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ÜNI

Boston Ballet’s multimedia pop-up experience

Photo by Aram Boghosian

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We invite you to visit ÜNI, Boston Ballet’s multimedia pop-up experience designed to be a portal to dance for the community. Created in collaboration with MASARY STUDIOS, ÜNI is both an intimate experience and a sculptural spectacle for the senses. Enjoy this unique experience as it debuts across Boston.

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With thanks to Jim and the late Virginia Aisner for their support of the MASARY Studios partnership.

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LA VOIX HUMAINE
“Written by Jean Cocteau in 1928 and set to music by French composer Francis Poulenc in 1958, La Voix Humaine gives an insight into the heart and mind of a woman having a final phone conversation with her lover who is leaving her for someone else. In her isolation, solitude, desperation, and despair, she must deal with letting her beloved go. Themes of isolation, letting go of a loved one, and farewell resonate with me and many of us in the times we live in.”–Nanine Linning

Concept, Choreography + Film Direction
NANINE LINNING

Director of Photography + Editor
ERNESTO GALAN

JI YOUNG CHAE

DEREK DUNN, LASHA KHOZASHVILI, RYAN KWASNIEWSKI, SOO-BIN LEE,
MOLLY NOVAK, BENJI PEARSON, LAWRENCE RINES, MY’KAL STROMILE,
PAULINA WASKI, NATIONS WILKES-DAVIS

Costume Design: Shane Maxwell + Erica Desautels
Hair Design: Rachel Padula-Shufelt
Set Design: Benjamin J. Phillips
Lighting Design: Brandon Stirling Baker
First Assistant Camera: Paul Speziale
Production Assistant: Brian Pitcher
Rehearsal Director: Russell Kaiser
Production Stage Manager: Craig Margolis
Creative Production: Kristin Carr
Head Carpenter: Michael Quigg
Assistant Carpenter/Flyman: Devin Higgins
Production Electrician: Jon Gonda
Assistant Electrician: Kurt Illinger
Deck Electrician: Lauren Scattolini
Head Properties: Robert Siders
Technical Coordinator: Jason Helias
Transportation: Troiani & Sons
Chain motors provided by JCALPRO

Music “La Voix Humaine” from Francis Poulenc with text by Jean Cocteau. Original recording of La Voix Humaine, 1959, with Soprano Denise Duval and Orchestre National de l’Opera-Comique, conducted by Georges Pretre.*

*By arrangement with Boosey & Hawkes and Warner Music Group

The premiere of La Voix Humaine, choreographed and directed by Nanine Linning, is generously supported by the Krupp Endowment for Contemporary Dance.

Special thanks to Peggy Olislaegers, Kyle Patrick, the Poulenc Estate, Thomas Guggi and Patrick Marin.

ZOOM IN
Feel as if you’re sharing the stage with Boston Ballet dancers in this virtual reality performance. Filmed for a 360-degree view, the dancers surround you with impressive and bold movements, choreographed by Ken Ossola. He and the dancers adapted to a new innovative working technique, rehearsing together through Zoom as Ossola choreographed from Europe.

Choreography + Film Direction
KEN OSSOLA

Director of Photography + Editor
ERNESTO GALAN

MARĺA ÁLVAREZ, TYSON CLARK, PAUL CRAIG, CHYRSTYN FENTROY,
JOHN LAM, NINA MATIASHVILI, TIGRAN MKRTCHYAN, ALEC ROBERTS,
HALEY SCHWAN, PATRICK YOCUM

Costume Design: Ken Ossola in collaboration with Lisa Dezmelyk
Set Design: Benjamin J. Phillips
Lighting Design: Brandon Stirling Baker
First Assistant Camera: Paul Speziale
Production Stage Manager: Craig Margolis
Production Assistants: Brian Pitcher + Karen McConarty

Head Carpenter: Michael Quigg
Assistant Carpenter/Flyman: Devin Higgins
Production Electrician: Jon Gonda
Assistant Electrician: Kurt Illinger
Deck Electrician: Lauren Scattolini
Head Properties: Robert Siders
Technical Coordinator: Jason Helias
Transportation: Troiani & Sons
Chain motors provided by JCALPRO

Soundtrack: “Fratres” by Arvo Pärt* Performed by Gidon Kremer, violin and Keith Jarrett, piano
*By arrangement with European American Music and Universal Music Group

The premiere of Zoom In, choreographed and directed by Ken Ossola, is generously supported by First Republic Bank.

MOVING PARTS
moving pARTs explores our shared yearning to connect and move with others. Seeking beauty in the mundane, this film reimagines the daily comings and goings as opportunities to imagine and experience something new, different, and inspiring. Filmed in two MBTA stations–Ashmont station in Dorchester and Alewife station in Cambridge–watch as the dancers immerse themselves in their journey.

Choreography + Film Direction
JOHN LAM

Production
BEARWALK CINEMA

DANIEL COOPER, LOUISE HAUTEFEUILLE, LAUREN HERFINDAHL,
GRAHAM JOHNS, NINA MATIASHVILI, BENJI PEARSON, LILY PRICE, ADDIE TAPP

Director + Writer: Daniela Goncalves
Editor: Daniel Latimer
Director of Photography: Brian Tortora
Additional Cinematographers: Devon Martin & Seth Holme

Cello + Composition: Ronald Lowry
Audio Engineer: Rick Brenner
Soundscapes, Editing, + Mastering: Mischa Santora
Costume Design: John Lam in collaboration with Boston Ballet Costume Shop
Creative Production: Deborah Moe

Soundtrack based on the Catalan folk song, “El cant dels ocells”
Synchronization license by arrangement with Ronald Lowry and Mischa Santora

THE BARRE PROJECT
(BLAKE WORKS II)
Immerse yourself into the universe of the world-renowned choreographer William Forsythe in partnership with CLI Studios and New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Tiler Peck. Created via Zoom, the exceptional dance is paired with the distinct music of James Blake. Dancing in a refreshingly different light, Peck, Lex Ishimoto, Brooklyn Mack, and Roman Mejia explore the range of dynamic movement gaining an enduring energy from the barre, a universally trusted source of grounded sustenance in ballet training.

Director + Choreographer
WILLIAM FORSYTHE

Music
JAMES BLAKE

TILER PECK      LEX ISHIMOTO      ROMAN MEJIA      BROOKLYN MACK

DEVIL’S/EYE
“My goal was to make a ballet that’s both fun to dance and fun to look at—something that would have audiences dancing through the aisles—and I think we did that. You’re not used to hearing rock and roll in this context. DEVIL’S/eye invites audiences to experience music by The Rolling Stones in a new way, and perhaps appreciate their songs even more.” —Stephen Galloway

Choreographer
STEPHEN GALLOWAY

Director of Photography + Editor
ERNESTO GALAN

LIA CIRIO + PATRIC PALKENS       CHYRSTYN FENTROY + TIGRAN MKRTCHYAN       CHISAKO OGA + JOHN LAM

HALEY SCHWAN + GEARÓID SOLAN

TYSON CLARK, DANIEL COOPER, DANIEL DURRETT, LOUISE HAUTEFEUILLE, SAGE HUMPHRIES, NIKOLIA MAMALAKIS, ABIGAIL MERLIS, BENJI PEARSON, LAWRENCE RINES, ADDIE TAPP, AO WANG, SCHUYLER WIJSEN

Music: “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” by The Rolling Stones*
Choreography: Stephen Galloway
Costume Design: Stephen Galloway
Lighting Design: Brandon Stirling Baker

Costume Design: Stephen Galloway
Lighting Design: Brandon Stirling Baker
Rehearsal Director: Russell Kaiser
Production Stage Manager: Craig Margolis
Stage Manager: Heather Olcott
Assistant Stage Manager: Sarah Bord
Head Carpenter: Michael Quigg
Assistant Carpenter/Flyman: Devin Higgins
Production Electrician: Jon Gonda
Assistant Electrician: Kurt Illinger
Deck Electrician: Lauren Scattolini
Head Properties: Robert Siders
Technical Coordinator: Jason Helias
Transportation: Troiani & Sons
Chain motors provided by JCALPRO

The world premiere of DEVIL’S/eye, choreographed by Stephen Galloway, has been made possible by generous gifts from a Commissioners Circle including Amy and David Abrams, Leslie and Howard Appleby, Warren and Mary Naphtal, Alison and Frank Quirk, and D. Ellen Wilson.

*Performed by The Rolling Stones; Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards; Published by ABKCO Music, Inc;
Courtesy of ABKCO Music & Records, Inc; www.abko.com

SUGAR PLUM DREAM
Created in collaboration with Principal Dancer Chyrstyn Fentroy, this film invites you to share her perspective as a biracial Black dancer and Company member of Boston Ballet. Follow her journey with clips of choreography from Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker. Filmed by Ernesto Galan at the Citizens Bank Opera House.

Choreography
MIKKO NISSINEN

Production
MASARY

Director of Photography
ERNESTO GALAN

Editor
SAM OKERSTROM-LANG

CHYRSTYN FENTROY

Set and Costume Design: Robert Perdziola
Lighting Design: Mikki Kunttu
Production Stage Manager: Craig Margolis
Stage Manager: Heather Olcott
Head Carpenter: Michael Quigg
Assistant Carpenter/Flyman: Devin Higgins
Assistant Carpenter: Tyler Colantuoni & James Caron
Production Electrician: Jon Gonda
Assistant Electrician: Kurt Illinger
Deck Electrician: Lauren Scattolini
Head Properties: Robert Siders
Technical Coordinator: Jason Helias
Transportation: Troiani & Sons
Chain motors provided by JCALPRO

CITYDANCE
Join us in celebrating the 30th anniversary of Boston Ballet’s Citydance program, which introduces dance to third-grade students from more than 130 Boston Public School classrooms every year. Follow along with Citydance’s signature “I Am” exercise as they claim their space and celebrate their individuality. This short film previews an upcoming documentary by NBC Universal Boston showcasing the exceptional work of Citydance students and Boston Ballet School Faculty, in collaboration with Boston Public Schools.

MASARY Studios
MASARY Studios is Sam Okerstrom-Lang, Jeremy Stewart, PhD, Caleb Hawkins, Grace Fo, Ryan Edwards, and Jame Coyne. With additional creative and technical assistance from Jenny Oliver, Justin Keith, Ari Weinkle, Rae Occhipinti, Kyle Stetson, and John Escobar.