BOSTON BALLET set to tour to London in July 2013


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

Boston Ballet Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen today announced the Company will visit London, 1 – 7 July 2013 for only six performances 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 programmes, showcasing the diversity of Boston Ballet’s repertoire and the versatility of its artists, accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

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 reflects a century of groundbreaking choreography ranging from Nijinsky to Boston Ballet resident choreographer Jorma Elo.

“[Boston Ballet’s] dancers are striking by national and international standards.” The New York Times

Programme A (3, 4, 6 & 7 July) 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 programme is rich with innovation. Boston Ballet Music Director and Principal Conductor Jonathan McPhee will lead the Royal Philharmonic.

The second programme (5 & 6 July) Boston Ballet brings to London audiences features the contemporary dynamism and versatility of the company. Programme 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, Bella Figura is 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 highlight Boston Ballet’s ability to evolve current perceptions about ballet.

London Tour Repertoire

Programme A

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

Programme 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


Dates: Wednesday 3 – Sunday 7 July 2013       
Programme A: 3, 4, 6 (eve) & 7 (mat only) July
Programme B: 5 & 6 (mat) July
Press Nights: Wednesday 3 and Friday 5 July, 7.30pm
Times: 7.30pm; Matinee Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 July, 2.30pm
Tickets: £10 - £75
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