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Volume 6, Issue 84  | October 19, 2021

Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents BalletX

Segerstrom Center for the Arts presents Philadelphia’s premiere contemporary ballet company BalletX, led by Artistic and Executive Director Christine Cox, in its SCFTA debut on Saturday, Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m.

BalletX, whose dancers were named “among America’s best” by The New York Times, commissions choreographers from around the world to create dance that is “fresh, inclusive and connects to what people want” (Philadelphia Citizen) while “positioning Philadelphia on the cutting edge of contemporary ballet” (The Dance Journal).

The Center program includes “Increasing” (2014) choregraphed by Mathew Neenan to music of Franz Schubert; “Napoleon/Napoleon” (2018) choreographed by Cayetano Soto to music by Aram Khachaturian, Vivaldi, Shostakovich, Antonio Machín and Chavela Vargas; and “Steep Drop, Euphoric” (2019) choreographed by Nicolo Fonte to music by Ezio Bosso and Ólafur Arnalds.

Segerstrom Center Kapeluck

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Photo by Bill Hebert for BalletX

Dancer Zachary Kapeluck in a duo during a Spring 2018 performance of Matthew Neenan’s “Increasing”

Now in their 16th season and with the support of donors, subscribers and single ticket buyers, BalletX has grown to reach 150,000+ audiences nationwide through performance seasons, free Pop-Ups across the Philadelphia region and extensive touring to such prestigious venues as Vail Dance Festival, Ballet Sun Valley, The Joyce Theater, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, New York City Center, Laguna Dance Festival, Bermuda Festival, Belgrade Festival and more. 

Founded in 2005 by Cox and Neenan, BalletX is led by Cox, whose tenure as artistic and executive director has produced more than 100 world premiere ballets by nearly 60 choreographers, a record “few companies can match,” according to The New York Times.

BalletX has reached more than 2,000 Philadelphia public school students through an in-school dance education program, Dance eXchange and countless patrons through their engagement initiative, The X-Process, featuring open rehearsals and talkbacks with renowned choreographers and guest artists.

The company put down even deeper roots in Spring 2018 with the opening of its first-ever home – a 5,000-sq.-ft. studio and administrative headquarters named the Center for World Premiere Choreography. And in 2020, they launched an online streaming platform, BalletX Beyond, featuring world premiere dance films by choreographers from around the world.

BalletX is one of three of the most innovative North American dance companies headed to Orange County. Along with the recent Alonzo King LINES (September 11) and Parsons Dance Company (November 20) , the Center is hosting an extraordinary range of performances from modern dance to contemporary ballet.

Segertrom Center Lubin

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Photo by Vikki Sloviter for BalletX

Skyler Lubin (lifted) with (L-R) Zachary Kapeluck, former BalletX company dancer Stanely Glover and Andrea Yorita are performing Nicolo Fonte’s “Steep Drop, Euphoric”

“Each of these companies was chosen to open our season because of the quality of the dancers and the unique style of the choreographers. Nothing can compare to the excitement of live dance,” said Judy Morr, executive vice president. “The choreography is imaginative and each company has its own unique style. Dance is the perfect way to open our season back at Segerstrom Hall stage. This is an experience you do not want to miss.”

Single tickets for BalletX start at $39 and are now available online at, at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, or by calling 714.556.2787. For inquiries about group ticket discounts for 10 or more, call the Group Services office at 714.755.0236.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts’ COVID-19 policy requires ticket holders to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 to attend all indoor performances and events. Fully vaccinated means attending a performance is at least 14 days after your final vaccine dose. To enter the theater, bring proof of vaccination, either your physical vaccination card, a picture of your vaccination card, or a digital vaccination record. Those who are under age 12 and anyone without proof of being fully vaccinated must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours (three days) prior to entering the theatre. Masks are required at all times for all patrons and visitors regardless of vaccination status in all indoor spaces at Segerstrom Center. Performance ticket holders who do not comply with these policies will not be admitted.

Segerstrom Center for the Arts is located at 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa.

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