In a world defined by the ever-shifting demands of a pandemic, we have all been longing for a spark. A spark of connection, of dialogue, of togetherness. This moment in time has provided the dance community with an opportunity to reflect and redefine what it means to move throughout this new landscape.
Join us as we celebrate a significant step in our return to the stage with The Spark: a special, limited-run program featuring new collaborations that ignite the ineffable experience shared by performers and patrons. Set at the Performance Garage, an intimate 70 seat venue that has fostered and supported the Philadelphia arts community since its inception, this exclusive triple bill will feature two world premiere ballets—Artistic Director Angel Corella’s Landscaping the Mist, set to a minimalist score by Philip Glass, Other Half by choreographer Matthew Neenan completed by Rosie Langabeer’s irreverent score, as well as a remounting of Connection, Juliano Nunes’ 2019 world premiere for Philadelphia Ballet set to a primal score by Ezio Bosso. Experience a deeply meaningful program that is reflective of the time in which it has been created, and share in the spark of collective experience, community and strength.
Tickets are extremely limited, with only 70 seats available per performance. Reserve your seats today before they go on sale to our full audience.
The Performance Garage offers a brand-new experience for our patrons, where both dancers and audience members will be in very close proximity. This intimate venue with only 70 seats will highlight the electricity that exists between performer and patron—a unique and powerful thread that connects a room full of people who are experiencing something together. This is where we filmed our digital season, and we are excited to bring live audiences into this unique space.
After careful consideration and due to the intimate nature of the venue, we have implemented the following safety measures to promote the health and wellbeing of attendees, staff, production crew, and dancers:
The Performance Garage is located in a largely residential neighborhood and therefore parking in the area is extremely limited. We suggest using a rideshare or taxi service or taking the Broad Street Line to Spring Garden. Please click here for more information on getting to the Performance Garage.
Matthew Neenan is a former principal dancer and former choreographer in residence with Philadelphia Ballet. Matthew’s choreography has been featured and performed by the New York City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, The Washington Ballet, Ballet West, Ballet Met, Colorado Ballet, Ballet Memphis, Milwaukee Ballet, Oregon Ballet Theatre, and many others. He is the co-founder of BalletX.
Juliano Nunes has received critical acclaim for his choreography and has created pieces for the Royal Ballet in London, Nederlands Dans Theatre 2, Acosta Danza, Atlanta Ballet, Mariinsky Theatre, and “Tiny Pretty Things” on Netflix. As a dancer, he has worked with choreographers such as William Forsythe, Christopher Wheeldon, and Hans van Manen, among others.
Angel Corella is regarded as one of the finest dancers of his generation. His talent, passion, and technique have brought him worldwide acclaim and established him as one of the most recognizable names in dance. Angel was appointed artistic director of Philadelphia Ballet beginning with our 2014/2015 season.
Philip Glass is an American composer who is widely regarded as one of the most influential composers of the late 20th century. His work has been associated with minimalism and consists of innovative instrumental, vocal, and operatic music. He has collaborated with a broad range of international musicians representing diverse traditions and has written numerous operas and musical theatre works, twelve symphonies, eleven concertos, and eight-string quartets.
Rosie Langabeer is an award-winning composer and musician from Aotearoa New Zealand who works internationally specializing in experimental musical arts processes. These days she is putting a large focus on live new music in theatrical settings. She has collaborated with BalletX, Matthew Neenan, Pig Iron Theatre Company, No Face Performance Group, Neil Feather, Subcircle Dance and has received numerous commissions and arts grants including a Bowerbird Sound Sculpture Commission for Design Philadelphia (2012) SOUNZ Community Commission (2009) three CNZ Arts Grants (2005, 2007, 2013) and two Barrymore Awards for excellence in theatre (2011).
Ezio Bosso was an Italian composer, pianist, double bass player, and conductor. As a composer, Bosso’s works were performed by the Royal Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Teatro Alla Scala, Teatro la Fenice, the Vienna State Opera, New York City Ballet, and the Bolshoi Theatre. Bosso won several awards for his compositions, including the Australian Green Room Award, the Syracuse NY Award, and was nominated for the prestigious David di Donatello Awards. He also went on to make a number of recordings for Sony Classical.