Beauty, strength and vivid imagery, all these elements present dance in its purest form. With this message in mind, Miss E. Virginia Williams, the founder of Boston Ballet opened the prestigious ballet company in 1963. Along with Sydney Leonard, Virginia Williams took the Boston Ballet to an incredible status, establishing it as an accomplished national and international classical ballet company.
Boston Ballet is recognized as the ballet company of the future that teaches its members to leave their imprint in the air, keep trying and let the dance go on. Pushing boundaries in dance, the company honors the artistic heritage of ballet and at the same time touches upon contemporary works. The current Artistic Director of the company, Mikko Nissinen announced the 2017-18 season at the Boston Opera House, promising Boston Ballet tickets holders a range of classical and modern programming.
With its mixed repertory show list, the company will feature some of the best choreographers from around the world. The graceful, versatile and strong dancers nurtured by the company honor the masterworks of these iconic choreographers, presenting it with ingenuity and creativity.
Ellen Virginia Williams started teaching dance at a young age of 16 and turned her desire of opening a ballet school into a reality. From the time Boston Ballet opened its doors in 1963 till Miss Williams death in 1984, she strived to run her company with a down-to-earth approach. Her human quality and honesty is deeply embedded in the running of Boston Ballet and her values are still practiced at the company.
In 2001, Mikko Nissinen took over as the Artistic Director of Boston Ballet. Under him the company has evolved to become a dynamic and compelling institution, promoting both classics and new works. Meredith Hodges joined him in 2014 as the Executive Director, leading the company to the path of greatness along with Nissinen.
Mesmerizing audiences with its sweeping repertoire, Boston Ballet brings to stage cherished classics of the 19th century along with the contemporary show-stoppers. Marius Petipa’s The Sleeping Beauty, Nureyev’s Don Quixote, Ashton’s Cinderella, Clerc’s La Bayadère, Cranko’s Onegin and Bournonville’s La Sylphide, all have enjoyed stellar runs at the Boston Ballet.
The new works by modern choreographers like Alexander Ekman, Christopher Wheeldon, Jirí Kylián, Mark Morris, Peter Martins, William Forsythe and Wayne McGregor also saw an increased demand. Committed to develop the art form and bring ingenuity in dance, Mikko Nissinen always keeps an eye out for emerging choreographers.
Nissinen’s rendition of The Swan Lake re-imagined the masterpiece by Tchaikovsky as he added his own ideas to the classic. Full of magnificent choreographed moments, Nissinen’s version honored the age old classical, but at the same time expanded on thrilling, romantic elements.
2017 also marks the 6th anniversary of Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker. The award-winning ballet soars on sensational costumes and sumptuous set, always keeping up with the demand for Boston Ballet discount tickets.
Boston Ballet – The Performances
70 dancers of 17 different nationalities form the talented team at the Boston Ballet. Representing the highest level of international talent, these performers have taken a bow for neo-classical as well as the innovative contemporary ballets. Boston Ballet’s broad and timeless repertoire includes some of these iconic shows.
The Nutcracker – Choreographed by Mikko Nissinen, The Nutcracker has entered its 6th year at the Boston Opera House. Family and holiday traditions have been re-envisioned by Nissinen as he creates a theatrical splendor. Robert Perdziola as the costume and set designer won multiple awards as he was able to capture the magical theme of the ballet and present it beautifully on stage. Becoming a treasure for the company, The Nutcracker brings in audiences year after year, performance after performance. Inspiring music and dancing, exquisite set and lighting and the overall magical ambiance of the Boston Opera House, make The Nutcracker a resident hit.
Obsidian Tear – Boston Ballet will open its 2017-18 season with the premiere of Obsidian Tear. Critically acclaimed composers from Finland, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Jean Sibelius have provided the stunning score. Multi-award winning choreographer Wayne McGregor is at the helm of this ballet and those who have watched the previews, have called it yet another breakthrough work by him.
Inspired by a symphonic poem Nyx, nine men take the stage for this production. Raw power forms the essence of the musical as these dancers explore the archaic and futuristic behavior of tribal men. Multidisciplinary collaborations and brilliant choreography make Obsidian Tear a visual and aural treat.
It also marks Boston Ballet’s first collaboration with The Royal Ballet in London. The production already opened to rave reviews in London on May 28, 2016.
Boston Ballet Discount Tickets
With the new schedule out, the Boston Ballet has also announced discounted tickets. The performances for Obsidian Tear will run at the Boston Opera House from November 3 till 12, 2017. Santa Cruz Symphony will provide the live orchestration under its music director Daniel Stewart. The Nutcracker will also start its holiday season celebrations at the Boston Opera House and performances will run through till December.
The Boston Opera House itself is a cultural heritage, opening its doors in 1928. The historic venue has a capacity of 2,500 that is on most nights filled with ballet aficionados. It’s on this stage that the artists push themselves to the edge, exuberating immense energy and passion.
Besides showcasing ballet productions, Boston Ballet also offers world-class educational programs and trainings. In its 54 years history, the company has also provided community services by introducing groundbreaking initiatives for Bostonians. By training next generation of professional dancers, Boston Ballet has ushered itself into a new era, increasing access to dance and promoting excellence.