Source: Boston Ballet William Forsythe Artifact2017 Photo by Rosalie O’Connor
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…
Source: BostonBallet William Forsythe Artifact2017 Photo by Rosalie O’Connor
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.
Boston Ballet Artifact 2017
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
Learn more – Purchase tickets
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.
Are you familiar with The Fitness Marshall on YouTube? With more than 670,000 subscribers this guy is no joke and his videos which are entertaining to watch are also an incredible dance workout if you have the patience and coordination to learn the steps.
Check out this video from March this year, which has 6.9 million views.
You can watch more videos from The Fitness Marshall
Next Friday The Boston Ballet is opening night for The Nutcracker. Each year I like to give this classic ballet a plug, because the entire experience from walking into the beautifully decorated Boston Opera House to watching the Boston Ballet’s production puts me in such a wonderful mood. It is something I wish everyone would experience.
Boston Ballet Presents The Nutcracker, Nov. 25 – Dec. 31
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.
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Later this week Urbanity Dance will present Call of Courage at the Strand Theater in Dorchester. In light of the results of the recent Presidential election this performance could not come at a better time.
Urbanity perfectly mixes tones of humor, raw emotion, and the extraordinary, to develop a complicated image of courage and honor personal truths of growing up in today’s society. Urbanity Dancers play with power structures rooted in social interaction to create an immersive story of empowerment and peer intervention.
To learn more and to get tickets visit, urbanitydance.org/call-of-courage.
The Boston Pride (official and otherwise) party line up should be a lot of fun this year. Here are some parties you may want to check out this weekend. A lot of these parties will sell out so check out the links below for more details and to purchase tickets.
Friday June 10th Alex Remann & Bobby Kelley Presents “THE SECRET PLACE” with Dj Isaac Escalante Icon
Saturday June 11th Chris Harris Presents / Gay Mafia Boston presents the 10th Anniversary of EPIC PRIDE EVENTS with Renato Cecin
Sunday June 12th UNITY- Pride ENVY (Boat Party aboard the Provincetown II) with DJ PAULO- Mike Swells- John Santiago aka DJ SDOT
Place: 200 Seaport Blvd, Boston
Time: 6:30PM Boarding, 7:30 SHARP Departure, 11:30PM Return
After the Boat Party: Head to Chris Harris Presents: Queen Size at Royale with Jeff Jonas- Djescape CLOSING PARTY