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Tyson Clark, Lia Cirio, Tigran Mkrtchyan by Erin Baiano


Awaken your passion.

April 25-May 5, 2024

Jorma Elo Carmen
Florence Clerc Kingdom of the Shades
featuring an extraordinary score performed by the brilliant Boston Ballet Orchestra

Lia Cirio, Tigran Mkrtchyan by Erin Baiano


Full of passion, anger, and struggle, the alluring music and human storytelling of Carmen is timeless. Reimagined over centuries through theater, film, opera and dance, the story revolves around a powerful but tragic female heroine. Jorma Elo’s version, set to the iconic score by Rodion Shchedrin after Georges Bizet, is a whirlwind of dance as technically ravaging as it is emotionally.

Artists of Boston Ballet by Gene Schiavone

Kingdom of the Shades

One of the most cherished and recognizable classical moments in dance history, Florence Clerc after Marius Petipa’s Kingdom of the Shades features 24 dancers in unison, entering the stage in synchronized lines. A moment of sheer beauty, it is as mesmerizing to watch as it is difficult to perform. The opening sequence is followed by a classical pas de deux (dance for two) between lovers. The ballet is a perfect example of how Boston Ballet is preserving the absolute best of ballet’s legacy while leaving behind the outdated and problematic storytelling of the ballet. Kingdom of the Shades is originally from Act III of La Bayadère. Learn why we have chosen not to perform the full ballet HERE.


Thursday, April 25 at 7:30 pm
Friday, April 26 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 27 at 1:30 pm
Saturday, April 27 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 28 at 1:30 pm
Thursday, May 2 at 7:30 pm
Friday, May 3 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 4 at 1:30 and 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 5 at 1:30 pm

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Content advisory:
Brief sections of the ballet, Carmen, contain choreographic depictions of violence.
Please Note
The music in some ballets may be loud depending on where you are sitting and your own comfort level. Please plan accordingly.

Run time: Approximately one hour and 40 minutes with one intermission.




Jorma Elo


Rodion Shchedrin after Georges Bizet by arrangement with G. Schirmer, Inc

Costume Design

Joke Visser

Lighting Designer

Mikki Kunttu

Sets Design

Benjamin Phillips 

Kingdom of the Shades from La Bayadère


Florence Clerc, after Marius Petipa


Ludwig Minkus


Feb 4, 1877, Imperial Theater, St. Petersburg

Carmen April 25-May 5, 2024