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6.25.14 – 6.29.14

Wednesday,    
Thursday,
Friday,
Saturday,
Saturday,
Sunday,
JUNE 25, 2014 7:30 PM
JUNE 26, 2014 7:30 PM    
JUNE 27, 2014 8:00 PM
JUNE 28, 2014 2:00 PM
JUNE 28, 2014 8:00 PM
JUNE 29, 2014 2:00 PM
The Second Detail, Resonance, Cacti
The Second Detail, Resonance, Cacti
Symphony in Three Movements, Afternoon of a Faun, Plan to B, Bella Figura
Symphony in Three Movements, Afternoon of a Faun, Plan to B, Bella Figura
Symphony in Three Movements, Afternoon of a Faun, Plan to B, Bella Figura
The Second Detail, Resonance, Cacti

Program 1

THE SECOND DETAIL

CHOREOGRAPHY
MUSIC
STAGE DESIGN
COSTUME DESIGN
LIGHTING DESIGN            
William Forsythe
Thom Willems
William Forsythe
Yumiko Takeshima and Issey Miyake
William Forsythe




World Premiere: February 10, 1991, Toronto, Canada, National Ballet of Canada
Boston Ballet Premiere: April 28, 2011, Boston, MA

William Forsythe is recognized as one of the world’s foremost contemporary choreographers. His work is acknowledged for re-orienting the practice of ballet from its indemnification with classical repertoire to a dynamic 21st century art form.

The Second Detail premiered in 1991. An electrifying combination of classicism and physicality for an ensemble, this work is a potent piece of kinetic energy that never fails to overpower the theatre. The choreography exudes crisp movement and a playful spirit in an unstoppable display of masterful precision. In what has become a signature work for Boston Ballet, the ensemble piece displays the wonderful juxtaposition of individual skill and group chemistry within a dance company. Set to a riveting score by Thom Willems, “Every stabbing shard or splintering clamor of Willem’s music is matched by the dancers’ jagged, spearing steps, high kicks and slides…”, wrote The Sunday Times of Boston Ballet’s 2013 London performance.


RESONANCE

MUSIC
CHOREOGRAPHY
SET DESIGN
COSTUME DESIGN
LIGHTING DESIGN            
SOLO PIANISTS
Franz Liszt
José Martinez
Jean-Marc Puissant
Jean-Marc Puissant
John Cuff
Freda Locker and Alex Foaksman





World Premiere: February 20, 2014, Boston, MA, Boston Ballet

Boston Ballet is the first American company to commission a piece from José Martinez and is pleased to premiere this new work in Boston and New York in 2014.

At the invitation of Artistic Director Rudolf Nureyev, José Martinez joined the Paris Opera Ballet in 1988 and was named an Étoile in 1997. One of the finest dancers in in the world, Martinez is renowned for his classical and contemporary brilliance. Along with performing all major classical ballets, Martinez has worked with the world’s most famous contemporary choreographers, including Pina Bausch, William Forsythe, Maurice Béjart, Roland Petit, John Neumeier, Mats Ek, and Jirí Kylián.

Martinez made his debut as a choreographer in 2002 with Mi Favorita, and in 2009 he received the Prix Benois de la Danse for his full length work, Les Enfants du Paradis which premiered at the Opéra National de Paris in 2008. In December 2010, Martinez was appointed director Compania Nacional de Danza in Spain.

CACTI

MUSIC

CHOREOGRAPHY
SET DESIGN
COSTUME DESIGN
LIGHTING DESIGN            
Joseph Haydn
Franz Schubert*
Alexander Ekman
Tom Visser
Alexander Ekman
Tom Visser





World Premiere: February 25, 2010, The Hague, Netherlands, Nederlands Dans Theater 2
Boston Ballet Premiere:                 May 8, 2014, Boston, MA
 
* Music of the firstpart of Cacti is collectively put together, improvised and composed by Tinta Schmidt von Altenstadt, David Marks, Saskia Viersen, Artur Trajko and Jan Pieter Koch/musical coordinator
 
A ballet that breaks boundaries, Cacti is at once cerebral, humorous and invigorating. Alexander Ekman challenges contemporary perceptions of dance in his unique use of objects sounds, movement, and even the musicians themselves. In 2012 Cacti was nominated for “Best New Modern Choreography” by the UK Dance Critics Foundation. Boston Ballet is the first to perform this work in North America.
 
Alexander Ekman danced with Royal Swedish Ballet, Culberg Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theater 2 before devoting himself entirely to his choreographic work. Ekman is in high demand internationally for his inspiring, honest, and clear voice in modern choreography. His work has been performed by the Culberg Ballet, Dresden Ballet, Ballets de Monte Carlo, Nederlands Dans Theater, Spanish National Ballet and the Sydney Dance Company.


Program 2

SYMPHONY IN THREE MOVEMENTS

MUSIC
CHOREOGRAPHY
LIGHTING DESIGN            
Igor Stravinsky
George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust
Les Dickert



World Premiere: June 18, 1972, New York, NY, New York City Ballet
Boston Ballet Premiere: May 12, 2011, Boston, MA

George Balanchine’s Symphony in Three Movements is a vivacious ensemble work that features 32 dancers and is marked by its breadth of energy and complexity. It premiered at the Stravinsky Festival at New York State Theater in 1972. The Times described Boston Ballet’s 2013 London performance as, “using complex structures, elegantly knotted couplings, jazzy posturing and an outpouring of emancipated power; it is a knockout.” Set to a score by renowned Russian composer Igor Stravinsky, the ballet reflects the jazz undertones in the music with brisk and swift movements that highlight the Company’s graceful athleticism.

Born in St. Petersburg, Russia, George Balanchine is regarded as the foremost neo-classical choreographer in the world of ballet. Taking classicism as his base, he heightened, expanded, and even inverted the fundamentals of the 300 year-old-language of academic dance. Balanchine had an inestimable influence on the growth of ballet in America, which included recommendations to the Ford Foundation that helped establish Boston Ballet and 6 other professional American ballet companies. He became artistic advisor for Boston Ballet in 1963 and gave more than 17 ballets to the company as a gesture of support.


AFTERNOON OF A FAUN

MUSIC
CHOREOGRAPHY
COSTUMES DESIGN            
LIGHTING DESIGN
Claude Debussy
Vaslav Nijinsky
Leon Bakst
John Cuff




World Premiere: May 29, 1912, Paris, France, The Ballet Russes
Boston Ballet Premiere: May 14, 2009, Boston, MA

Known to many as one of the greatest dancers of the 20th century, Vaslav Nijinsky was born in Russia in 1889. At age 9, he joined the Imperial Ballet School in St. Petersburg and soon after joined Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes and went on to become both a legendary dancer and choreographer known for passionate characterizations and spectacular displays of physical talent.

Afternoon of a Faun was Nijinsky’s first work of choreography and made its debut with the Ballet Russes in 1912. Debussy’s music and Nijinsky’s choreography were both inspired by Stéphane Mallarmé’s poem, “L’après-midi d’un faune.” London’s The Independent describes the ballet as, “both lush and angular, with sun baked scenery by Bakst and Nijinsky’s angled Greek vase poses.”   Afternoon of a Faun is considered among the first modern ballets and it inspired controversy upon its premiere for its erotic undertones.   In a 2013 review The Telegraph writes, “The piece at once drips with sensuality and perfectly resembles a frieze in motion – I suspect Nijinsky would have approved.”


PLAN TO B

MUSIC
CHOREOGRAPHY            
COSTUME DESIGN
LIGHTING DESIGN
Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber
Jorma Elo
Jorma Elo
John Cuff




World Premiere: March 25, 2004, Boston, MA, Boston Ballet
                               
Jorma Elo was appointed resident choreographer of Boston Ballet in 2005, where he has created many world premieres His work has been described as “physical, organic, and slightly wild” by Dance Magazine.

Plan to B was titled to reflect Elo’s personal experiences with career transitions – moving from professional dancer to choreographer and the anxiety it brings. Marked by crisp and fluent movements the ballet reverberates with velocity that challenges the perspectives of both dancer and audience. Set to the thrilling music of Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, the sensational Plan to B has been described by The New York Times as “electrifying the senses through complex structures and speed.” Boston Ballet’s 2013 London performance was pronounced, “a blast of invention and speed…[with], a giddiness of detail: the choreography is lifted to a pitch of joyous, near spontaneous exultation.”

BELLA FIGURA

MUSIC




CHOREOGRAPHY
SET DESIGN
COSTUME DESIGN
LIGHTING DESIGN
TECH ADAPTATION            
Lukas Foss
Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
Alessandra Marcello
Antonio Vivaldi
Giuseppe Torelli
Jirí Kylián
Jirí Kylián
Joke Visser
Kees Tjebbes
Kees Tjebbes








World Premiere: October 12, 1995, The Hague, Netherlands, Nederlands Dans Theater
Boston Ballet Premiere: April 28, 2011, Boston, MA

Bella Figura, created in 1995 for the Nederlands Dans Theater, is a dreamlike work set to a Baroque score by Jirí Kylián. Boston Ballet is the first American Company to perform this work. Kylián has described the work as “a journey in time – light and space, addressing the ambiguity of aesthetics – performances and dreams..” In 2013 Boston Ballet performed the piece in London where the The Guardian wrote, “the cast engage with it in such vivid but un-self regarding ways, they add emotional light and shade to it, they roughen up its gloss. It’s the journey these dancers take through Kylian’s choreography that supplies the drama behind the beautiful image.” An emotional masterpiece, audiences have called Bella Figura a beautiful and artistic experience that leaves a lasting impression.

Kylián’s revolutionary choreography has made an impact on the dance community globally. Extraordinarily prolific, he has created 98 works to date and continues to influence artists with his highly theatrical and provocative work.


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