It is rare for me to have people (aside from my closest circle of friends) ask my opinion about a show I recently attended so I was surprised by the handful of emails and direct messages on Twitter asking me about Boston Ballet’s Artifact 2017, which is currently at The Boston Opera House through March 5.
I’m at a loss for words on how to describe the ballet. While dance and ballet in particular makes me appreciate the athleticism and grace required, this is the first ballet I’ve ever seen that made me feel anxious. Artifact 2017 has challenged my perception of what ballet is and what it is capable of evoking in me. Roslyn Sulcas who writes for The NY Times had a great article about the Boston Ballet – Forsythe relationship and the importance of Artifact. She writes:
“Artifact” was a manifesto of Mr. Forsythe’s intent to investigate and extend the boundaries of ballet technique and conventions, and it is still an urtext in his oeuvre…
You can also read the glowing Boston Globe review of Artifact 2017 here. Tickets remain available for most shows, but the production closes on March 5th so don’t delay and make plans to see this production. It is the kind of work people will be referencing long after the curtain drops after the final performance.