December 15, 2014, BY Kathryn Kopchik

The Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University will present BalletX on Saturday, Feb. 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center.

Philadelphia's premier contemporary ballet, BalletX unites distinguished choreographers with an outstanding company of world-class dancers to forge new works of athleticism, emotion, and grace. Through the daring vision of its award-winning founders, Christine Cox and Matthew Neenan, BalletX challenges the boundaries of classical ballet by encouraging formal experimentation while preserving rigorous technique.

While at the Weis Center, they will perform four pieces: "Slump" for eight dancers, "Valentine's Day" for two dancers, "Delicate Balance" for 10 dancers and "The Last Glass" for 10 dancers.

Philadelphia Magazine says of the company, "Rhythm, music, and absolutely perfect bodies. Who could ask for anything more?"

Since the Company's founding in 2005, BalletX has expanded its repertoire with more than 50 world premieres by internationally renowned artists including Jorma Elo, Nicolo Fonte, Jodie Gates, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Edwaard Liang, Adam Hougland, Matthew Neenan, Darrell Grand Moultrie, Gabrielle Lamb, Joshua Peugh, James Gregg, Olivier Wevers, Tobin Del Cuore and Mauro Astolfi, among others.

The Resident Dance Company of The Wilma Theater, BalletX participates in growing numbers of national and international tours, including performances at prestigious venues and festivals such as The Joyce Theater in New York City, Vail International Dance Festival, Laguna Dance Festival, Festival de Ballet in Colombia, Ballet EXPO in South Korea, Sweet Pea Festival in Montana, Spring to Dance Festival in St. Louis, and DANCECleveland, among others.

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, Shubert Foundation, The Jerome Robbins New Essential Works Program, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Engaging Dance Audiences (a program of Dance/USA), Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Philadelphia Cultural Fund, and Barra Foundation.

Tickets for the performance are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors 62+, $10 for youth 18 and under, $10 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), $10 for Bucknell students (limit 2), and $10 for non-Bucknell college students (limit 2).

Special code for youth taking dance classes or studying dance! $5 youth tickets, $10 for accompanying parent/guardian. Use promo code PHILLYDANCE Online only — use the promo code at checkout — www.Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice

Tickets can be purchased online at www.bucknell.edu/BoxOffice or by calling the Campus Box Office at 570-577-1000.

For more information about this performance, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by email at lisa.leighton@bucknell.edu.

The next event in the Weis Center's 2014-15 Series is a soul performance by singer-songwriter and guitarist Raul Midón on Wednesday, Feb. 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the Campus Theatre in downtown Lewisburg. The New York Times calls him "a one-man band who turns a guitar into an orchestra and his voice into a chorus." General admission tickets for the performance are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors 62+, $5 for youth 18 and under, $5 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), free for Bucknell students (limit 2), and $5 for non-Bucknell college students (limit 2).

For more information about the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, go to www.bucknell.edu/WeisCenter or www.facebook.com/WeisCenter

 

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