Photo Essay: BalletX dances on The Porch at 30th Street this Wednesday

Contemporary ballet company BalletX presents a free lunchtime performance this Wednesday at noon as part of the cultural programming series at The Porch at 30th Street Station. The company will present selections from their acclaimed Winter Series 2014, which included “Slump” and “Valentine’s Day” by Joshua L. Peugh and “Delicate Balance” by Jodie Gates. To mark this one-off opportunity to catch highlights from BalletX’s acclaimed production, Phindie presents some striking photos from the series. All photos by Alexander Iziliaev.

Chloe Felesina and Colby Damon_Slump_Photo Alexander Iziliaev

Joshua L. Peugh’s “Slump” quickly became an audience favorite with its hilarious take on the traditional courting dance. (Photo features dancers Chloe Felesina and Colby Damon.)

BX dancers_Slump_Photo Alexander Iziliaev

Set to a catchy arrangement of Klezmer, mambo and jazz music, “Slump” had audiences giggling from the start.

Andrea Yorita and Zachary Kapeluck_Valentine's Day_Photo Alexander Iziliaev

Peugh’s tender duet “Valentine’s Day,” was hailed as being an “elegant, classically-minded and traditionally beautiful number” (Philadelphia Weekly).

Francesca Forcella and Zachary Kapeluck_Delicate Balance_Photo Alexander Iziliaev

The free performance will conclude with “Delicate Balance” by Jodie Gates, a physically and emotionally powerful piece that highlights the athleticism and artistry of the BalletX dancers.

Francesca Forcella_Delicate Balance_Photo Alexander Iziliaev

Delicate Balance was lauded by The Philadelphia Inquirer as being “a dreamscape of motion.”

[The Porch at 30th Street Station] May 21, 2014, balletx.orgThe final (FREE!) performance of the company’s afterschool outreach program with the students of Andrew Jackson in South Philadelphia is the following day. [Caplan Center for the Performing Arts, 211 S. Broad Street, 16/17th Floors] May 22, 2014, balletx.org.

BalletX’s Summer Series 2014 runs July 9-14, 2014 at the Wilma Theater, balletx.org.

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