BOSTON, MA (PRWEB) April 24, 2013
On May 2, 2013, Boston Ballet presents two stunning Balanchine classics, and a provocative Company premiere by The Royal Ballets Resident Choreographer, Wayne McGregor. The program features McGregors Chroma and two of George Balanchines monumental works, Serenade and Symphony in C. Performances run from May 2 12, 2013 at The Boston Opera House.
Chroma is a program that embodies everything there is to love about dance, said Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen. The skill, the grace, the emotion, the strength these three ballets have it all.
The word Chroma is defined as the purity of color, or its freedom from white. Playing off of that exposition, McGregors Chroma is set on a pure white stage featuring ten dancers dressed in flesh colored leotards that accentuate their movement. At once sophisticated and tempestuous, the choreography pushes the physical limits of the human body in a beautifully organic composition. This groundbreaking work is set to an aggressive score by Joby Talbot, featuring music arrangements by Jack White of The White Stripes. The orchestration requires one of the largest groups of musicians Boston Ballet has ever held in its pit, including 6 percussionists. Chroma has won several awards since its premier with The Royal Ballet on November 16, 2006, including the 2007 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production.
George Balanchines enchanting Serenade opens the program, featuring 26 dancers and a magnificent score by P.I. Tchaikovsky. Serenade was the first ballet that Balanchine choreographed in America, and is considered one of the great masterpieces of the 20th century. Originally created as a lesson in stage technique, Serenade showcases Boston Ballets fluency in the Balanchine style. This iconic work is comprised of four movements and highlights the musicality and elegance of the female ensemble.
Balanchines Symphony in C completes Chroma. Described as life-enhancing by The New York Times, this trademark work showcases high-energy classicism, exuding the radiance and technical finesse that Balanchine is known for. A total of 52 dancers move to a spectacular score by Georges Bizet. Bizet composed this symphony at age 17 when he was studying at the Paris Conservatory. Upon acquiring the music in 1947, Balanchine choreographed this piece in only two weeks while serving as a guest ballet master for the Paris Opera Ballet. Symphony in C remains a celebrated work in ballet repertory.
All performances of Chroma will take place at The Boston Opera House:
Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 7:30 PM
Friday, May 3, 2013 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 1:00 PM
Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 1:00 PM
Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 7:30 PM
Friday, May 10, 2013 at 7:30 PM
Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 7:30 PM
Sunday, May 12, 2013 at 1:00 PM
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About Boston Ballet
Founded in 1963, Boston Ballet is one of the leading dance companies in the world onstage, in the studio, and in the community. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen and Executive Director Barry Hughson, Boston Ballet has developed exceptional education and community initiatives, in addition to maintaining 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 timeless classics such as Marius Petipas The Sleeping Beauty and Giselle, John Crankos Romeo and Juliet, and a rich collection of Balanchine choreography to cutting edge contemporary works by Resident Choreographer Jorma Elo and the visionary Ji