Boston Ballet presents [email protected]: The Art of Classical Ballet, an approximately hour-long program featuring a curated look at the foundations of the art form with excerpts from classical ballet favorites recently filmed in the studio. The Art of Classical Ballet will premiere on March 25 and will be available until April 4. Subscribers will receive a streaming link before the premiere.
“This program feels like a special mini gala, featuring a wide variety of iconic masterpieces and some rarely seen masterpieces captured with all new footage,” said Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen. “Audiences will experience a wide range of classical ballet excerpts and see the dancers excel and shine in this challenging choreography.”
The Art of Classical Ballet features pas de deux and solos from classical ballets, including Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Le Corsaire, Raymonda and The Sleeping Beauty, as well as variations from Gayane, Coppélia, Satanella, August Bournonville’s Jockey Dance and William Tell, and Suite en Blanc by Serge Lifar. Swan Lake highlights include variations of Odette, Odile, Prince Siegfried, Tall Swans and the Pas de Cinq. by Nissinen Swan Lake had its world premiere in 2014 and returned in 2016 by popular demand. His production “brilliantly presents[s] the excellent depth and breadth of the company” (Karen Campbell, The Boston Globe). Swan Lake is set to an iconic score by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
Former Paris Opera Ballet principal dancer Karin Averty has been hired as a guest rehearsal director to stage and direct much of the repertoire. Avery will join Nissinen to discuss the program. Throughout her illustrious career, Averty has performed a vast repertoire of classical ballets. Averty joined the Paris Opera Ballet in 1979 at the age of 16 and in 1983 she was promoted to Principal Dancer. Under artistic director Rudolf Nureyev, Averty performed lead roles in his versions of Raymonda, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and La Bayadère. In 1987, Averty joined the San Francisco Ballet as principal dancer and returned to the Paris Opera Ballet in 1988. Since 2009, she has been a freelance ballet teacher and coach for ballet companies, universities and ballet schools. ballet. In 2016, she joined the faculty of the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School of American Ballet Theatre.
Boston Ballet’s virtual season features new creations, iconic works and classic ballet favorites captured live in the studio. The dancers rehearsed under a new health and safety plan, which was developed in partnership with a team of medical professionals and infectious disease specialists.
The latest [email protected], Process & Progress, will premiere on May 13. The program offers innovative and unprecedented dance by international choreographic voices Nanine Linning and Ken Ossola.
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