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Spring Perception

BOSTON, MA - Boston Ballet continues its spring Perception series with Edge of Vision, a triple bill pr
ogram featuring three works commissioned by Boston Ballet.  The opening night at the Boston Opera House is April 30th at 7:30 pm, and the last performance is on May 10th.
   The Edge of Vision consists of Jorma Elo’s highly anticipated world premiere, Bach Cello Suites, Helen Pickett’s Eventide and Lila York’s rousing Celts.

Bach Cello Suites will feature Boston Ballet resident choreographer Elo as one of the 11 dancers onstage. 

      Eventide premiered at Boston Ballet in 2008, and now will now be performed with new music, choreography, scenic designs and lighting. 

sets classical ballet, jigs, and speedy footwork to a mix of Irish music.

   Tickets can be purchased at 617-695-6955 or online at www.bostonballet.org

 On May 6th at 7 pm, Boston Ballet is presenting Next Generation, featuring the Pre-Professional Program students from Boston Ballet School and young musicians from New England Conservatory’s Orchestras, along with Boston Ballet II dancers. This year’s program includes George Balanchine’s Divertimento No. 15 and Peter Martins’ Les Gentilhommes.
   Boston Ballet finishes its 2014-2015 season with Thrill of Contact, which runs from May 14th to May 24th.

   Since Mikko Nissinen took the helm of Boston Ballet as its artistic director over a decade ago, he has elevated the ballet to a new level by bringing in new dancers and choreographers.  Today, the dancers are consistently excellent, especially the principal dancers Jeffrey Cirio and Misa Kuranga.  They have displayed their talents in both traditional classical as in more modern ballet productions.

  The March production Shades of Sound showcased the sophisticated and tempestuous Chroma with one of the largest groups of Boston Ballet Orchestra musicians in its history.  The choreography pushed the physical limits of the human body in a beautifully organic composition. The second ballet, Episodes, was a kaleidoscopic George Balanchine piece with ever-shifting patterns.  The third ballet in that program, Black Cake, showed to be a celebratory and flirtatious romp by Hans van Manen.  
   This last work had the audience chuckling and the dancers had a chance to show that they do not lack in the humor department either.  The choreography required the ballerinas to learn to dance in 3-inch heels, something usually seen on ballroom dance floors.
    Manen’s choreography, which spans more than 120 ballets, has been staged by companies around the world, and Nissinen has been an admirer for decades, since Manen was a resident choreographer for the Dutch National Ballet during Nissinen’s time there as a dancer.  Nissinen has said that Manen “has a fascinating, distinct choreographic voice - restrained, very clear, and he likes to provoke.”


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