Boston Ballet Announces Tour to London, England in July 2013

Company Debuts 50th Anniversary Performances At The London Coliseum Accompanied By The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

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George Balanchine's Symphony in Three Movements © The George Balanchine Trust by Gene Schiavone

“The performances are an exciting opportunity to bring this versatile ballet company to London”, said Nissinen. “The repertoire duly represents classical ballet, neo-classical dance and cutting edge contemporary dance.”

Boston, MA (PRWEB) October 12, 2012

Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen today announced Boston Ballet will tour to London, England July 1 – 7, 2013 for a six performance debut at the London Coliseum. The date marks the return of Boston Ballet to London for the first time in 30 years. The Company will present two programs, showcasing the diversity of Boston Ballet’s repertoire and the versatility of its artists.

The tour will commence Boston Ballet 50th anniversary season. “The performances are an exciting opportunity to bring this versatile ballet company to London”, said Nissinen. “The repertoire duly represents classical ballet, neo-classical dance and cutting edge contemporary dance.” The dynamic collection of ballets the Company will perform in London reflect a century of groundbreaking choreography ranging from Nijinsky to Boston Ballet resident choreographer Jorma Elo.

Program A highlights the company’s diverse range and command of Balanchine choreography. Featuring Vaslav Nijinsky’s Afternoon of a Faun, George Balanchine’s Serenade and Symphony in Three Movements, and resident choreographer Jorma Elo’s Plan to B which premiered with the company in 2004, the choreography in this program is rich with innovation. Boston Ballet Music Director and Principal Conductor Jonathan McPhee will lead the Royal Philharmonic.

The second program Boston Ballet brings to London audiences features the contemporary dynamic and versatility of the company. Program B presents three extraordinary works – William Forsythe’s The Second Detail, Christopher Wheeldon’s Polyphonia, and Jiří Kylián’s Bella Figura. Boston Ballet is the first American Company to perform Kylián’s Bella Figura. An emotional masterpiece, audiences have called Bella Figura a beautiful and artistic experience that leaves a lasting impression. Polyphonia, originally choreographed for New York City Ballet in 2001 by British choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, is as physically complex as its score. Boston Ballet dancers showcase their playful athleticism in this stripped down performance of ballet in a pure form. Finally, William Forsythe’s The Second Detail set to a robust score by Thom Willems is a potent piece of kinetic energy that never fails to overpower the theatre. Each of these groundbreaking works act as a tribute to the three choreographers’ visionary talent. All three works have received high praise, applauding Boston Ballet’s ability to evolve current perceptions about ballet.

London Tour Repertoire
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Program A

Serenade
Choreography: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust
Music: P.I. Tchaikovsky
Costumes:Karinska
Lighting: Mark Stanley/John Cuff

World Premiere: March 1, 1935, New York, NY, New York City Ballet
Boston Ballet Premiere: March 1994, Boston, MA

Approximate length: 32 minutes

Afternoon of a Faun
Choreography: Vaslav Nijinsky
Music: Claude Debussy
Costumes: Leon Bakst
Lighting: John Cuff

World Premiere: May 29, 1912, Paris, France, The Ballet Russes
Boston Ballet Premiere: May 14, 2009, Boston, MA

Approximate length: 11 minutes

Plan to B
Music: Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber
Choreography: Jorma Elo
Costume Design: Jorma Elo
Lighting Design: John Cuff

World Premiere: March 25, 2004, Boston, MA, Boston Ballet

Approximate length: 14 minutes

Symphony in Three Movements
Choreography: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust
Music: Igor Stravinsky
Lighting:     Les Dickert

World Premiere: June 18, 1972, New York, NY, New York City Ballet
Boston Ballet Premiere: May 12, 2011, Boston, MA

Approximate length: 22 minutes

Program B

Bella Figura

Choreography: Jiří Kylián

Music:            
Lukas Foss
Giovanni Battista Pergolesi
Alessandra Marcello
Antonio Vivaldi
Giuseppe Torelli

Set Design: Jiří Kylián
Costume Design: Joke Visser
Lighting Design: Kees Tjebbes
Tech Adaptation: Kees Tjebbes

World Premiere: October 12, 1995, The Hague, Netherlands, Netherlands Dans Theater
Boston Ballet Premiere: April 28, 2011, Boston, MA

Approximate length: 32 minutes

Polyphonia ©

Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon
Music: György Ligeti
Costume Design:    Holly Hynes
Lighting Design: Mark Stanley

World Premiere: January 4, 2001, New York, NY, New York City Ballet
Boston Ballet Premiere: March 1, 2007, Boston, MA

Approximate length: 27 minutes

The Second Detail
Music: Thom Willems
Choreography: William Forsythe
Stage Design: William Forsythe
Costume Design: Yumiko Takeshima and Issey Miyake
Lighting Design: William Forsythe

World Premiere: February 10, 1991, Toronto, Canada, National Ballet of Canada
Boston Ballet Premiere: April 28, 2011, Boston, MA

Approximate length: 22 minutes

About Boston Ballet

Since 1963, Boston Ballet has been one of the leading dance companies in the world on stage, in the studio and in the community. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen and Executive Director Barry Hughson, the Company maintains an internationally acclaimed repertoire and one of the largest ballet schools in the world, Boston Ballet School.

Boston Ballet maintains a repertoire of classical, neo-classical and contemporary works, ranging from full-length story ballets to new works by some of today's finest choreographers. Boston Ballet's second company, Boston Ballet II, is comprised of pre-professional dancers who gain experience by performing with the Company and independently, presenting lecture-demonstrations and special programs to audiences throughout the Northeast.

Boston Ballet School, the official school of Boston Ballet, has a long-standing dedication to excellence and access. The School reaches more than 10,000 students (toddler to adult) each year through Boston Ballet School classes, the Summer Dance Workshop, and the Summer Dance Program held at three studio locations in Boston, Newton, and Marblehead.

Boston Ballet’s nationally-acclaimed education programs include Citydance, Taking Steps, and Adaptive Dance. The programs are offered in partnership with the Boston Public Schools and in communities throughout the city and region.

2012-2013 Season Tickets
Subscriptions for the 2012-2013 season and individual tickets to all ballets are on sale now. Subscriptions and all tickets are available for sale online 24 hours a day at http://www.bostonballet.org or by phone at 617.695.6955 or in person at the box office at 19 Clarendon Street, Boston, Mon–Fri, 9:30am-5pm and on performance days on Sat and Sun, 11am – 4pm. Prices for season ballets start at $29. Tickets to The Nutcracker start at $35. Discounted group tickets (10 or more) are available by calling the box office or the Group Sales Associate at 617.456.6343. Contact the Boston Ballet box office at 617.695.6955 or visit http://www.bostonballet.org for details.

Boston Ballet gratefully acknowledges the following institutional partners:

State Street Corporation, 2012 Presenting Sponsor, The Nutcracker

Barr Foundation

The Boston Foundation

Massachusetts Cultural Council

National Endowment for the Arts

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