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Winter Experience 2025

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Claudia Schreier’s Slipstream by Rosalie O’Connor

Winter Experience 2025

An unforgettable program full of dancing in its purest form.

March 20–30, 2025

George Balanchine Mozartiana and Symphony in Three Movements
Claudia Schreier Slipstream | Leonid Yakobson Vestris

Mozartiana

Larissa Ponomarenko and Ethan Stiefel in George Balanchine’s Mozartiana ©The George Balanchine Trust by Eric Antoniou

George Balachine’s Mozartiana is a wonderful example of neoclassical ballet with an enchanting romantic feel. The beautifully musical choreography is set to P.I. Tchaikovsky’s Suite No.4, Mozartiana, and Op.61. Opening at the 1981 Tchaikovsky Festival, it was Balanchine’s third ballet set to the composer’s homage to Mozart and is one of the last ballets the choreographer created before his death in April 1983.

“The ballet’s formal black costumes by Rouben Ter-Arutunian combine with the music and choreography to form a sense of joyful reverence and spiritual wonder.”
–The George Balanchine Trust

Slipstream

Lia Cirio and Patric Palkens in Claudia Schreier’s Slipstream by Rosalie O’Connor

Claudia Schreier’s Slipstream is an innovative, unusual, and captivating ballet commissioned in 2022 for the CHOREOGRAPHER PROGRAM. Claudia Schreier brings her distinctive choreographic voice to Boston audiences, fusing together neoclassical technique with a contemporary vocabulary. The movement in this ballet glides and leaps through the joining of dancers in and out of geometric shapes and lifts.

“The piece, which features 18 people, is about constant momentum and the assembling and breaking apart of shapes. Schreier was inspired by starlings, which have a unified identity within a group, but also find their own paths. It features partnering work and duets but is very much an ensemble work, she said.”
–Shira Laucharoen, WBUR

Vestris

Derek Dunn in Leonid Yakobson’s Vestris by Rachel Neville

Vestris is a solo ballet originally created for Mikhail Baryshnikov in 1969 by the brilliant choreographer Leonid Yakobson and is only performed by the best male dancers in history. Vestris is about embodying the flamboyant flavor of Auguste Vestris, a renowned Parisian dancer in the 1700s. He was supposed to have said that there were only three great men in all of Europe: the King of Prussia, Voltaire, and himself. Boston Ballet is the only American company trusted to present this work today.

Vestris is a technical and comedic tour de force reeling through a flurry of characters, from limping old man to imperious dandy to drunken buffoon, and Dunn’s brilliant turns, buoyant leaps, deep musicality, and fanciful comic flair brought each to life with masterful command.”
–Karen Campbell, The Boston Globe

Symphony in Three Movements

Artists of Boston Ballet in George Balanchine’s Symphony in Three Movements @The George Balanchine Trust by Rosalie O’Connor

“Introduced on opening night of the 1972 Stravinsky Festival, Symphony in Three Movements, a large ensemble work, is startling in its breadth of energy, complexity, originality, and contrasts. Balanchine responded to the jazz flavor in Igor Stravinsky’s score by using angular, turned-in movements and brisk, athletic walking sequences. ‘Choreographers combine movements, and the ones I arranged for this music follow no story line or narrative,’ Balanchine said. ‘They try to catch the music and do not, I hope, lean on it, using it instead for support and time frame.'”
–The George Balanchine Trust

“The imagery, patterning and structure of this piece make an extraordinary assortment.”
–Alastair Macaulay, The New York Times

PERFORMANCE CALENDAR

Thursday, March 20 at 7:30 pm
Friday, March 21 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 22 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 23 at 1:30 pm
Thursday, March 27 at 7:30 pm
Friday, March 28 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 29 at 1:30 and 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 30 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.
The commission of Claudia Schreier’s Slipstream was made possible by generous gifts from the ChoreograpHER Commissioners Circle including the Stephanie L. Brown Foundation, Brynja Vifilsdottir and Hannes Smarason, and an anonymous donor.
This production of Mozartiana is anonymously supported in gratitude for Mozart, as honored by Tchaikovsky, and Balanchine, as danced by Boston Ballet.
This production of George Balanchine’s Symphony in Three Movements is generously supported by Pamela Avedisian.

 

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THE DETAILS (in program order)

Mozartiana

Choreography

George Balanchine ©The George Balanchine Trust

Music

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky; Suite No. 4 Op. 61

Costume Design

Rouben Ter-Arutunian

Lighting Design

Brandon Stirling Baker

Staging

Philip Neal

World Premiere

June 7, 1933, Les Ballets, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris
Re-choreographed in 1981 for New York City Ballet, NY

Boston Ballet Premiere

1992, The Wang Theater, Boston

Slipstream

Choreography

Claudia Schreier

Music

Tanner Porter; Six Sides From the Shape of Us

Scenic Design

Evan Schreier

Costume Design

Erica Desautels

Lighting Design

Brandon Stirling Baker

World Premiere

March 3, 2022, Boston Ballet, Citizens Opera House, Boston, Massachusetts

Vestris

Choreography

Leonid Yakobson

Music

Gennadi Banshchikov

Costume Design

Robert Perdziola

Lighting Design

Brandon Stirling Baker

Staging

Joan Boada

World Premiere

June 1969, Moscow International Ballet Competition, Moscow, Soviet Union

Boston Ballet Premiere

May 16, 2019, Citizens Bank Opera House, Boston, Massachusetts

Symphony in Three Movements

Choreography

George Balanchine ©The George Balanchine Trust

Music

Igor Stravinsky*

Lighting Design

Brandon Stirling Baker

Staging

Russel Kaiser

World Premiere

June 18, 1972

*Used by arrangement with European Music Distributors LLC, sole U.S. and Canadian agent for Schott
Music GmbH & Co. KG, publisher and copyright owner

The performances of Symphony in Three Movements and Mozartiana, Balanchine® Ballets, are presented by arrangement with The George Balanchine Trust and have been produced in accordance with the Balanchine Style® and Balanchine Technique® Service standards established and provided by the Trust

Winter Experience March 20–March 30, 2025