This Thursday, February 27th will be opening night for the Boston Ballet at the Boston Opera House. rEVOLUTION is the first ballet production of 2020 and with works from Balanchine, Robbins and Forsythe it is going to amaze.
- George Balanchine’s daring, powerhouse collaboration with Igor Stravinsky Agon
- Jerome Robbins’ Broadway and ballet legend, late-career masterwork Glass Pieces
- William Forsythe’s electrifying, global sensation In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated.
These three choreographers have helped transform the world of ballet. Over the years, I’ve come to enjoy how this format of featuring different works from choreographers and I think it provides the casual patron or even a first time visitor a glimpse into the variety and incredible athleticism and artistry of ballet.
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Make plans with friends and come out for a night at the ballet. Tickets start at $37.00 so check it out and if you happen to be attending opening night this Thursday, do stop by and say hello to Sergio and me. I’m sure we will be sipping Champagne in the lobby during intermission.
Mark Kanemura was on So You Think You Can Dance a few years back. He regularly posts short, entertaining videos like this one from last year. As you can see, Mark has enough Christmas spirit for all of us.
So for those of you who are celebrating Christmas, I hope you have a wonderful holiday and for the rest of you, enjoy this ridiculous video. I’m sure it will bring a smile to your face.
Last week Sergio and I were able to see Full on Forsythe by the Boston Ballet before it closed on March 17th and this week we are fortunate enough to be able to attend opening night for George Balanchine’s ballet, Coppélia.
Thursday, March 21 – Sunday, March 31
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I have really loved the collaboration between William Forsythe and the Boston Ballet and for those of you who missed Full on Forsythe, I have to say it’s your loss. This next production of the Boston Ballet is more in line with traditional ballet enthusiasts (what ballet from Balanchine isn’t?). First performed in the late 19th century, Coppélia is far more of a story than the ballet we just saw. This ballet centers on Dr. Coppélius’ life-size dancing doll, that is so lifelike that a village youth, becomes infatuated with it. As for how it ends, you’ll have to go to the ballet to see for yourself. Let me know if you’ll be at the Opera House on Thursday and we can share a glass of Champagne.
The Boston Ballet is more than halfway through a five year relationship with William Forsythe, a choreographer who has been compared to Balanchine and Graham. His upcoming show, which opens a week from today on Thursday, February 4th promises to entice with an unorthodox soundtrack pulled from today’s pop, dance and R&B, featuring music from Khalid to Barry White. Check out the brief clip below to give you an idea of what to expect.
Boston Ballet presents Full on Forsythe
March 7 – 17 at the Boston Opera House
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Past productions have left me absolutely breathless watching what always seems to me to be innovative choreography and dancing you might not expect to see at the ballet. Their latest collaboration with Forsythe is appropriately called Full on Forsythe and while Sergio and I cannot attend opening night, I’m going to try and pick up tickets before the show closes on Sunday, March 17 and I would encourage you to do exactly the same thing.
Photo credit: Rachel Neville Photography
Fans of the ballet have an unique opportunity to see Boston Ballet company members perform at their rehearsal studio in the South End in February. Dubbed “BB@home”, the rehearsals will showcase a sneak peek of the stunning choreography that will be presented on a more grand stage at the Boston Opera House when their upcoming show, Full on Forsythe opens in March.
“BBII@home”, will take place on Feb. 7 and 8. Boston Ballet II, Boston Ballet’s two-year program comprised of younger dancers, will present old and new works, including one work of choreography by a Boston Ballet company member and another by a BBII member. Tickets to this unique opportunity will go fast. To purchase tickets and to learn more visit BB@home.
Tonight is opening night for the Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker. This classic holiday tradition is a wonderful way to introduce someone to the ballet. The music will be familiar and the story is easy to follow. The ballet and beautiful decorations at the Opera House will get you in the holiday spirit and turn an ordinary night into something special for you and whomever you bring with you.
Tickets can be quite affordable, starting at $37 and performances run through Sunday, December 30th. If you need some dinner or drink suggestions on where to go either before or after the ballet feel free to ask for recommendations. Be sure to watch the Boston Ballet video, “Nutcracker Prince vs. Mouse King”.
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The Boston Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker opens two weeks from today. Each year I like to give this classic ballet a plug, because the entire experience from walking into the Boston Opera House to watching the ballet and listening to the orchestra puts me in such a wonderful mood.
Boston Ballet presents The Nutcracker Nov. 29 – Dec. 30
Consider picking up tickets for a show and making an evening of going to the ballet with friends or someone special. It makes for an excellent date night.
Tonight is opening night for the Boston Ballet 2018/2019 season. Unfortunately, I’m stuck in New York City for work so Sergio and I will not be able to see the production until Friday evening, but I would like to encourage everyone to consider attending the Boston Ballet’s production of Genius at Play
Genius at Play celebrates choreographer, Jerome Robbins career and contributions to dance. The ballet begins with an orchestral performance of Massachusetts native Leonard Bernstein’s Candide Overature followed by Interplay, comprised of eight dancers set to a jazz score and Fancy Free – his first of what would be many collaborations with Bernstein, which depicts the antics of sailors on leave in New York City in the 1940s. The program concludes with the Company premiere of Glass Pieces, a bustling tribute to urban life choreographed for 42 dancers and set to music by Philip Glass.
Genius at Play runs through September 16, 2018, at the Boston Opera House.
Genius at Play
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Provincetown’s 40th celebration better known as Carnival starts tomorrow and Sergio and I are heading down to spend the week relaxing and while we will likely go dancing, I’m sorry to say I have neither the rhythm nor skill to look this good, but the video does a great job of capturing our current mood.
Hit play, turn on the volume and have a great weekend.
The Boston Ballet 2017-2018 season will conclude with La Sylphide, which opens next week on Thursday, May 24th and will run through June 10, 2018.
Boston Ballet Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen describes La Sylphide as the epitome of romantic ballet, which will be all the more special paired with the rarely-performed Bournonville Divertissements. Boston Ballet premiered Bournonville’s La Sylphide in 1988, and it was performed again in 2005 and 2007 with additional choreography by Sorella Englund. Of the 2005 performance, Karen Campbell wrote in The Boston Globe, “Boston Ballet’s gorgeous…production of La Sylphide [is] deliciously sweet…the ballet’s only disappointment is that it leaves you wanting more.”
Karine Seneca in August Bournonville’s La Sylphide || Photo Credit: Sabi Varga
Boston Ballet presents cassic Balanchine: La Sylphide
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La Sylphide is Bournonville’s most famous ballet. Set in the Scottish Highlands, it tells the fantastical tale of James, a man on his wedding day, who falls under the spell of a beautiful and ethereal woodland sylph. Tricked into accepting the help of Madge, an evil sorceress, he tries desperately to possess his newfound desire. This ballet showcases challenging, bravura solos for male dancers and light, buoyant jumps executed by the sylphs.
Sometimes meeting people in Boston can be difficult so each Tuesday I feature a different gay / gay-friendly group or team to share with you ways to connect with people. BTW – by connect I don’t mean that you need wifi, I mean actually interacting with them in person. This week I wanted to feature the Boston chapter of Gays for Patsy who meet regularly.
The group happens to also have their Spring Stomp! Hoedown in Ptown later this month (April 27-29). It doesn’t matter your skill / level to participate but you do have to register and you have to be open to having fun.
For more information about the Boston chapter or to learn about their upcoming event in Provincetown visit them online at gaysforpatsy.org and definitely like their Facebook page, Gays for Patsy.
I want to feature the LGBTQ groups and organizations that help people connect and enrich Boston’s gay life. If you’d like to have your club / team featured, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or via FB messenger.
The Boston Ballet’s spring season is opening later this week with Parts In Suite, a program of works by three very prolific choreographers. For those who may not be as familiar with ballet, programs like Parts In Suite provide an excellent introduction. This particular evening at the ballet will show three different styles that may challenge preconceptions you may have about modern ballet and impress you with the Boston Ballet’s grace and athleticism.
The program opens with Jorma Elo’s Bach Cello Suites and a live musical
accompaniment by cellist Sergey Antonov. In Creases marks the Company’s debut in a work by New York City Ballet Resident Choreographer Justin Peck. And lastly, we get to enjoy the ongoing with William Forsythe, when the Boston Ballet presents the Company premiere of hisPas/Parts 2018.
Rory Hohenstein dances Justin Peck’s In Creases Photo by Cheryl Mann, courtesy The Joffrey Ballet
Parts In Suite runs March 9–April 7, at the Boston Opera House. Tickets are currently on sale so don’t delay and come out to support Boston’s arts community.
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Photo by Rachel Neville courtesy of the Boston Ballet
The Boston Ballet returns with their latest production Parts In Suite, later this week; opening night is on Friday, March 9th at the Boston Opera House.
This ballet is a collection of works by three of today’s most prolific choreographers: William Forsythe, Justin Peck, and Jorma Elo. The program opens with Elo’s Bach Cello Suites, followed by In Creases, which marks the Company’s debut in a work by New York City Ballet Resident Choreographer Justin Peck. The program concludes with the second year of a five-year partnership with Forsythe, when the Boston Ballet presents the Company premiere of his Pas/Parts 2016.
Parts In Suite runs March 9–April 7
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I love it when the Boston Ballet shares a collection of works by different choreographers. It provides a glimpse at often very different styles. Last year’s Forsythe production really blew my mind so Sergio and I will be very curious to see his ballet, but it was NYC Ballet Resident Choreopgrapher, Justin Peck, who makes his debut here in Boston that caught my attention. Check out his video below where he describes his creative process for choreographing dance.
Tonight, Boston Ballet’s 2017–2018 season opens with Obsidian Tear. The North American premiere of Wayne McGregor’s Obsidian Tear, is a co-production with The Royal Ballet of London, and a world premiere by Resident Choreographer Jorma Elo. The production has been described as a raw and powerful work for an ensemble of nine men (hear that guys, 9-men). If there was ever a ballet you might want to check out this just might be the production.
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For those of you who have never been to a ballet or if it has been several years since your last visit, be sure to check out Obsidian Tear, which runs Nov 3–12, 2017, at the Boston Opera House.
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One week from today, Friday, April 28th is opening night for Boston Ballet’s production of The Sleeping Beauty, which will run through May 27th at the Boston Opera House.
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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.