Boston Ballet in partnership with the Mayor's Office of Arts, Tourism & Special Events, presents the fourth annual Strand Theatre performances on Friday, February 15, 2013 at 11am and 7pm. The program features performances by Boston Ballet, Boston Ballet II, Boston Ballet School students, and Dorchester's own Boys in Motion students from the Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School. The matinee performance is specifically for Boston Public School students, while the evening performance is free of charge and open to the general public.
Boston Ballet's annual visit to the Strand acts as a gateway to the arts for many members of the Boston community. The diverse programming introduces a variety of dance genres including classical ballet, neoclassical ballet, and contemporary dance.
"Boston Ballet is thrilled to continue our relationship with the greater Dorchester community," said Boston Ballet Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen. "We are fully invested in this program, as well as the access it provides to the art form of dance."
This year's program features a distinguished range of repertoire. Boston Ballet Resident Choreographer Jorma Elo's dynamic Plan to B will be performed by the Company, along with the expressive Lost by Last which features dancers from Boston Ballet II. The Company will also perform an excerpt from Christopher Bruce's spirited Rooster, set to music by the Rolling Stones, legendary choreographer Marius Petipa's Blue Bird pas de deux from his classic, The Sleeping Beauty, and Niris, an original work choreographed by Boston Ballet principal dancer Yury Yanowsky.
Boston Ballet's Boys in Motion will perform an original work by Yo-el Cassell, Boston Ballet School faculty member and program instructor. Boys in Motion, part of Boston Ballet's Education and Community Initiatives' Taking Steps, is a creative dance troupe designed exclusively for middle school boys. The program was founded in 2010, and has since touched the lives of 37 students from the Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School.
"These students have done something so remarkable with this program," said Zakiya Thomas, Director of Education and Community Initiatives. "Their passion for dance shines when they're on stage. These performances are not only important for them, but for their neighborhood and the community at large."
The 11am performance for Boston Public School students highlights the theme of gender roles in different dance genres. Boston Ballet Company dancers will speak with students about how different types of choreography calls for a variety of strengths and abilities. The discussion will aim to inspire self-confidence in the students as they explore new ventures in life.
"I want to thank Boston Ballet for its continued commitment to the residents of our city," Mayor Thomas M. Menino said. "By bringing this beautiful art form into our neighborhoods the Ballet inspires Boston's youth to explore new things and express themselves creatively."
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Since 1963, Boston Ballet has been one of the leading dance companies in the world on stage, in the studio, and in the community. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen and Executive Director Barry Hughson, the Company maintains an internationally acclaimed repertoire and one of the largest ballet schools in the world, Boston Ballet School.
Boston Ballet maintains a repertoire of classical, neo-classical, and contemporary works, ranging from full-length story ballets to new works by some of today's finest choreographers. Boston Ballet's second company, Boston Ballet II, is comprised of pre-professional dancers who gain experience by performing with the Company and independently, presenting lecture-demonstrations and special programs to audiences throughout the Northeast.
Boston Ballet School, the official school of Boston Ballet, has a long-standing dedication to excellence and access. The School reaches more than 10,000 students (toddler to adult) each year through Boston Ballet School classes, the Summer Dance Workshop, and the Summer Dance Program held at three studio locations in Boston, Newton, and the North Shore.
Boston Ballet's nationally-acclaimed education programs include Citydance, Taking Steps, and Adaptive Dance. The programs are offered in partnership with the Boston Public Schools and in communities throughout the city and region.
The Mayor's Office of Arts Tourism & Special Events
The Mayor's Office of Arts Tourism & Special Events is responsible for advancing the arts, tourism and culture in the city of Boston by providing advocacy, support, promotional and technical assistance, and by producing special events and public celebrations that reflect the city's rich diversity.
The Strand Theatre
The mission of the Strand Theatre is to serve as a cultural and educational resource to artists and audiences regardless of race or cultural background, age, ability, gender, economic level, or sexual orientation. Central to the Strand's mission is the development and implementation of youth arts educations programs. The Strand Theatre has a special commitment to the surrounding communities of Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan.
Boston Ballet gratefully acknowledges the following institutional partners:
State Street Corporation, 2012 Presenting Sponsor, The Nutcracker
The Boston Foundation
Massachusetts Cultural Council
National Endowment for the Arts
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