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Princesses & Pirates vs Sugarplums & Soldiers: Boston Ballet's Le Corsaire

I know! I know ! “Nutcracker is a tradition!” you exclaim.  Do you know how many “traditions” get stale and are mentioned later in life as that day we all dreaded?  Don’t get me wrong, Nutcracker is a fun family ballet, but if you really want to share an appreciation of …

World Ballet Day

World Ballet Day Live started in 2015 and it has been a great way for ballet companies and ballet dancers in training around the world to connect.  Catch some of World Ballet Day Live this year today, October 4th! As someone who found a lot of joy in dancing since I …

Le Petit Prince: National Ballet of Canada

Le Petit Prince is a story that resonates with both children and adults on different levels. It is like a fairy tale where the moral is woven so tightly into the story that when presented as a live performance like this you seem to absorb it through all your senses rather than just ruminate about it with your mind. Even though I have never crashed in a desert, or been betrayed by a snake, somehow the dancing, the music, the set and costumes all make you understand the message. It really reminds me of the complexity that animation allows but in live performance form.

Jump for Joy: Boston Ballet's Nutcracker Has Begun

Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker opened November 27th with giggles, laughter, exclamations of awe and wonder.  The Opera house filled with dreamers of all ages ready to kick off the holiday season with live music, tutus, parties, gowns, sparkles, snow, bunnies, bears, mice and more. Boston Ballet’s talented company and students from the …

A Third, A Musical Third and a Balletic First: Boston Ballet's North American Premiere

In music, a third is a beautiful thing.  It is a simple little interval that hops from do (c) to mi (e). It comes in majors and minors and we hear them in old nursery rhymes and popular music.  In John Neumeier’s The Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler, the choreographer …

Common Threads: Boston Ballet and Artist Janet Echelman Push Boundaries

Brookline artist Janet Echelman has had everyone looking up, through and beyond with her fibre art sculpture, As If It Were Already Here, that hangs above the Rose Kennedy Greenway. While Echelman’s piece still evokes awe and wonder from those who see it in person or in photographs, in a …