The Boston Ballet announced this week they will have two Black Box style programs in February at their South End headquarters.
On Feb. 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m., audiences will get an exclusive preview of the Parts In Suite program which will be performed March 9–April 7 at the Boston Opera House. Prior to that, Boston Ballet II (BBII), the second company of Boston Ballet, will present an array of works on Feb. 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m. – both at 19 Clarendon St.
“Our [email protected] programs are wonderful opportunities for people to get up close and personal with the art and artists of Boston Ballet,” said Boston Ballet’s Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen. “I look forward to showcasing the talent of our dancers, choreographers, and educators at our Boston Ballet headquarters.”
- Before Parts In Suite opens at the Boston Opera House on March 9, audiences can get an intimate peek at works by three choreographic powerhouses: William Forsythe, Justin Peck, and Jorma Elo. Forsythe’s Pas/Parts 2016 features an ensemble of 14 dancers performing to an electronic score by frequent Forsythe collaborator Thom Willems. It is a Boston Ballet premiere and marks the second year of Boston Ballet’s partnership with the world-renowned choreographer. Justin Peck is a soloist and the resident choreographer with New York City Ballet. His “In Creases” is a Boston Ballet premiere, the first of Peck’s work performed by the Company. Jorma Elo has been Boston Ballet’s resident choreographer since 2005. His “Bach Cello Suites” made its world premiere in May 2015 and includes a solo cellist performing on stage. The program will also include informal talks with Boston Ballet’s artistic staff.
- Boston Ballet II will perform four works including Tony Award-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon’s “The American” set to music by Antonín Dvoák and the pas de deux from George Balanchine’s “Stars and Stripes” set to music by John Philip Sousa. The American is the first Wheeldon ballet in Boston Ballet II’s repertoire. The program continues with Trazom (Mozart spelled backwards, which is how the composer signed many of his letters to his sister), choreographed by Yury Yanowsky, former principal dancer with Boston Ballet. Trazom premiered in May 2014 as part of Boston Ballet School’s Next Generation performance during Boston Ballet’s 50th anniversary year. Lastly, Peter Stark, associate director of Boston Ballet II and head of Boston Ballet School’s men’s program, choreographed Gopak, after the traditional, energetic Ukrainian male dance.