A Little Escapism is Essential:  Live Shows Coming to Boston

A Little Escapism is Essential: Live Shows Coming to Boston

Winter is long for some, but if you know how to winter, it can be a wonderfully restorative time of year. You feel things a little deeper in the winter, and I don’t just mean the cold on your cheeks. Nights are a little darker, and lets be honest so are many days, so time out with friends or alone with some art are a little more precious. You can stay in most nights with a book, a magazine, or your favourite streaming service, but too much of that gets old fast. Plan at least a few things throughout winter that take you out to the theatres. You can drive, take public transportation or treat yourself to an Uber. We’re city dwellers and even a little snow squall doesn’t have to keep us inside. Here are some shows coming up that you can add to your winter city life.

Lawrence Rines Munro and Boston Ballet in Helen Pickett’s Petal, photo by Liza Voll, courtesy of Boston Ballet

Boston Ballet’s Winter Experience, February 22nd to March 3rd

Boston Ballet’s Winter Experience is a mixed bill with a classic reimagined, and a mini spotlight on choreographer Helen Pickett. Artistic Director Mikko Nissenen re-envisions the classic Marius Pepita’s Raymonda as a one act ballet for this program with the hopes of both moving ballet forward to meet modern audience’s needs while still keeping the integrity of the original and loving gaze of ballet purists. Helen Pickett’s work dominates the program with a world premiere, 2B One, and an old favourite Petal to the music of Philip Glass.

Boston Ballet’s Winter Experience is a mixed bill with a classic reimagined, and a mini spotlight on choreographer Helen Pickett. Artistic Director Mikko Nissenen re-envisions the classic Marius Pepita’s Raymonda as a one act ballet for this program with the hopes of both moving ballet forward to meet modern audience’s needs while still keeping the integrity of the original and loving gaze of ballet purists. Helen Pickett’s work dominates the program with a world premiere, 2B One, and an old favourite Petal to the music of Philip Glass. 2B One, has 11 dancers performing a work that focuses in on human courage, tenacity, individuality, and community. These are themes that anyone can relate to, and given the state of the world right now, we may all be needing access to a little extra right now.

Courage is the backbone of art. When a human being chooses a dancer’s life, she/he is thrust into accepting the reality: Change is the only constant. To commit to this space is, in and of itself, daring. Dancers are the agile conduits of this generous, life-giving energy. They take all the risks we wish we could take, and I believe that is why we, the audience, are so drawn to this breathtaking art form,

Helen Pickett

Petal was postponed by the pandemic, so while it was a part of the 2020 virtual programming this will be the first time Boston Ballet will be performing it for a live audience. As the title hints at, this ballet will have us all thinking ahead to spring with flowers blooming. The piece has colourful costumes, playful lighting and choreography that evokes vivd flowers. A dose of colour and life that we can all use mid-winter. Boston Ballet’s Winter Experience will be at the Boston. Opera House from February 22nd to March 3rd tickets can be purchased here.

Duel Reality, 7 Fingers at Arts Emerson, February 7th 

There are a few troupes that I count down the days for when they next come to town. 7 Fingers is one of those troupes. This creative collective composed of writers, directors and choreographers will be in town with their troupe of acrobats, dancers, actors, and all around talented humans thanks to Arts Emerson, with their latest performance Duel Reality. In literature and film, theatre and movies, and why not include video games too, there have been epic duels between good and evil, good and good, and everything in between. In Duel Reality, the friction is inspired by the one between the Capulets and Montagues of Romeo and Juliet. 7 Fingers performances are somewhere between theatre and circus, taking all the elements of performance and acrobatics, and fitting them perfectly into a theatre, which makes it both more intimate and exhilirating. 7 Fingers Duel Reality, presented by Arts Emerson, will be at the Cutler Majestic from February 7th – 18th. Tickets can be purchased here.

Annie on Tour

The classic story of Annie, is one that never gets old. I saw Annie in 2017 and the performance stuck with me. I was impressed by the extremely talented cast of young ones and cameos by a real live dog. Annie is at the Boch Center from February 6th through February 11th. Tickets can be purchased here. There will be an ASL/Open Captioned performance Sunday, February 11th at 4:30 p.m.

Becoming A Man

The American Repertory Theatre always has an interesting line up of shows. The most recent show is the world premiere of Becoming a Man. From acclaimed memoirist P. Carl and Tony Award-winning director Diane Paulus, Becoming a Man is a story about the courage and the community needed to become ourselves. Becoming a Man is the story ofabout one man’s gender transition amid a pivotal political time in America. Memoirist P Carl lived as a girl for 50 years and then a queer woman, building a career and a loving marriage while waiting to realize himself in full. When he decides to affirm his gender, his transition puts family, career, and friendships at stake. Becoming a Man plays at the American Repertory Theatre in Harvard Square from February 16th through March 10th. Tickets can be purchased here.

Bugs Bunny Film Festival
(Not technically a live show but worth a mention)

The Bugs Bunny Film Festival is an annual tradition at the Brattle Theater in Harvard Square that brings joy to parents and children alike. Starting on February 16th and running through February 25th, the Brattle has showings throughout the day and evening. The Brattle has over 25 editions of Bugs Bunny 35mm classics, which you can enjoy for 80 minutes of chilling in the movie theatre with some of the best popcorn in town, a beverage and some low key bonding time with the family.

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