Boston Ballet’s ChoreograpHER initiative continues to develop. The program establishes a platform for female dance students and professional dancers to develop choreographic skills and for Boston Ballet to invest in new, innovative works by female artists. One of the few of its kind, the initiative will support women beyond 2019, as it is designed to be a multi-year endeavor for the company and its affiliate school.
Boston Ballet has recently shared the ways in which the program is progressing and giving women new opportunities:
- The inaugural Student Choreographic Project performance took place in February and featured original choreography from ten female student choreographers. The Student Choreographic Project aims to discover and nurture future choreographers by creating and presenting a piece with their peers to a live audience.
- On May 22, Principal Dancer Lia Cirio is debuting a premiere at the 10th Anniversary of the Next Generation program with music by Anna Stromer. Lia was one of the six dancer-choreographers featured at BB@home:ChoreograpHER this past November, so this commissioned ballet is a next step in her choreographic development, bringing her artistry to a larger stage for a larger audience. Next Generation will also feature choreography by two female faculty members.
- The 2019–2020 Boston Ballet season will feature Helen Pickett’s Petal as a company premiere, as well as a return of Tsukiyo.
Learn more about the initiative here.