7:30PM Doors Open | 8:30PM Performance | 10PM DJ Set & Meet-the-Artist Dance Party
Philly-based BalletX, one of the nation’s most intriguing contemporary ballet companies, presents an astonishing evening of dances by choreographers Trey McIntyre and Matthew Neenan set to the music of Amy Winehouse and the indie-rock band Beirut.
Since its inception in 2005, BalletX has presented 59 world premieres by over 30 diverse choreographers from around the world – prompting The New York Times to write that Christine Cox, the co-founder, artistic and executive director of BalletX, “has good grounds for pride.” For its Washington D.C. debut, the company presents two of its most celebrated works, including The Last Glass by Matthew Neenan— choreographer and co-founder of BalletX – and Big Ones by Trey McIntyre. With inspiration from the wild street-parade sound of American indie-rock band Beirut, The Last Glass is a ballet that slowly awakens like a city: part mysterious pageant, and part raucous celebration.
The Boston Globe noted the work’s, “flurry of idiosyncratic solos and duets [and] circus-like flair,” and The New York Times declared that the piece cements Neenan’s standing as, “one of the most appealing and singular choreographic voices in ballet today.” Trey McIntyre’s Big Ones is set to the music of Amy Winehouse, and explores the internal process of highly creative artists, and their balance between fearlessness and fragility, boldness and insecurity. The Wall Street Journal wrote of Big Ones’, “brooding darkness,” while The New York Times praised its, “many different humors,” calling it, “wacky, eccentric and fabulous.”
Halcyon Stage @ Dock 5 is a partnership with EDENS and Union Market dedicated to spreading creativity across Washington D.C. and to offering performances and immersive experiences in one of the fastest growing sections of our city.