark Eric, music by Mercedes Martinez and Bonga, and Denice Frohman's poem A Woman's Place. Says Martinez: "This work celebrates the determination and beauty of the pioneering women of my Mexican and Indigenous heritage. They are our grandmothers, mothers, sisters, and daughters. Their physical prowess, intellect, humor,

and emotional vulnerability drive our communities." Her Blood a Wild River was filmed on location at the mural Sanctuary City, Sanctuary Neighborhood © 2019 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program / Artists Betsy Casañas & Ian Pierce, and at Fairhill Square Park and Alpha Restaurant in Philadelphia's Fairhill neighborhood.

Spanish choreographer Gustavo Ramírez Sansano premieres short film Hernando's Hideaway, in collaboration with filmmakers Elliot deBruyn and Nathaniel Brown and set on company dancers Zachary Kapeluck, Blake Krapels, and Richard Villaverde. The work features costumes by Mark Eric and lighting by Alyssandra Docherty, and was filmed on location at Philadelphia's Glen Foerd Mansion, built in 1850 in the Italianate architecture style, and Plays & Players Theatre. The choreography is set to the song "Hernando's Hideaway" by Jerry Ross and Richard Adler, performed by The Johnston Brothers. Sansano says of the music: "It called my attention from the first moment I heard it, more than 10 years ago. After the lockdown I got BalletX's proposal, and I thought it would be a wonderful opportunity to create the work that has been in my head for so long."

BalletX launched BalletX Beyond, a subscription-based streaming platform, in September 2020 to keep the arts alive during the ongoing pandemic, and to ensure continued support for the company's exceptional dancers and collaborating choreographers, filmmakers, and designers.

BalletX Beyond is available in two plans at www.BalletX.org/Beyond.


Join Team BroadwayWorld

Are you an avid theatergoer in Philadelphia? We're looking for people like you to share your thoughts and insights with our readers. Team BroadwayWorld members get access to shows to review, conduct interviews with artists, and the opportunity to meet and network with fellow theatre lovers and arts workers.

Interested? Learn more here.


 



Dance Education Non-Profit, Dancing Classrooms Philly, Gives Back This Giving Tuesday Photo
Dancing Classrooms Philly will be giving away a FREE in-school assembly for every $1,000 the non-profit raises on GivingTuesday, Tuesday, November 29th. DCP's assembly programs are interactive workshops that get students up and moving as they learn about a style of social dance, such as Ballroom, Latin, or Hip-Hop.

Bravo Brass, An Ensemble Of Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Music Institute, Presents A NEW E Photo
Bravo Brass, the all-brass ensemble of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Music Institute (PYOMI), enters “A New Era”, on Saturday, December 3rd, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. at the historic St. Mark's Church at 1625 Locust Street in Center City Philadelphia.

Photos: Bucks County Playhouse Presents MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET CHRISTMAS Photo
See photos from Bucks County Playhouse’s presentation of “Million Dollar Quartet Christmas,” the holiday version of the smash Broadway hit. Running now through January 1, 2023, the book is written by Colin Escott and it is directed by Hunter Foster, who starred in the original production of “Million Dollar Quartet” on Broadway. This new Christmas version is inspired by the imagined story of four music icons who gather for an all-night jam session. 

Apply Now for the Black Opry Residency, Expanding Audiences for Black Americana Artists Photo
A search for five emerging Black Americana musicians who will have the opportunity to hone their artistic and professional pursuits during a unique artist development residency is launching today through a partnership between Philadelphia public radio music station WXPN and The Black Opry.


More Hot Stories For You


Dance Education Non-Profit, Dancing Classrooms Philly, Gives Back This Giving TuesdayDance Education Non-Profit, Dancing Classrooms Philly, Gives Back This Giving Tuesday
November 23, 2022

Dancing Classrooms Philly will be giving away a FREE in-school assembly for every $1,000 the non-profit raises on GivingTuesday, Tuesday, November 29th. DCP's assembly programs are interactive workshops that get students up and moving as they learn about a style of social dance, such as Ballroom, Latin, or Hip-Hop.

THE NUTCRACKER Opens At Philadelphia Ballet, December 9THE NUTCRACKER Opens At Philadelphia Ballet, December 9
November 22, 2022

Philadelphia Ballet has announced the return of Philadelphia's treasured tradition, The Nutcracker.

Bravo Brass, An Ensemble Of Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Music Institute, Presents A NEW ERA—SELECTIONS NEW TO BRAVO BRASSBravo Brass, An Ensemble Of Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Music Institute, Presents A NEW ERA—SELECTIONS NEW TO BRAVO BRASS
November 21, 2022

Bravo Brass, the all-brass ensemble of the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra Music Institute (PYOMI), enters “A New Era”, on Saturday, December 3rd, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. at the historic St. Mark's Church at 1625 Locust Street in Center City Philadelphia.

Photos: Bucks County Playhouse Presents MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET CHRISTMASPhotos: Bucks County Playhouse Presents MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET CHRISTMAS
November 21, 2022

See photos from Bucks County Playhouse’s presentation of “Million Dollar Quartet Christmas,” the holiday version of the smash Broadway hit. Running now through January 1, 2023, the book is written by Colin Escott and it is directed by Hunter Foster, who starred in the original production of “Million Dollar Quartet” on Broadway. This new Christmas version is inspired by the imagined story of four music icons who gather for an all-night jam session. 

Apply Now for the Black Opry Residency, Expanding Audiences for Black Americana ArtistsApply Now for the Black Opry Residency, Expanding Audiences for Black Americana Artists
November 21, 2022

A search for five emerging Black Americana musicians who will have the opportunity to hone their artistic and professional pursuits during a unique artist development residency is launching today through a partnership between Philadelphia public radio music station WXPN and The Black Opry.