The program concludes with an inside look at the making of Ken Ossola’s new work, as he choreographs from Europe through Zoom, which will premiere in the final BB@yourhome, Process & Progress. Ossola engages in conversation with dancers Paul Craig and María Álvarez, featured in his new piece.
In 1989, under the leadership of Gerald Tibbs and the artistic direction of Jiří Kylián, Ken Ossola joined Nederlands Dans Theater 2. For the next three years he developed himself as an artist working and creating with leading choreographers such as Hans Van Manen, Ohad Naharin, William Forsythe, Martino Muller, Paul Lightfoot, Nacho Duato, Johan Inger, and Jiří Kylián. He then joined Nederlands Dans Theater 1. He collaborated with Jiří Kylián on many creations including One of a Kind, Blackbird, Tiger Lily, Wings of Wax, and Bella Figura.
In 1999, he left to pursue his career as a choreographer. In 2009, using Faure’s Requiem, he created Lux for Le Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève. In 2014, the company’s director Philippe Cohen commissioned him to make a full evening tribute to Gustav Mahler and created Shadows Memories. In 2016, Gradimir Pankov, then artistic director of Les Grand Ballet Canadien, gave Ossola the opportunity to create a tribute to Sergei Rachmaninov. In 2019, he created for the Shanghai Ballet in collaboration with Yen Han Ballet for the Shanghai Art Festival. Currently, he is the resident choreographer at Yen Han Ballet. Ossola’s connection with Boston Ballet began in 2010, when he staged Bella Figura, which made its North American premiere in 2011.