“Virtual programming became a necessity for Boston Ballet last year, and we are thrilled to offer it again this season along with an incredible lineup for in-person performances. These programs allow new audiences all around the globe to experience the world-class art our Company has to offer."
Artistic Director of Boston Ballet
There will be four programs offered digitally over the course of the company’s traditional season, the first two complements to what audience members will see on the stage and the latter two taped live during the run at Citizens Bank Opera House and streamed afterward.
RestART opens the Boston Ballet virtual season and features new footage filmed in Fall 2021 of George Balanchine’s Apollo, a new work by choreographer Yin Yue filmed in the Boston Common and Public Garden, and a Company défilé filmed in Boston Ballet’s Studio 7 in the South End set to Tchaikovsky’s 5th symphony.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Boston Ballet as part of the virtual RestART program. It will be a challenging yet exciting experience to introduce my movement to the talented and versatile Boston Ballet artists,” Yue said. “In this new dance film, I want to explore the juxtaposition of contemporary, specifically FoCo Technique™ and ballet movement, with Jazz and street dance vocabulary, as well as how dance interacts with the iconic scenery of the city of Boston. This collaboration is meaningful to me as a female Chinese-American choreographer, as it also offers a platform for different artistic voices to be heard and explored in the world of dance. I look forward to the creative process and sharing the final product with virtual audiences near and far.”
The program also includes a pas de deux featuring Principal Dancer Lasha Khozashvili and Soloist Addie Tapp, a first look at the new work Resident Choreographer Jorma Elo is creating for the mainstage as part of MINDscape which will be performed in May of 2022.
In December, The Gift, which premiered in 2020 as part of BB@yourhome, features works choreographed by Boston Ballet Company dancers Paul Craig, Chyrstyn Fentroy, John Lam, Haley Schwan, My’Kal Stromile, Gabriel Lorena (Boston Ballet II), and Arianna Hughlett (post graduate) set to Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Suite.
It is accompanied by the grand pas de deux in Act II from Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker, performed by Principal Dancers Viktorina Kapitonova and Tigran Mkrtchyan to Tchaikovsky’s music.
Boston Ballet Virtual Season Program
⦿ restART (October 28 – November 7, 2021)
Apollo by George Balanchine
New Work by Yin Yue
pas de deux by Jorma Elo
⦿ The Gift (December 16, 2021 – January 9, 2022)
The Gift by Paul Craig, Chyrstyn Fentroy, John Lam, Haley Schwan, My’Kal Stromile, Gabriel Lorena, Arianna Hughlett
pas de deux from The Nutcracker by Mikko Nissinen
⦿ ChoreograpHER (March 17-27, 2022)
New Works by Lia Cirio, Tiler Peck, Claudia Schreier, Melissa Toogood, Shantell Martin