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.

Music Director and Conductor Mischa Santora conducting

Photo credit: Brooke Trisolini

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.


Rising Stars | April 14 & 15 at 7:30 pm
Meet the stars of tomorrow as they prepare for careers on the mainstage. Enjoy performances by the young professional dancers of Boston Ballet II (BBII), Boston Ballet’s second company, alongside dancers from Boston Ballet School’s Post Graduate program. This evening of stunning ballet features varied works including George Balanchine’s Allegro Brilliante, Principal Dancer Lia Cirio's Lenore, and more.

Thursday Evening
Friday Evening



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 and pays tribute to every artist’s ongoing struggle.

Wednesday Evening
Thursday Evening


Wynton Marsalis

Stanley Crouch

Music Director & Conductor
Mischa Santora

Guest Narrator
Regie Gibson

Christine Vitale**

Robert Lynam*

Alexis Lanz*

Stephanie Busby

Bruce Hall*

Robert Couture*♦

Richard Flanagan*

Full Program Run Time
Approx. 1 hour 15 mins

* Boston Ballet Orchestra principal chair
** Boston Ballet Orchestra concertmaster
*** Boston Ballet principal solo pianist
♦ The Donald J. Sanders Chair, endowed in perpetuity


Important message for attending live indoor performances:
Health & Safety policies

*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