Spring Experience


Daniel Durrett by Liza Voll

Experience the vibrant living art of dance.

May 9-19, 2024
Explore the three ballets that are part of Boston Ballet’s Spring Experience program.

William Forsythe Blake Works III (The Barre Project),
Jiří Kylián Bella Figura and Ken Ossola World Premiere

Ji Young Chae by Liza Voll

Blake Works III
(The Barre Project)

William Forsythe returns to Boston with the dynamic and masterful ballet, Blake Works III (The Barre Project). This work pushes our artform into new territory yet again. The masterpiece was created for Boston Ballet in 2022 and is set to the propulsive and beautifully structured music of composer James Blake. An absolute powerhouse of dance, it is riveting to watch Boston Ballet dancers master Forsythe’s challenging and innovative technique.

“…one of the most visionary and influential choreographers on the planet.”
– Karen Campbell, The Boston Globe (2019)

Seo Hye Han and Haley Schwan by Erin Baiano

Bella Figura

A beloved favorite, Jiří Kylián’s Bella Figura returns to the Boston stage. An exploration of the human form, this sensuous ballet captivates viewers with its raw beauty, sense of curiosity, and delicate intimacy. Known for its enticing music, the ballet is set to a selection of Baroque music, including selections by Lukas Foss, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Alessandro Marcello, Antonio Vivaldi, and Giuseppe Torelli.

Ken Ossola by Gregory Batardon

World Premiere

Ken Ossola will create a world premiere for Boston Ballet, pulling inspiration from Michelangelo’s “non-finito” sculptures Prisoners. Ossola explores the tensions between our mind and body and the perpetual human state of both emergence and incompleteness. Featuring a score composed by Boston Ballet Music Director Mischa Santora, the ballet will envelop audiences into a world of sound, music, and dance.


Thursday, May 9 at 7:30 pm
Friday, May 10 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 11 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 12 at 1:30 pm
Thursday, May 16 at 7:30 pm
Friday, May 17 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, May 18 at 1:30 and 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 19 at 1:30 pm

With Appreciation

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

Ken Ossola’s world premiere has been made possible by generous gifts from a Commissioners Circle including the Stephanie L. Brown Foundation, Dr. Charles S. Carignan, Ashley and Jamie Harmon, Eric Klotch, and Brynja Vifilsdottir and Hannes Smarason. Additional support provided by the Krupp Endowment for Contemporary Dance.

This production of Jiří Kylián’s Bella Figura is generously supported by the Mikko Nissinen Artistic Fund.

Boston Ballet’s production of William Forsythe’s Blake Works III has been made possible by a generous gift from the Lisa and Tom Blumenthal Artistic Innovation Fund.

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

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Please Note: This program contains moments of partial nudity and open flames on stage. There may also be moments of loud music and flashing light that could be challenging for people with sound and light sensitivities.


Blake Works III (The Barre Project)


William Forsythe


James Blake

Costume Design

William Forsythe, Howard Merlin, Tiler Peck Designs by BodyWrappers

Lighting Design

Brandon Stirling Baker

Assistant to the Choreographer

Jodie Gates

Bella Figura

Dance Production/Choreography

Jiří Kylián


Lucas Foss, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Alessandro Marcello, Antonio Vivaldi, Giuseppe Torelli

Set Design

Jiří Kylián

Costume Designer

Joke Visser 

Lighting Design

Kees Tjebbes

Assistant to the Choreographer

Ken Ossola

World Premiere


Ken Ossola


Mischa Santora, electronics by Michael Cain

Spring Experience May 9-19, 2024