Boston Ballet on Tour

Paris Tour Announcement

Upcoming Tour Dates

Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris, France

Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
Paris, France
April 9–11, 2019

Boston Ballet will debut at the historic Théâtre des Champs-Élysées. The Company will present the European premiere of acclaimed choreographer William Forsythe’s latest world premiere, Playlist (EP), created for Boston Ballet as part of the Full on Forsythe program in March 2019, along with his Pas/Parts 2018 and Jiří Kylián’s Wings of Wax.

Boston Ballet’s 2019 Paris Tour has received the generous support of Brigitte & Gerard Moufflet and Ms. Lara Hurley.

Boston Ballet invites members of the E. Virginia Williams Society to join us on a very special trip to Paris for Boston Ballet’s debut. To learn more, please contact Katrina Foster, Assistant Director of Development.

Tour Opening Night Post-Performance Party tickets will be available to Benefactors for purchase. Please contact Linda Jones, Director of Partnerships and Events.

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Jacob’s Pillow, Becket, MA

Jacob’s Pillow
Ted Shawn Theatre, Becket, MA
August 21–25, 2019

Boston Ballet returns to Jacob’s Pillow for the first time in over a decade, performing new works by choreographic and visual artist William Forsythe, revived classics by Russian choreographer Leonid Yakobson, and Resident Choreographer Jorma Elo’s Bach Cello Suites.

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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, and 2015; 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, and upcoming performances with the New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center in June 2018 and with the Boston Symphony Orchestra at Tanglewood in August 2018. International tours include Spain in 2007 and 2010; Korea in 2008; Helsinki, Finland in 2012; and a triumphant return to the London Coliseum in 2013 as part of the company’s 50th celebrations.

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