Our Journey

April 6–16, 2023

My’Kal Stromile, Lia Cirio, and Lawrence Rines; Addie Tapp and Sun Woo Lee.
Left photo by Ernesto Galan; Right photo by Nisian Hughes

Explore the unknown

Journey to new depths with two insightful contemporary works that reflect our curiosity about the world and our shared desire for human connection.

Justin Peck’s epic ballet Everywhere We Go floods the stage with kaleidoscopic movement. Peck’s energetic choreography shines against a nine-movement orchestral score composed by GRAMMY and Academy Award nominee Sufjan Stevens. With an impressive cast of 25 dancers, this ensemble-driven piece will have you talking long after you leave the theater.

The program builds to a stunning crescendo with a brand-new work created by lauded choreographer Nanine Linning. Through the lens of an artist, Linning explores the power of expression to shed light on the importance of ocean preservation. 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 will be punctuated by newly created musical compositions by composer Yannis Kyriakides. Vivid imagery in collaboration with haute couture designer Yuima Nakazato, visual and new media artist Heleen Blanken, and award-winning lighting designer Brandon Stirling Baker combine with Linning’s explosive choreography for an unforgettable dance experience.

Boston Ballet and the WOODS HOLE OCEANOGRAPHIC INSTITUTION (WHOI) are collaborating on the world premiere of 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. Both organizations 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.

Behind the Scenes




Thursday, Apr 6 at 7:30 pm
Friday, Apr 7 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, Apr 8 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, Apr 9 at 1:30 pm
Thursday, Apr 13 at 7:30 pm
Friday, Apr 14 at 7:30 pm*
Saturday, Apr 15 at 1:30 and 7:30 pm
Sunday, Apr 16 at 1:30 pm

Our Journey runs approximately one hour and 55 minutes including one intermission.
*April 14th ticket holders enjoy a complimentary post performance talk with the creators of La Mer

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.

These performances of Justin Peck’s Everywhere We Go have been made possible by generous gifts from a Sponsorship Circle, including Dr. Charles S. Carignan and supporting sponsors Ashley and Jamie Harmon, Eric Klotch, and Jessica and Daniel Schmitz.

Important message for attending live indoor performances:

No proof of vaccination or negative test needed to enter the theater. Face masks are highly encouraged but not required.


Please Note: Strobe lights are used in the performance of La Mer. The music in some ballets may be loud depending on where you are sitting and your own comfort level. Please plan accordingly.


La Mer World Premiere

Concept, Creation, Choreography

Nanine Linning


Claude Debussy La Mer & Noctures: III. Sirènes. 

Sound Compositions

Yannis Kyriakides


Peggy Olislaegers

Costume Design

Yuima Nakazato

Video Scenography

Heleen Blanken

Lighting Design

Brandon Stirling Baker

Stage Design

Benjamin Phillips 


Lorelei Ensemble; Beth Willer, Artistic Director

Soundscape Soprano

Kristia Michael

Everywhere We Go



Justin Peck


Sufjan Stevens
Commissioned by New York City Ballet


Sufjan Stevens and Michael P. Atkinson

Costume Design

Janie Taylor

Costume Supervisor

Marc Happel

Scenic Design

Karl Jensen

Scenery Supervisor

Penny Jacobus 

Lighting Design

Brandon Stirling Baker


Craig Salstein

Our Journey April 6–16, 2023