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Behind the Scenes of La Mer

Explore the romance, beauty, and volatility of the sea.
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Behind the Scenes of La Mer

Explore the romance, beauty, and volatility of the sea.
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Behind The Scenes of La Mer


Discovering La Mer


In a piece led by artist and choreographer NANINE LINNING, Boston Ballet sheds light on the importance of ocean preservation. Together, with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), we believe that the creative drive inherent in both the arts and sciences to learn more about the world around us can be the basis for positive change worldwide. The goal of the ballet is to inspire curiosity about our shared ocean planet and to raise hope for a sustainable future for all.

Introducing WHOI


Boston Ballet and WOODS HOLE OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTION (WHOI) have joined forces to collaborate on Nanine Linning’s upcoming world premiere, La Mer, a contemporary ballet that explores the nature of threats facing the ocean, as well as the potential in the ocean to create solutions to our most challenging environmental and societal problems.

La Mer World Premiere

“This collaboration with Boston Ballet, where we could bring in an extraordinary team of artists and collaborate with scientists who give our work extra dimension and context has been incredible. I have been amazed by the dancer’s transformation from classical dancing to my work as a contemporary choreographer. I feel that they are so eager and hungry for co-creation, co-ownership, and discovering together, that it’s been so smooth, warm, and energizing,” said Linning.

The collaborators of La Mer


Featuring dramaturg PEGGY OLISLAEGERS, YUIMA NAKAZATO, haute couture designer from Tokyo who presents annually at Paris Fashion Week, HELEEN BLANKEN, a visual scenographer based in Amsterdam, and composer YANNIS KYRIAKIDES, who works with some of the best orchestras and choirs in the world. This team also includes Boston Ballet’s acclaimed Lighting Designer BRANDON STIRLING BAKER and Technical Director and Stage Designer Benjamin Phillips.

The music of La Mer

La Mer is set to CLAUDE DEBUSSY’s sweeping La Mer and choral work Sirènes. Performed live by the BOSTON BALLET ORCHESTRA and Boston’s virtuosic women’s vocal group LORELEI ENSEMBLE, the ballet will be punctuated by newly created musical compositions by composer Yannis Kyriakides.

Watch the trailer to get a glimpse of what’s in store with this new and insightful contemporary work, shedding light on the importance of ocean preservation.

With Appreciation

The Company gratefully acknowledges Barbara and Amos Hostetter for their outstanding support of our commitment to amplifying diverse artistic voices.

Nanine Linning’s world premiere La Mer has been made possible by generous gifts from a Commissioners Circle, including Lisa and Tom Blumenthal, the Stephanie L. Brown Foundation, Lori M. Heinel, and Brynja Vifilsdottir and Hannes Smarason.

Additional support has been granted by the Dutch Culture USA program of the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in New York.