Black Box Experience

A collection of performances at Boston Ballet's grand rehearsal studio located at 19 Clarendon Street. The studio transforms into an intimate black box theater bringing the audience even closer to the art.

Pianist Fredi Locker playing the piano within the grand studio, photo by Ernesto Galan.

Pianist Fredi Locker

Photo credit: Ernesto Galan

We are excited to welcome you to 19 Clarendon Street for this season's Black Box Experience series. Get up close and personal with Boston Ballet and experience creative projects you won’t see on the main stage. All performances take place in our intimate black box theater. Tickets are limited, so explore the programs below and save your seats before shows sell out.


Schoenberg in Color | Nov 3–4 at 7:30 pm
Boston Ballet's music department brings you the first in-person event of the season. Add a splash of color to your fall with this highly visual program featuring the musical and artistic stylings of Arnold Schoenberg (1874–1951). Lauded as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, Schoenberg was an artistic jack-of-all-trades whose work spanned creative mediums.

Boston Ballet Orchestra musicians will perform Schoenberg's composition Transfigured Night as Music Director Mischa Santora leads audiences through an exploration of the artist's paintings and his lasting legacy in the creative world. Perfect for music aficionados, visual art lovers, and everyone in between.

Wednesday Evening
Thursday Evening


Arnold Schoenberg

Music Director & Conductor
Mischa Santora


Transfigured Night (string sextet version), op. 4 (1899)

Christine Vitale** & Julia Cash

Jean Haig* & Sarah Darling

Ronald Lowry* & Melanie Dyball


Three Piano Pieces, op. 11 (1909)

Alex Foaksman***

Full Program Run Time
Approx. 50 min

* Boston Ballet Orchestra principal chair
** Boston Ballet Orchestra concertmaster
*** Boston Ballet principal solo pianist

A Fiddler's Tale | Jan 19–20 at 7:30 pm
Our music series continues with a live performance by members of the Boston Ballet Orchestra. Listen to Wynton Marsalis' jazzy composition A Fiddler's Tale, his contemporary response to Igor Stravinsky's A Soldier's Tale. The performance will be coupled with narration written by poet Stanley Crouch, who weaves a cautionary tale about a young violinist tempted to sell her soul to a record producer. A darkly poetic performance that highlights the versatility of Boston Ballet's musicians.

Wednesday Evening
Thursday Evening



Boston Ballet will host two dance showcases at our black box theater in 2022. Program details to be announced. Check back soon.

*Black Box Experience programming is subject to change          

The audience connection to the art is what truly brings it to life.

Mikko Nissinen, Artistic Director