In the spirit of the season, we asked our dancers to share photos of themselves with a very special someone. Enjoy these adorable shots of our company members with their loving, fluffy friends!
Click on each image to find out the names of the dancer and pet photographed.
Enjoy Principal Dancer Erica Cornejo’s thoughts on Jiří Kylián’s Bella Figura, which returns the stage February 20-March 2 at the Boston Opera House.
In preparation for Boston Ballet’s upcoming production, Close to Chuck, we sat down to discuss the vision for the headlining ballet, C. to C. (Close to Chuck) with Resident Choreographer, Jorma Elo. Featuring the paintings and creative input of artist Chuck Close, along with Philip Glass’ Musical Portrait of Chuck Close, Elo’s C. to C. (Close to Chuck) paints the picture of overcoming physical limitations to get back to the things that you love.
“Every ballet is a fresh new start. It’s a jump into the unknown, a beautiful unknown lake” says Elo. “I made the ballet and it was titled C. to C (Close to Chuck). It was my ode to this artist that I admire and I’m in awe of him. That’s where it started.” The vision of this ballet is to value the “little seconds of life that can change the whole entire picture.”
Chuck Close is an artist renowned for his highly inventive techniques of painting the human face, and is best known for his large-scale, photo-based portrait paintings. In 1988, Close was paralyzed following a rare spinal artery collapse; he continues to paint using a brush-holding device strapped to his wrist and forearm. His practice extends beyond painting to encompass printmaking, photography, and most recently, tapestries based on Polaroids. [Source: www.pacegallery.com]
Conceptually, every aspect of C. to C. (Close to Chuck) ties back to the idea of limitations. From the costume design by Ralph Rucci whose skirts symbolize “what can limit us physically and what kind of challenges in age or severe accidents in your life that cause you to lose the ability to use your body like you would like to.” Using Chuck Close’s paintings as the set design, Elo combines these concepts together with Philip Glass’ music and his choreography to create a powerful piece. Elo says “I’m not telling a story that [the audience] can read like a book, but I think they will take that trip of understanding my point of view for this project.”
Close to Chuck will open at The Boston Opera House on February 20, 2014 and will run until March 2, 2014. Tickets can be purchased online at www.bostonballet.org, by phone at 617.695.6955, or in person at the box office at 19 Clarendon Street, Boston, Mon-Fri, 9:30am-5pm.
Congratulations to all of our dancers on a spectacular run of Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker! Here are some of our favorite moments from the production, taken by Gene Schiavone.
Captured moments from the Waltz of the Flowers in Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker. Photos by Gene Schiavone
Boston Ballet’s Sugar Plum Fairy wears two costumes in Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker. The first (top photo) can be seen at the beginning of Act 2 where she greets Clara and the Nutcracker Prince. The second (bottom photo) can be seen at the end of Act 2 and the Grand Pas de Deux.
Do you know how many jewels adorn the Nutcracker costumes seen under the lights of the Boston Opera House?
Photos by Gene Schiavone.
We asked our very own Rachel Cossar, who some of you may know as foodista on pointe, to share with us her favorite places to escape from the cold and indulge in a warm cup of cocoa. This is what she said…
With the nutcracker off and running, one thing in Boston is for sure… more cold weather.
As much as I hate the cold, (and yes, that’s despite the fact I grew up in Canada!) there are a few things it really has me excited about. Perhaps my favorite thing is the onslaught of hot chocolate beverages that crop up- or indeed, the renewed appreciation I feel for them :)
This holiday season, I am happy to inform you of a stellar event dedicated to the art of the hot chocolate happening right in the heart of the theater district. Of course, if you are just looking for a solid, delicious hot chocolate, I would highly recommend the Boston fave and Harvard square native, L.A. Burdick… But if you are in the market for something a little different, check out the following.
At the Revere Hotel, one of Boston’s newest hotels in the Theater District, you will find a weekly hot chocolate pop up appropriately called, 'pop it like it's hot'. From the November 29th to December 27th, show up at the Revere hotel between 3-6 pm for a perfect mid-afternoon treat. Ali Bader, Revere’s executive Chef is working with stone ground Taza chocolate factory and a roster of stellar chefs to bring guests a different and tantalizing rendition of our favorite hot chocolate classics.
Each Friday will feature a different chef and their very own creation; you can expect the likes of Brian Poe, Jason Santos and Samuel Monsour among others.
As for the hot chocolate flavors, twists on the holiday classic will be the norm. Think candy cane pie, Nutella with homemade banana whipped cream, and perhaps a molten lava hot cocoa…
So whether you show up for one or all, either way, you will be in for a treat, and to make things even sweeter, in the true spirit of the holiday season, proceeds will go to The Home For Little Wanderers. Consequently, this also makes for a perfect pre-nutcracker performance snack :)
Be sure to check out this amazing event and grab yourself a cup of hot cocoa!
Photo from burdickchocolate.com
Have you met our new principal dancers Petra Conti and Eris Nezha? The newly married couple, who arrived from Italy’s La Scala Ballet Company in October, make their company debut in The Nutcracker. See a full article about their debut at Boston Ballet here.
The Nutcracker’s opening performance is tonight at the Boston Opera House! It’s not too late to get tickets to see a performance this season! We can’t wait to see you all there.