11 February 2020
Boston Ballet Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen announces programming for the 2020-2021 season. The season opens with a world premiere as part of a three-ballet program of William Forsythe‘s works. Nissinen’s The Nutcracker returns to capture the imagination of audiences of all ages. The spring season includes a second world premiere by William Forsythe, Alexei Ratmansky’s Symphony No. 9, and George Balanchine‘s Ballo della Regina, plus the Company premiere of Christopher Wheeldon‘s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the return of Marius Petipa’s The Sleeping Beauty. The season concludes with a female-led program, part of Boston Ballet’s ChoreograpHER Initiative. The Company’s 57th season runs November 5, 2020 through May 30, 2021 at the Citizens Bank Opera House.
“Our upcoming season is a dream come true with many new works by today’s greatest living choreographers paired with beloved classics,” said Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen.
The season opens with Triple Bill (November 5-15), featuring three works by creative powerhouse and internationally-acclaimed choreographer William “Bill” Forsythe. Just prior to the season opening, Boston Ballet will return to New York City to present this program at The Shed in October, which features a world premiere by Forsythe, co-commissioned by The Shed and Boston Ballet. Blake Works I returns by popular demand, transforming James Blake‘s “The Colour in Anything” into “sheer joy” (The New York Times). The international sensation Playlist (EP) returns after a record-breaking world premiere in Boston in March 2019 followed by the Company’s successful Paris debut in June. Playlist (EP) pulls pop and R&B music from Forsythe’s personal playlist to fuel the piece’s “high-kicking exuberance” (The Boston Globe). The program continues Forsythe and Boston Ballet’s long-term partnership formed in 2016.
The final program of the season is ChoreograpHER (May 20-30). The female-led program celebrates innovative voices across the art world with four new works. Dutch choreographer Nanine Linning will create her first work for a major ballet company in North America, pairing vivid imagery with strong physical movement. New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Tiler Peck will create a world premiere. She recently received accolades for her work at Vail International Dance Festival and directed movement for the film John Wick 3: Parabellum. Choreographer and Norwegian National Ballet Principal Dancer Melissa Hough, formerly a Boston Ballet Principal Dancer, returns to create a world premiere on the company where she got her start. Visual artist Shantell Martin-internationally-acclaimed for her landscape of lines and existential questions-will create a work in collaboration with Boston Ballet Principal Dancer and choreographer Lia Cirio. The program will also feature conceptual art by writer, researcher, and artist Emma McCormick-Goodhart. This program is part of Boston Ballet’s ChoreograpHER Initiative, a multi-year commitment in support of emerging female choreographers. It was established in 2018 to give female dance students and professional dancers an opportunity to develop choreographic skills.
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