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Next Generation

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Next Generation

The next generation of stars.

ONE NIGHT ONLY | May 15, 2024

George Balanchine’s Serenade and an excerpt from The Four Temperaments
Excerpts from Marius Petipa’s Satanella and Le Talisman
Pas de deux from Christopher Wheeldon’s This Bitter Earth
Sonia Kim’s Pièce Classique
Andrea Schermoly’s The Second (world premiere)

Next Generation is Boston Ballet School’s exciting one night only performance that empowers talented young dancers to achieve excellence in the professional realm. Next Generation is performed at Citizens Opera House on Wednesday, May 15, 2024. Featuring dancers of Boston Ballet II, Graduate Program dancers, and students of Boston Ballet School’s Professional Division at Walnut Hill School for the Arts, this evening of outstanding artistry is exceptional.

Trained by world-renowned faculty, these dancers collectively represent the talent of Boston Ballet and Boston Ballet School, with aspirations of excelling in a professional dance company. The performance is elevated by live orchestral accompaniment by the Next Generation Orchestra, comprised of all-star young musicians from top youth orchestras and music schools around the city.

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Next Generation Orchestra

Led by the creative power of Boston Ballet Assistant Conductor, Alyssa Wang, the Next Generation Orchestra provides a unique opportunity for music students to experience performing with a ballet production and mentoring by Boston Ballet Orchestra members.

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Serenade

CELEBRATING 90 YEARS

George Balanchine’s Serenade is the first ballet he created after arriving in America 90 years ago. Set to Tchaikovsky’s luminous score, this elegant work beautifully illustrates the choreographer’s unparalleled musicality and graceful technique, wafting like the finest perfume.

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This Bitter Earth

Christopher Wheeldon’s haunting and poetic pas de deux explores vulnerability, reflection, love lost, and love found. A stirring duet, This Bitter Earth was first performed for Boston Ballet II’s virtual performance season during the pandemic. Be swept away by languid, poetic dance and the haunting collage of music by Dinah Washington and Max Richter.

Pièce Classique

Pièce Classique is a beautiful tenet to relay to the next generation of stars. Known for her commitment to the pedagogical lineage and canon of classical ballet, Korean choreographer Sonia Kim focuses on precision, energy, and artistry in her creations.

Reflecting a dancers’ training and progression, Kim’s piece increases in intensity and complexity as Prokofiev’s score soars.

Sonia Kim joins Boston Ballet School as a special guest from Korean University of the Arts where she is Dean of the School of Dance.

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THE DETAILS

Imperial March

Music

Edward Elgar

Santanella Pas De Deux

Choreographer

Marius Petipa

Music

Cesare Pugni

Staging

Joan Boada

Costumes

Courtesy of Boston Ballet

Serenade

Choreography

George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust

Music

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Staging

Miranda Weese

Costumes

Barbara Karinska

The Four Temperaments
Three Themes Excerpt

Choreography

George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust

Music

Paul Hindemith
The Four Temperaments

Staging

Miranda Weese

Costumes

Kurt Seligmann

The Second (premiere)

Choreography

Andrea Schermoly

Music

Ólafur Arnalds
Partisans

Laurie Anderson
O Superman

Rehearsal Director

Joan Boada

Le Talisman Pas De Deux

Choreography

Marius Petipa

Music

Riccardo Drigo

Staging

Joan Boada 

This Bitter Earth Pas de Deux

Choreography

Christopher Wheeldon

Music

Dinah Washington, Max Richter
This Bitter Earth/On the Nature of Daylight

Staging

Michele Gifford

Rehearsal Director

Joan Boada

Pièce de Classique

Choreography

Sonia Kim

Music

Sergei Prokofiev
Classical Symphony, Op. 25: I. Allegro con brio
Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major, Op. 100: II. Allegro marcato
Cinderella, Op. 87: Cinderella Goes to the Ball
Cinderella, Op. 87: Cinderella’s Waltz
Libretto by Nikolai Volkov
Presented under license by G. Schirmer, Inc., copyright owners.
Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major, Mvt. 2
Composed by Sergei Prokofiev
Presented under license by G. Schirmer, Inc., copyright owners.

Rehearsal Directors

Joan Boada, Rie Ichikawa, Kathleen Mitchell

Next Generation May 15, 2024