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Artifact 2017

Lia Cirio and Paulo Arrais

Photo Credit: RACHEL NEVILLE Photography

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Hailed as “a viscerally thrilling celebration of classical dance” by The New York Times, Artifact transports audiences into the mind of choreographic genius William Forsythe, as dancers flood the stage en masse, pushing the limits of their physicality. Forsythe masterfully combines powerful choreography, spoken word, and artistic sets, in this athletic, avant-garde spectacle.
We’re proud to be the first North American company to premiere Forsythe’s full-length masterpiece Artifact during the inaugural year of our five-year partnership with the world-renowned choreographer. Artifact 2017 joins the collection of Forsythe’s works already in our repertoire, including audience favorites, The Second DetailThe Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, and In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated.



William Forsythe


Part I: Eva Crossman-Hecht; Part II: J.S. Bach, “Chaconne from Partita Nr.2 BWV 1004; Part III: Sound Collage by William Forsythe; Part IV: Eva Crossman-Hecht

Set Lighting, and Costume Design

William Forsythe

World Premiere

Dec 5, 1984, Ballett Frankfurt

Boston Ballet Premiere

Feb 23, 2017, Boston Opera House, Boston, Massachusetts

The 2016-2017 performances of Artifact were made possible by generous gifts from a sponsorship circle including Donna and Michael Egan and Andrea and Frederick Hoff.

These performances have received additional support through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Company expresses its deepest gratitude to Lisa and Tom Blumenthal for their extraordinary support of William Forsythe and his partnership with Boston Ballet.

*all posted casting on this website is subject to change