For those unfamiliar with this popular ballet, The Sleeping Beauty begins with the christening of Princess Aurora. All the fairies are invited to bestow gifts on the young princess, except for the Fairy Carabosse, who is outraged and gives a spindle to Aurora, announcing that one day the princess will prick her finger on it and die. The Lilac Fairy who has yet to present her gift, undermines the curse by promising Aurora will not die but fall into a deep sleep for 100 years until awakened by a prince’s kiss. As predicted, Aurora pricks her finger on a spindle on her 16th birthday. The Lilac Fairy intervenes and puts Aurora and her kingdom under a sleeping spell. A century later, Prince Desiré meets the Lilac Fairy who leads him to Aurora. His kiss breaks the spell and the ballet concludes with a grand wedding celebration.
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Sergio’s next performance is April 22nd
Come and join me as I cheer on Sergio at his dance performance showcase on Saturday, April 22nd in Arlington. He has been learning hip hop dancing at Boston Mobile Dance Studio through the winter and later this month he will be taking to the stage to show off his moves.
Performances have been choreographed by talented teachers including Carl Alleyne and Chanel Miss 5678 who Sergio has been working with since the fall.
Tickets to the performance will go from $15 to $20 the day before the showcase so if you’d like to join me in cheering on Sergio get your tickets today. I’ve included a link below for you to purchase tickets.
Saturday, April 22, 2017 || 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Arlington Center For the Arts
41 Foster Street, Arlington, MA 02474
Following Boston Ballet’s amazing production Artifact 2017 their inspiring spring season continues on Thursday night with Kylián/Wings of Wax, a trio of ballets by three choreographic masters.
Kylián/Wings of Wax
March 23 – April 1
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Kylián/Wings of Wax opens with George Balanchine’s charming and spirited Donizetti Variations set to excerpts from the composer’s final opera Don Sebastian, followed by Jiří Kylián’s hauntingly beautiful Wings of Wax with a score of musical selections. Alexander Ekman’s delightful and witty Cacti closes the program accompanied by a collage of orchestral music performed by the Boston Ballet Orchestra and a string quartet.
A few tickets may actually still be available for opening night tomorrow, Thursday, March 23rd. If you will be there let me know and we will join you for a glass of Champagne either before the ballet or between acts.
Kylián/Wings of Wax Performance Schedule
Thursday, March 23 at 7:30 pm
Friday, March 24 at 7:30 pm*
Saturday, March 25 at 1 pm
Saturday, March 25 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 26 at 1 pm
Thursday, March 30 at 7:30 pm
Friday, March 31 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, April 1 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 2 at 1 pm
Tickets to any of the above performances start at just $35. You can purchase a pair from the Boston Ballet website here.
Late last year Sergio made a personal commitment to return to dance after a 34 year hiatus. Over the past few months he has been taking classes at the Urbanity Dance Studio and later this week on Friday, March 24 he will be performing a hip hop routine choreographed by Jessie Alegria (shown above with Sergio) and a contemporary routine choreographed by Brenna Robinson at the Blackstone Community Center. I’ll be there cheering him on, and I wanted to give his dance crew a shout out on my blog as well.
His performance starts at 8PM and a $10 donation is suggested at the door. The proceeds will be donated to Urbanity Dance’s Equal Opportunity And Access Fund, which allows Urbanity to provide scholarship to youth dancers who would not be able to afford classes.
Dale Stones’s amateur male burlesque showcase returns Saturday, March 25th to Club Cafe for its 5th installment. The show features entertaining comedy and insight from Boston burlesque performers. Hosted by Sirlesque Founder and Creative Director Dale Stones, featuring Willie Dumey, Femme Brulee, and Jolie LaVie as guest judges, and a cast of new male burlesque performers competing for the $100 grand prize.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. You can purchase your tickets online here.
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.
Later this month Artifact, opens at the Boston Opera House. The ballet is the result of a fortunate five year relationship between The Boston Ballet and choreographer, William Forsythe. For those unfamiliar with William Forsythe, he has been compared to Balanchine and Graham and is recognized for the way he integrates ballet and visual arts.
In this ballet from Forsythe more than 30 dancers will dance in large groups to pas de deux, transforming classical forms of ballet into post-modern structures. Forsythe has also designed the sets, costumes and lighting, ensuring that the four-act ballet will be something very special to see. Get tickets before it sells out.
Boston Opera House
February 23 – March 5
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For those of you still trying to think of a memorable Valentine’s Day gift, I suggest skipping the flowers and candy this year and plan a special date night with the Boston Ballet at the gorgeous Boston Opera House.