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Shantell Martin by Catalina Kulczar; Melissa Toogood by Erin Baiano; Lia Cirio by
Rachel Neville Photography; Claudia Schreier; Tiler Peck by Vincent Tullo.

Hear her heart beat

Five ChoreograpHERs, five voices, five world premieres. Experience this female-led program celebrating innovative women across creative fields including choreography, music, design, and visual art—each work as distinct and unique as each ChoreograpHER.

Ballet phenomenon, New York City Ballet Principal Dancer, and choreographer Tiler Peck will build a brand-new work for Boston Ballet. She recently received accolades for her choreography at Vail International Dance Festival and for the film John Wick 3: Parabellum.

Claudia Schreier brings her distinctive choreographic voice to Boston audiences, fusing together neoclassical technique with a contemporary vocabulary. She has choreographed over 30 ballets and her work has been commissioned by companies and organizations including Dance Theatre of Harlem, Vail International Dance Festival, American Ballet Theatre Studio Company, Juilliard Opera, New York Choreographic Institute, and Joffrey Winning Works.

Visual artist Shantell Martin—internationally-acclaimed for her landscape of lines and existential questions—will create her first choreographic work. The multi-talented artist brings a playful approach to the stage and inspires audiences to tap into their own creativity.

Principal Dancer and choreographer Lia Cirio will create her first main stage work for the Company. Cirio participated in BB@home: ChoreograpHER in 2018 and 2019. She also created the peppermint wind for Boston Ballet School’s Next Generation in 2019.

Melissa Toogood brings the authentic voice of the American modern dance legacy to Boston with her world premiere. She is an award-winning dancer and choreographer of the highest caliber and represents modern dance today like no one else. Toogood is both a dancer and rehearsal director for Pam Tanowitz Dance. She was a member of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company and has taught Cunningham Technique internationally since 2007.

The program will also feature conceptual art by writer, researcher, and artist Emma McCormick-Goodhart.



With Appreciation

ChoreograpHER has been made possible by generous gifts from a Commissioners Circle including the Stephanie L. Brown Foundation, Brynja Vifilsdottir and Hannes Smarason, and an anonymous donor.

The ChoreograpHER Initiative has been made possible by Lead Sponsors Amy and David Abrams, Marie and Mark Schwartz, and Elizabeth Yntema, along with a generous grant from the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

Tiler Peck’s world premiere has been made possible by a generous gift from Ronald G. Casty and family.

Claudia Schreier’s world premiere has been made possible by a generous gift from the Krupp Endowment for Contemporary Dance.

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

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World Premiere


Lia Cirio

World Premiere


Tiler Peck


World Premiere


Claudia Schreier

World Premiere


Melissa Toogood

World Premiere


Shantell Martin

Performance Length: Approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes, including one 20-minute intermission

Behind the Scenes Meet the ChoreograpHERs