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 email@example.com 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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