Commissions of Work by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and Helen Pickett
Justin Flores in Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Still@Life. Photo by Alexander Iziliaev.
BalletX commissioned new works by two female choreographers, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and Helen Pickett, which examined gender issues in ballet culture. Ochoa's Still@Life, her first collaboration with an American dance company, was inspired by still life paintings and portraits from the Baroque era, set to music by J. S. Bach and van Wassenaer. Pickett's Union was an abstract ballet with original music by German composer and musician Bernd Sippel. The new works were presented on a program that also featured a revival of Numb Roads (2001), choreographed by BalletX's Christine Cox.