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BalletX Summer Series

BalletX Summer Series

World Premieres by Hope Boykin, Matthew Neenan, and Dwight Rhoden
TD Pavilion
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Add to calendar Add to Calendar 2021-06-25 19:30:00 2021-06-25 19:30:00 BalletX Summer Series The Mann Center the Mann. America/New_York public

BalletX, Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet, returns to the stage June 24–26 with new, never-before-seen works by choreographers Hope Boykin, Matthew Neenan, and Dwight Rhoden.


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).


About The Show


Hope Boykin · World Premiere
Hope Boykin, who The New York Times describes as a “poetic force” who “radiates power in her fearless, generous dancing,” was a former dancer with Philadanco and a 20-year company member with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater until her retirement in 2020. Boykin makes her BalletX debut with a world premiere set to original music by composer Ali Jackson, master musician and former Drum Chair of Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Her new work, entitled IN The Distance, is not where the journey ends, but simply another starting point – a place for us all to begin… again.


Matthew Neenan · World Premiere
Matthew Neenan, co-Founder of BalletX and “one of America’s best dance poets,” according to The New York Times, has choreographed on New York City Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Washington Ballet, among countless others. Neenan’s work has been hailed by The Philadelphia Inquirer for its “tremendous power, grace, and style.” He returns to BalletX with a world premiere set to the music of legendary composer Stephen Sondheim, including Finishing the Hat arranged by Steve Reich and That Old Piano Roll arranged by Wynton Marsalis.


Dwight Rhoden · World Premiere
Dwight Rhoden is the acclaimed Founding Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer of Complexions Contemporary Ballet, who has been praised by The New York Times as “one of the most sought out choreographers of the day.” Rhoden has created over 80 ballets for Complexions, as well as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Joffrey Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, and many more. His new work challenges the BalletX dancers to deconstruct and reimagine classical movement to spotlight the grit and grace that our relationships must endure during challenging times.


BalletX Summer Series is presented with lead support from the Alphadyne Foundation, William Penn Foundation, Wyncote Foundation, and J. Watkins Fund for the Arts and Education.


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Digital Program


We're going paperless this season! For a copy of the season's touchless and environmentally-friendly program, text PROGRAM to (215) 544-2803. Instructions here.


Safety Precautions


Safety precautions include enhanced cleaning, sanitizing stations, and mobile tickets. PLEASE NOTE: Concessions will not be open for this series. Picnics are welcome!


2021 Safety Badges WTTC Unstoppable PHL


The Mann is proud to be a part of the World Travel & Tourism Council's Safe Travels Program and the PHL Health Pledge. These seals signal our commitment to safely welcoming patrons back to the venue. 

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Picnics are permitted for this performance as a part of the Mann's Summer Picnic Series.

If you are 21 years of age or older and plan to consume alcohol at the concert, please be prepared to present proper I.D.



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Lawn chairs are permitted for this performance. The Mann recommends reasonably sized chairs; be a good neighbor!

Small blankets are permitted for all shows, but we do ask that you be mindful of your neighbors on the lawn. 

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