Kelly Murray | Artistic Director, 180 Dance Company
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PHILADELPHIA, PA—180 Dance Company has drawn the attention of Philadelphia audiences for three seasons, but for the first time, the nonprofit contemporary ballet company has caught the eye of a New York choreographer. Chip Klose, known for his Off-Broadway and Regional/University work, approached 180 Dance Company with the desire to set two pieces on the company – “All Things Change in Time” and “Momentum.” 180 Dance Company will debut these pieces in a show entitled “Shifting Energy” on Saturday, September 22 at 3:30pm and 8pm at the Wayne Ballet Black Box Theatre, 205 W. Lancaster Avenue, and on Saturday, October 6 at 4pm and 7:30pm at the Jeanne Ruddy Performance Garage, 1515 Brandywine Street. The Wayne premiere on September 22 will include a Conversation and Reception at 7pm. Tickets for “Shifting Energy” are $15-$20 (student and senior pricing available); tickets to the Conversation and Reception are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Tickets are available online at 180dance.org.
“Momentum” is an abstract ballet choreographed for three women; more than anything it is a direct response to Schubert’s rich score (Opus 54), which he composed during the summer of 1824 while visiting Zseliz, Hungary. “When I first heard the music I couldn’t help but get swept up in it,” says Klose. “I was overwhelmed by how accessible and ‘modern’ the piece felt. As the title suggests, I wanted to explore the idea of momentum – the ever-shifting nature of energy.”
“All Things Change in Time,” Klose’s second piece, is a 16-minute ballet featuring eight female dancers and is set to the rock score of Snow Patrol’s “The Lightning Strike.” Highlighting how the freedom and joy of childhood turn into the restricted self-awareness of adulthood, this ballet incorporates modern and jazz influences to create a conceptual piece about self-esteem.
Conversation & Reception at the Wayne Premiere Performance
Choreographer, Chip Klose, will be visiting from New York City to watch 180 Dance Company’s Philadelphia premiere of “All Things Change in Time” and “Momentum” Chip will discuss his inspiration and the choreographic process. The discussion will be followed by a Question and Answer Session with Chip and with 180 Dance Company’s Artistic Director, Kelly Murray. After, guests are invited to enjoy hors d’eouvres and mingle with Chip, Kelly and other Friends of 180. Beverages and Appetizers included with the Conversation & Reception ticket. Cash Bar available.
About the Choreographer
Chip Klose, originally from West Chester, first contacted 180 Dance Company in the Spring of 2011. The New York-based Director and Choreographer is also the Founding Artistic Director of Dreamlight Theatre Company. He has earned two Barrymore Award Nominations and two Drama Desk Nominations. 180 Dance Company enjoyed their time working with Klose and both are excited to present their collaborative efforts.
About 180 Dance Company
Founded in 2009, 180 Dance Company is a contemporary ballet company located in the Philadelphia area that encourages self-reflection and positive changes in the world through the art of dance. We seek to offer our audience an emotional performance that resonates with each individual by focusing on the human experience and the joys and struggles that unite us all. Our company holds public performances at a variety of venues throughout the year. We are also available for bookings at workshops, retreats, charitable events, weddings, school assemblies, community events, and other social functions.
Shifting Energy by 180 Dance Company
Saturday, September 22 at 3:30pm & 8:00pm
Conversation & Reception at 7:00pm
Wayne Ballet Black Box Theater
205 W. Lancaster Ave, Wayne, PA
Shifting Energy by 180 Dance Company
Saturday, October 6, 2012 at 4:00 PM & 7:30 PM
The Performance Garage
1515 Brandywine Street, Philadelphia
For more info, visit www.180dance.org