Winter Experience


Viktorina Kapitonova by Ernesto Galan

An unforgettable experience celebrating
the evolution of dance.

February 22-March 3, 2024
Explore the three ballets that are part of Boston Ballet’s Winter Experience program.

Mikko Nissinen Raymonda (World Premiere),
Helen Pickett Petal and SISU (World Premiere)

Viktorina Kapitonova by Erin Baiano

Raymonda, World Premiere

An homage to classical ballet, Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen has re-envisioned Marius Petipa’s Raymonda as a one-act ballet, featuring new choreography and costumes. This work will delight ballet purists with its demand for strong classical technique and bravura dancing with featured roles for the corps, soloists, and principals. Be prepared to have your breath taken away by the divine dancing, lavish sets, dazzling costumes, and Glazunov’s sumptuous score.

Helen Pickett by Juan Carlos Osma

SISU, World Premiere

Helen Pickett returns to premiere her seventh work for Boston Ballet, SISU. Taking inspiration from the Finnish word for will, determination, and perseverance, her world premiere is a tribute to the courage and tenacity of our ballet community, in general, and particularly during the pandemic. Set to the sublime music of Mikael Karlsson, Pickett describes her work best, “Our ethereal art only truly lives in the present, and this fleeting but potent, inspirational energy is infused with bravery, vulnerability and beauty. Dance taught me: Change is the only constant. And committing to this life concept has offered and can offer extraordinary possibilities.”

María Álvarez, John Lam and Derek Dunn by Erin Baiano


Pickett will also bring Petal to the stage, a sensory experience of motion, light, and music. Dancers explore the evolution of their relationships with each other and themselves through sweeping movements and non-traditional partnering, energized by the music of Philip Glass and Thomas Montgomery Newman. This colorful and stunning ballet will leave your senses fulfilled and hopeful.


Thursday, Feb 22 at 7:30 pm
Friday, Feb 23 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, Feb 24 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, Feb 25 at 1:30 pm
Thursday, Feb 29 at 7:30 pm
Friday, Mar 1 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, Mar 2 at 1:30 and 7:30 pm
Sunday, Mar 3 at 1:30 pm

With Appreciation

Mikko Nissinen’s Raymonda (World Premiere) has been made possible by generous gifts from a Commissioners Circle, including founding members Lisa and Tom Blumenthal.
The original development of Petal was facilitated by Boston Ballet, with funding from the New York Choreographic Institute, an affiliate of New York City Ballet. 

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Original Choreography and Concept

Marius Petipa

Reimagined by

Mikko Nissinen


Alexander Glazunov

Additional Choreography

Florence Clerc and Mikko Nissinen

Character Dance Associate

Alla Nikitina

Sets and Costume Design

Robert Perdziola

Assistant Scenic Design

Nicholas Kostner

Lighting Design

Brandon Sterling Baker



Helen Pickett


Philip Glass and Thomas Montgomery Newman

Scenic Design

Helen Pickett

Original Costume Design

Nete Joseph

Original Lighting Design

Todd Elmer

SISU World Premiere


Helen Pickett


Mikael Karlsson

Winter Experience February 22-March 3, 2024