Boston Ballet on Tour

Photo credit: Ernesto Galan

Upcoming Tour Dates

National Arts Centre
Ottawa, Ontario
November 7–9, 2019

Boston Ballet returns to the National Arts Centre with a program including William Forsythe’s Blake Works I, featuring 21 dancers set to music from GRAMMY-nominated British musician James Blake’s album “The Colour in Anything.” Principal Dancer Paulo Arrais’ ELA, Rhapsody in Blue is a new work for a cast of 14 men and one central female dancer set George Gershwin’s jazzy score. The Company will also perform the 1940s Broadway-infused Fancy Free, a ballet choreographed by Jerome Robbins and set to iconic music by Leonard Bernstein.

Ticket Information

Boston Ballet II at Spruce Peak Resort
Saturday, November 2 at 7:30 pm
Stowe, Vermont

Boston Ballet II (BBII) will perform at Spruce Peak Resort in Stowe, Vermont on Saturday, November 2 at 7:30 pm. The program will feature three works by Boston Ballet-based choreographers, a 19th century work by Arthur Saint-Léon, composer Amilcare Ponchielli’s Dance of the Hours, a romantic duet by Tony Award-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, and excerpts from Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker.

Led by Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen and Associate Director of BBII Peter Stark, Boston Ballet II (BBII), the second company of Boston Ballet, is a two-year program featuring young, classically-trained dancers on the cusp of their professional careers. They perform extensively with the main Company at the Citizens Bank Opera House, in addition to their own touring engagements. BBII alumni make up more than a third of the current Boston Ballet roster, and others have gone on to professional careers in numerous American and international companies.


A Celebrated History

Touring has been a vital part of Boston Ballet’s identity from its earliest years. Under Company founder E. Virginia Williams numerous regional tours (as the pre-professional New England Civic Ballet) attracted the attention of George Balanchine. His recommendation lead to the awarding of a Ford Grant and the creation of a professional company in 1963. The newly professional Boston Ballet continued to tour nationally with performances throughout the 1960s and 1970s at Jacobs Pillow and in cities throughout the U.S. In 1967 Boston Ballet dancers had the honor of performing for President Johnson and his guests at the White House alongside the Opera Company of Boston. In 1972 Boston Ballet stepped onto the international stage when dancers joined Rudolf Nureyev on tour in Mexico. In 1979 the Company embarked on their first international tour to the Nervi Festival in Italy.

Boston Ballet’s international profile continued to grow throughout the early 1980s. During the 1980 world tour, which included stops in Italy, France, Israel, and Hong Kong, Boston Ballet became the first U.S. ballet company to tour to The People’s Republic of China. In 1981 the company again joined Nureyev on tour, with a debut at the London Coliseum. Boston Ballet continued to tour with Nureyev, performing in Europe in the summer of 1982. Touring at home and abroad continued into the late 1980s and 1990s, including engagements at the Spoleto Festival in South Carolina in 1988 and 1989; the Kennedy Center in 1990 and 1994; Spain in 1991; and France in 1998.

Today, Boston Ballet Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen continues the legacy of critically acclaimed national and international tours. Highlights include repeat appearances at the Fall for Dance Festival in New York in 2004, 2007, 2009, 2015, and 2018; return engagements at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. in 2008, 2013, and 2014; the Company’s debut at Lincoln Center in New York in 2014; the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center in June 2018, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood in August 2018. International tours include Spain in 2007 and 2010; Korea in 2008; Helsinki, Finland in 2012; a triumphant return to the London Coliseum in 2013 as part of the company’s 50th celebrations, and a historic debut in Paris at Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in 2019.

Touring remains a significant aspect of the Company’s mission, expanding Boston Ballet’s ability to develop new audiences, take artistic risks, and engage in the cultural life of communities at home and abroad. 

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Our artist/athletes are always pushing themselves to the edge. That passion and energy is what makes watching them so exhilarating.

Mikko Nissinen, Artistic Director