10 things to know about Ken Ossola - Boston Ballet

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10 things to know about Ken Ossola

Ken Ossola with Cora Bos-Kroese

Photo by Joris-Jan Bos Photography

Get to know the multi-talented choreographer creating a world premiere on the Company for BB@yourhome: Process & Progress.

Sarah Wroth and Altan Dugaraa in Jiří Kylián's Bella Figura staged by Ken Ossola

Photo by Rosalie O'Connor

Boston Ballet in Jiří Kylián's Bella Figura staged by Ken Ossola

Photo by Rosalie O'Connor

1. He started out as a gymnast. Ossola’s natural grace on the mat caught the attention of his coaches. They recommended ballet classes as a way to develop his strength—only for the 16-year-old to discover that ballet was his true calling.

2. He learned from the greats. Ossola studied with some of the best ballet teachers in Switzerland, including former Béjart dancer Jean-Paul Balmer at the Claude Boucherin Dance School and Beatriz Consuelo at l’École de Danse de Genève.

3. He keeps good company. Ossola launched his professional dance career at Nederlands Dans Theater and created with world-renowned choreographers such as Jiří Kylián, William Forsythe, Paul Lightfoot, and Martino Muller (to name just a few).

4. His mentor was none other than Jiří Kylián. As a Company member at Nederlands Dans Theater, Ossola performed in the original cast of several Kylián ballets including Bella Figura and Wings of Wax. Collaborating with Kylián inspired Ossola to pursue a career as a choreographer.

5. He approaches ballet through a new lens. Ossola considers himself a sculptor or calligrapher more than a choreographer. His ballets play with shadow and light, and he formulates each step as if “painting on a canvas.”

Paul Craig and María Álvarez rehearsing Ken Ossola's Zoom In

Photo by Ernesto Galan

6. He’s always up for a musical challenge. From the ambient electronic music of Kioku to the grand choral compositions of Sed Lux Permanet, Ossola embraces complex and layered music as a way to add depth to his pieces.

7. His accomplishments span the globe. The internationally renowned choreographer has worked with distinguished dance companies in Japan, Germany, Russia, France, Canada, and beyond.

8. His creativity is endless. The up-and-coming choreographer has created dozens of ballets that have garnered critical acclaim, including two full-evening commissions paying tribute to some of history’s greatest musical composers.

9. He loves working in the studio. In addition to his freelance work as a choreographer, Ossola has served as Ballet Master for Nederlands Dans Theater and Gothenburg Ballet, and continues to travel the world staging numerous Kylián ballets and renowned Dutch choreographer Hans van Manen.

10. He stays busy. Ossola is currently creating a world premiere on Boston Ballet as part of BB@yourhome: Process & Progress. Subscribe to our first-ever virtual season and be the first to see his new work Apr 15–25.

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