May 6-28, 2016
In a program that reflects the many facets of contemporary dance, Mirrors features two eagerly anticipated world premieres, alongside the Company premiere of Belong and the return of Resonance. The four pieces highlight the depth and scope of contemporary dance vocabulary. With works that range from the lyrically romantic to the unique creations of an award-winning "punk ballerina," each piece in this program builds on the foundations of classical dance, often in surprising and thought-provoking ways. Mirrors provides a lens through which the audience can connect with the dancers on stage.
The program opens with José Martinez's Resonance. When it premiered in 2014, Boston Ballet became the first North American company to commission a work by the sought after choreographer. The complex work for 19 dancers features sets by award-winning designer Jean-Marc Puissant and the music of Franz Liszt's "Transcendental Études." The interplay of light, shadow, and movement makes for a dynamic work which blends classical and contemporary vocabulary.
Choreography: Jose Martinez Music: Franz Liszt Scenery: Jean Marc Puissant Costumes: Jean Marc Puissant Lighting: John Cuff
Boston Ballet is thrilled to commission a world premiere by Karole Armitage, set to the iconic Miles Davis track "Bitches Brew", with costumes designed by Peter Speliopoulos, VP of Design for Donna Karen New York. Known for boundary-breaking dance and drastic classicism that seeks to engage the audience in new and meaningful ways Armitage has choreographed everything from ballet to music videos for Madonna and Michael Jackson. Her works echoes her classical ballet training, in-depth knowledge of the Balanchine repertoire, and the works of her mentor Merce Cunningham.
In her hands, the classic and modern vocabulary of dance is pushed to the limits of what movement can be. Dubbed "the punk ballerina" by Vanity Fair, Armitage recently choreographed the Cirque du Soleil show "Amaluna" and was nominated for a Tony for the Broadway revival of Hair.
Karole Armitage's Bitches Brew was made possible in part by a generous gift from John and Janice Doyle.
Choreography: Karole Armitage Music: Miles Davis, "Bitches Brew" † Costumes: Peter Steliopoulos Lighting: Clifton Taylor
†"Bitches Brew" - Music of Miles Davis. By arrangements with SONY Music Entertainment , Kobalt Music, and East St. Louis Music, Inc.
Norbert Vesak's deeply emotional Belong is a Company premiere. This haunting piece, set to Syrinx's "December Angel" is a lyrical, intimate, and romantic duet. Originally part of Vesak's ballet What to do Til the Messiah Comes (1973), the Belong pas de deux has been called a "romantic visual poem" (Critical Dance) with intricate and sinuous choreography reflecting the emotional connection between two dancers.
Choreography: Norbert Vesak Staging: Anthony Randazzo Music: John Mills Cockell ("December Angel" by Syrinx) Costumes: Robert de la Rose Lighting: Robert de la Rose Lighting Execution: John Cuff
Recently retired Boston Ballet principal dancer Yury Yanowsky debuts his first Company commission specifically for the Boston Opera House stage. After 21 seasons dancing with the Company, Yanowsky has already gained international recognition for his choreography, most recently as the recipient of the prestigious Erik Bruhn Prize for Choreography. Yanowsky has a "unique sense of contemporary dance and personal point of view… he's a very deep artist." (Boston Globe) Be the first to see Yanowsky's world premiere, Smoke and Mirrors, as he launches the next phase of his creative life with Boston Ballet.
These performances of Yury Yanowsky's world premiere, Smoke and Mirrors have been made possible by a generous gift from Donna and Michael Egan.
Choreography: Yury Yanowsky Music: Lucas Vidal Scenery: Mikko Nissinen Lighting: John Cuff
Post-Show Talk - Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Join Boston Ballet artistic staff and dancers immediately after the 7:30 pm performance for a behind-the-scenes look at Mirrors. Event takes place in the Boston Opera House Main Lobby and is free for all ticket holders to the May 14, 7:30 pm performance.
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