Behind the Stage Door

Behind the Stage Door is an interactive multimedia performance that explores the “invisible” forces that bring the ballet to life. Through a soundscape of diverse voices, original musical composition, dance, film, sculpture and interactive multimedia stage design, the piece illuminates the many personalities, stories, and experiences that underlie and make possible the transcendent art form that is the ballet.

Program Concept and Creative Direction by Sarah Cooper
Behind the Stage Door Ballet is performed by Artists of Philadelphia Ballet II under the artistic direction of Eddy Tovar

Philadelphia ballet is committed to access. Behind the stage door performances are free and open to the public.

 

Experience the stories of four artists

Holly Hynes

Costumer

Meredith Rainey

Choreographer

Nayara Lopes

Dancer

Danny Amadie

Props Master

Experience at the following locations:

Installation and Exhibition:

 

Cherry Street Pier:

Running April 29th, 2022-May 24th, 2022
Opening Night: April 29th, 7:00pm
Additional Performances: April 30th 3:00pm & 7:00pm
121 N. Christopher Columbus Boulevard
Free Event, No Ticket Required
Additional Pop-Up Locations of Behind the Stage Door featuring live performances by Philadelphia Ballet II:

Teatro Esperanza:

May 7th, 2022, 7:30pm
4261 N. 5th Street

Pay What You Wish

Added pieces at this performance:

Arabesque 1
Choreographer: Samantha Dunster
Music: Sergei Rachmaninoff

Helium (excerpt)
Choreographer: Ana Maria Lucaciu
Music: Y.Texeta, E.Granados, F.Chopin

 

FDR Park:

Due to excessive heat and possible thunderstorms, this performance has been canceled. Please see below for other performances later this month.
May 22nd, 2022, 4:00pm
1500 Pattison Avenue & S. Broad Street
(Olmstead Overlook)
Free, No Ticket Required

 

May 25th, 2022, 6:00pm
5400 Lindbergh Blvd.

Free, No Ticket Required

Dilworth Plaza:

May 26th, 2022, 6:00pm
1S 15th Street (West Side of City Hall)
Free, No Ticket Required

 

Behind the Stage Door Credits

Artistic Collaborators

Alex Aldrich Barrett

Animator 

Alex is a Philadelphia-based illustrator and animator. Her work is texture and color-obsessed, story-driven, and synesthetic.

Her process is experimental, utilizing guache, graphite, charcoal, printmaking techniques, scanners, printers, and digital tools. She is currently a key animator for Smile4Kime, a poetic documentary film that tells the story of a friendship through interviews, dreams, and a transcendent sense of time. She has illustrated for The Baffler, Jewish Currents, and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, and she is a Leeway Art and Change Grant recipient.

Lindsay Bedford

Installation artist

Lindsay Bedford is a Spatial Storyteller, a 2021 Fellow from Mural Arts’ Philadelphia Fellowship for Black Artists, and the Marketing Engagement Manager at Eberlein Design Consultants Ltd.

In June of 2021 Lindsay graduated from Drexel University with a Master of Science in Interior Architecture & Design. Her educational background paired with her love of creative expression is what fuels her passion for bringing together art and design to spark change in our communities and to share the stories of our human experience. Lindsay believes that design impacts lives, but art ignites change. This belief has shaped her creative practice, which is influenced by design principles and an architectural approach to activating space with art that is rich with meaning and tells a story. This is her second active project with Mural Arts Philadelphia since the Fellowship.

Cybee Bloss

Animator

Cybee is a nonbinary animator, editor and producer. Originally from rural West Virginia, they have called Philadelphia home for over a decade.

Community media and playful pedagogy are central to their creative practice. They are currently producing and animating a documentary film called Smile4Kime, a magical and intimate story about friendship and mental health. They also create an animated series called Theydies and Gentlethems. They are a recipient of Philadelphia Independent Media Fund, The Velocity Fund, and the Leeway Foundation’s Art and Change Grant. Their work has also received support from Scribe Video Center, Doc Society, and The Puffin Foundation.

Da’ Von Doane

Choreographer

Da’ Von Doane began his training at the Salisbury Studio of Dance, where he trained with Betty Webster, Tatiana Akinfieva-Smith and Elena Manakhova.

At age 15, he began training at Atlantic Contemporary Ballet Theatre as a full-time academic student and remained there for four years. In 2008, Da’ Von moved to New York City to join the Dance Theatre of Harlem Ensemble. In 2009, Da’ Von performed with Ballet Noir at East River Park, as part of SummerStage, and at Jacob’s Pillow. In the fall of 2009, he began dancing as part of Dance Theatre of Harlem (DTH), and that winter he began touring with DTH as part of its Dance for America tour. As a guest artist, Da’ Von has performed with the Classical Contemporary Ballet Theatre and with choreographer Ja’ Malik in 2009’s E-Moves Emerging Choreographers Showcase. In the summer of 2010, Da’ Von performed once again with Ballet Noir in the 200th Anniversary Chopin Celebration and the 2010 World Dance Gala in Kielce, Poland. Da’ Von joined the newly reborn Dance Theatre of Harlem in 2012.  

 

Da’ Von was featured as one of Dance Magazine’s Top 25 to Watch in 2014 and in a new dance web series For the Love of Dance with Sarita Lou. Da’ Von can be seen in Estelle’s new video for the single “Conqueror” from her new album True Romance, directed by Paul Jung. With The Dance Theatre of Harlem, Da’ Von can be seen in various roles from “Black Swan Pas de Deux” staged by Anne Marie Holmes, “Act III Pas de Deux” from Raymonda, Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven by Ulysses Dove, and Balanchine’s Agon and Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux. He was also part of Nacho Duato’s Coming Together and works by other choreographers such as Robert Garland, Tanya Wideman and Thaddeus Davis, Helen Pickett, Donald Byrd, Bill Wilson, Arthur Mitchell, Darrel Moultrie, Francesca Harper and John Alleyne. Da’ Von performed this year as part of the Vail International Dance Festival’s International Evenings of Dance as well as the NOW: Premieres program alongside dancers from NYCB, ABT and more. As an independent artist, he has performed with numerous companies and worked with choreographers from across the globe. Da’ Von Doane has also created a number of original dance works curated and presented by Bryant Park, Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Periapsis Music and Dance, the CUNY Graduate Center, Composers Now Festival and Symphony Space. Da’ Von is currently pursuing his graduate degree at University of the Arts.

John B Hedges

Composer 

John B Hedges is a composer based in Philadelphia. He has written works for the concert hall, stage, film and digital media.

As a musician and producer, he has recorded in pop, jazz and classical genres and his arrangements and orchestrations have been performed throughout the world. He studied at the Curtis Institute of Music and University of Pennsylvania and served as an assistant to Academy Award winning Tan Dun, as well as composers Oliver Knussen and George Tsontakis. He won awards from the Theodore Presser, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Independence Foundation and the Corporation of Yaddo and New Music USA and served as composer-in-residence of both Fort Worth and Richmond symphony orchestras.  John B lives outside Philly where he homeschools his son, Bran, with his wife, visual artist Lynn Palewiczand, and a dog ‘Boo Boo’. 

Paul Hewitt

Head Carpenter

Paul Hewitt is a member of IATSE Local 8, Philadelphia’s Stagehands Union. He has worked in every major theater, arena, stadium, and other performance venue in the Philadelphia region.

Gary W. Jeter II

Choreographer

Gary W. Jeter II began dancing in 1997 at Pebble Brook High School for the Performing Arts in Atlanta, Georgia where he graduated in 1999.

Gary attended the Alvin Ailey fellowship summer program and received a full director’s scholarship to The University of the Arts, where he graduated in 2003 with a BFA in Dance. After graduation, he was asked to join PHILADANCO!, where he was a principal dancer from 2003 to 2007. Gary has also worked with Fernando Bujones and Eddie Shellman, in addition to dancing with Eleone Dance Theatre. 

Gary danced with Complexions Contemporary Ballet from 2007 to 2014, and is now an Artist-in-Residence for the company. He has set works for The University of the Arts, Eleone Dance Theatre, Philadelphia Dance Theatre, Dance 2 and Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Gary joined BalletX in 2014. 

 

Maria A. Konrad

Choreographer

Maria A. Konrad, graduated from the Dreyfoos High School of the Arts in West Palm Beach and then earned her BFA in Performing Arts at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

As a teacher in Philadelphia, Mrs. Konrad created the early-dance-education curriculum for the school of the Koresh Dance Company, which has been featured in Dance Magazine. Ms. Konrad’s choreography has been presented nationally in such venues such as the Spoleto Festival in South Carolina, The School of Colorado Ballet, The Harid Conservatory, Florida Dance Festival, Miami Dade Cultural Center, Florida Atlantic University, The Kravis Center, Next Generation Ballet and has collaborated with artistic organizations such as Palm Beach Symphony and Palm Beach Pops. Her work has been picked up by choreographic workshops in NYC such as The STEPS Beyond Foundation at STEPS on Broadway and Uptown Rising Series at The Bridge. Her piece “Portraits” was chosen to perform in the 2018 Come Together Festival hosted by Koresh Dance Company in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

She has been recognized by organization’s such as Young Arts and Youth America Grand Prix for “Outstanding Choreography” (2015, 2017). She has been a guest teacher for institutions such as The Colorado Ballet School, University of the Arts, Florida’s Young Dancers Workshop, The Art of Classical Ballet (dir. Magaly Suarez), Next Generation Ballet, St. Paul’s School, Florida Dance Festival and Youth America Grand Prix. She has worked at both The Harid Conservatory and A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts. She served on the 2018 faculty at The International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi. She is excited to join the YAGP organization this season as a judge and Master Teacher. She is currently resident choreographer with The Next Generation Ballet (Dir. Philip Neal) and the director of the contemporary program at Florida School for Dance Education.

 

Nicholas King

Photographer

Nicholas King is a portrait and documentary photographer based in the high desert around Santa Fe NM.


His passion is to create portraits revealing the human spirit. Whether in a workplace or his studio, he strives to find and convey a compelling yet oft-hidden essence of a person. For the “Backstage at the Philadelphia Ballet” exhibition, he reveals the passion and commitment stagehands and performers alike bring to their craft and art.
In the workplace, he sees and illuminates the intensity and dedication workers bring to occupations too often unheralded and unseen. His photographs celebrate the worker performing his or her task with care and passion. By making images that show the worker’s focus on their work, he reveals the dignity they earn in performing their tasks well.
Over the past two decades in his Burning Man and Santa Fe studios, he’s refined his natural talent for aligning with people. He creates a safe zone in which the only concern is to co-create a beautiful portrait revealing the expression of an inner quality of the person. Within that comfortable space, sitters relax and reveal a few of their mysterious multitudes.
Twenty-six portraits from his book, BURNERS, were featured in the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery exhibition, No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man, 2018-2019, which went on to shows at the Cincinnati Art Museum and the Oakland Museum of Art. The book’s sensitive and revealing portraits won a national award from the Independent Publishers Association. His work has also been exhibited in galleries in San Diego and Santa Fe.

Jonathan Laidacker

Installation artist

Jonathan Laidacker moved to Philadelphia in 2005 to work for Mural Arts Philadelphia and receive his MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

 In the 17 years since, he has completed nearly 80 community murals in Philadelphia and around the country.  Among these are the two largest murals in the city of Philadelphia.  At 86,000 sq. ft. How Philly Moves covers the facade of 6 parking garages at the Philadelphia International Airport, is the largest mural in the city, and one of the largest in the world.  At 27,000 sq. ft. Our City, Our Team faces Darien St. directly across from Lincoln Financial Field.  

Since 2012 Jonathan has also worked with teachers, students, and community members in 20 school districts throughout the state to create murals as an artist-in-residence with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts 

Kuopin “George” Lin

Installation artist

Kuo-Pin “George” Lin is a creative mural artist with a wonderful spirit. Viewers experiencing his mural contributions reminded us that creativity and goodness offer the world a great contribution.

As an artist, he excels both in landscape and figurative work with contemporary art design based on solid traditional art of the Masters. His work has been purchased, collected and appreciated by many individuals appreciative of the fine arts. Mr. Lin has studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and earned his B.F.A. degree from the University of Pennsylvania; a M.F.A. degree from the New York Academy of Art; a Master of Education degree in Art and Art Education from the Columbia University; a Master degree in Museum Studies from the Harvard University; a Master degree in Globalization from the Dartmouth College and a Master degree in Religion and Art from the Yale University. The summation of his efforts has shown his true love of learning and academic research.

Aleks Martray

Co-Executive Producer

Aleks Martray is the Executive Director for Big Picture Alliance, a youth media non-profit based in Philadelphia.

He is a filmmaker, musician and arts educator who has worked with youth and communities in Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Central America. He is the co-founder of Art of Solidarity (AoS), a media-based cultural exchange program that has produced over a dozen film collaborations between hundreds of Nicaraguan & North American artists. He has worked with Scribe Video Center & PhillyCam as facilitator and producer of community-based documentaries and workshops in Philadelphia. He holds an MA in Community Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art and his work had screened at film festivals, museums and on television.

Michelle Oosterbaan 

Installation artist

Michelle Oosterbaan’s fascination with light, chroma, and land is rooted in her studies of plein-air painting as a teenager in Washington D.C.

She has had the privilege of exhibiting nationally and internationally at over 40 locations including venues like The Drawing Center and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and Museum. Oosterbaan has been awarded numerous grants. She has experience in the public art realm designing community based public art commissions. Currently she is collaborating with Professor of Dance, Charlotte Griffin, at the University of California, Irvine and Jaime Cano of GreyHare films to make a cinematic video series, “Impromptu,” that animate Oosterbaan’s drawings with student dance made during the pandemic. Her residency fellowships include the Cite des Arts International, MacDowell, and Yaddo, as John T. and Catherine E. MacArthur Fellow. She has a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis as a Fred Conway Scholar and an MFA from Indiana University with postgraduate studies in Florence, Italy.

Heidi Saman

Director

Heidi Saman was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces to Watch. Her first feature film, Namour, was acquired by Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY, and won the LA Muse Jury Award at the 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival.

In 2008, Saman’s short film The Maid (il Shaghala) premiered in competition at the Cannes Film Festival. She is a 2016-2018 Pew Fellow in the Arts. Her second feature film The Armenian Club was selected for the Sundance Institute’s Film Two Initiative. Heidi is a long time producer for National Public Radio’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross and is currently a visiting instructor in Film and Media Studies at Swarthmore College.

Vikki Sloviter

Photographer

Vikki Sloviter is a Philadelphia-based fine art portrait and ballet photographer whose work showcases the artistry, technique, athleticism and beauty of the ballet dancer’s body.

Vikki has photographed dancers from around the country who dance with New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, BalletX, Complexions, Martha Graham Dance Company, and others. Her work can be seen on social media and has appeared in Rangefinder Magazine and Pointe Magazine, has been on display on billboards, at the National Constitution Center, at the Cherry Street Pier in Philadelphia, and at the PhotoPlace Gallery in Vermont.

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Eddy Tovar

Director of Philadelphia Ballet II

Eddy Tovar trained at the National Ballet School in Havana and danced for Bale do Estado de Goias in Brazil, the Orlando Ballet, and Texas Ballet Theater before retiring from the stage. Eddy is currently the Director of PBII.

 


Music: 

Music By John B Hedges and Spinnaker
Spinnaker

Mark Allen, Saxophones
Jay Fluellen, organ
Gloria Galante, harp
Tom Kraines, cello
Arturo Stable, percussion
Conducted by John B Hedges
Recorded and mixed by Doug Raus at Turtle Studios
Recording Produced by Jay Levin

Organizational Collaborators 

“Behind the Stage Door” was generously funded with support from Reliance Standard Life Insurance’s Delphi Project Foundation. 


 

Our 2020/2021 Public Art Program

Spread Your Wings

2020/2021 | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“Spread Your Wings” makes dance personal and accessible through a variety of brand-new activities, all encouraging creativity and personal engagement with dance and storytelling. Through partnerships with local Philadelphia artists and organizations, Philadelphia Ballet celebrates the diversity of dancers, teaching artists, and communities it works with through an exhibition of photography, videography, visual arts, and live performance at Cherry Street Pier and sister cities park. The Spread Your Wings public arts project encompassed a variety of programs in addition to the exhibition at Cherry Street Pier, including a choreographic mentorship program for high schoolers, a digital storybook activity illustrated by Kailey Whitman, and live and pre-recorded art classes by Fleisher Art Memorial teaching artists—inviting Philadelphia to join in the art-making process. 

“Spread Your Wings” was generously funded with support from Reliance Standard Life Insurance’s Delphi Project Foundation. 

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