Boston Ballet Promotes Five Dancers

Yesterday, Boston Ballet announced the promotion of five dancers for the 2018–19 season: Soloists Ji Young Chae and Derek Dunn are promoted to principal, Patric Palkens is promoted two positions from artist to soloist, and Artists Chrystyn Fentroy and Drew Nelson are promoted to second soloist.

Inside Look: Justin Peck’s In Creases

For Patricia Delgado, working on Justin Peck’s In Creases is a first shot at staging. After retiring as a principal dancer from Miami City Ballet last April, Mr. Peck asked her to set his first-ever ballet on Boston Ballet.

Inside Look: Jorma Elo’s Bach Cello Suites

Simple, rich and intimate, Jorma Elo’s first plunge into classical ballet features selections from Johann Sebastian Bach’s famed Cello Suites. Since its premiere in 2015, Mr. Elo has simplified Bach Cello Suites’ choreography and brightened its lighting.

Inside Look: William Forsythe’s Pas/Parts 2018

Having worked closely with William “Bill” Forsythe, both as a dancer and stager, for nearly three decades, Pas/Parts 2018 stager Jill Johnson hopes audiences view this ballet with an open mind. “It can be interpreted in a multitude of ways—there isn’t a singular way to experience it.”

Boston Ballet’s Surprising 55th Season to Feature Robbins, Forsythe, Cinderella

By Mary Hierholzer

Today Boston Ballet announced a lengthy and surprising, 2018–19 season, which features an unusual assortment of works and a considerable focus on 20th-century choreographers.

Winter Dance Roundup

By Mary Hierholzer

For Boston, the new year ushers in an abundance of diverse dance. From Boston Ballet to Brazilian flair and French hip-hop, The Boston Dance Journal rounded up a list of performances for the city to look forward to in the winter months of 2018.

INTERVIEW: Eastern Aesthetics and an Environmental Allegory in Shanghai Dance Theatre’s ‘Soaring Wings’

By Mary Hierholzer

In a dance drama that has enthralled audiences since its 2014 premiere, the Shanghai Dance Theatre presents Soaring Wings: Journey of the Crested Ibis in their Boston debut, January 11–12.

Boston Ballet to Celebrate Finland in Season Opener

By Mary Hierholzer

In a momentous season opener on Friday, Boston Ballet will perform a double-bill featuring acclaimed choreographer Wayne McGregor’s Obsidian Tear and the world premiere of Jorma Elo’s Fifth Symphony of Jean Sibelius.

Boston Ballet to Stage the Groundbreaking ‘Obsidian Tear’

By Mary Hierholzer

On Friday, Boston Ballet opens their 2017–18 season with a double-bill performance entitled Obsidian Tear, featuring works by two of the most revered names in choreography: Jorma Elo’s Fifth Symphony of Jean Sibelius, and Wayne McGregor’s Obsidian Tear.

Dancers as Choreographers for BB@home

By Mary Hierholzer

“I’m looking for honesty in this moment,” says Paulo Arrais, a Boston Ballet principal dancer who’s choreographing a ballet for this weekend’s BB@home, Dancer/Dance-Makers. On his knee, Mr. Arrais looks to the ground as if it’s a mirror, one hand delicately on his face. “Use your life experiences to make something special,” he tells his four dancers, who are now on their knees emulating their director.

Boston Ballet School to Host Newton Grand Opening, Sept. 6th

By Mary Hierholzer

On Wednesday, Sept. 6th, the Boston Ballet School inaugurates a new age of dance in Newton with a full day of events to mark the grand opening of the newly constructed Newton Nexus complex. All events will be free and open to the public.

A New Roster at Boston Ballet

By Mary Hierholzer

Today as Boston Ballet returns to the studio for its 2017–18 season, the Company welcomes a total of 13 new dancers. Seven join the main company, and six join Boston Ballet’s second company, Boston Ballet II (BBII). As the season begins, nine Boston Ballet dancers have also been promoted, including three new principal dancers.

Principal Sibling Duo Leads Dance Troupe into Season Three

By Mary Hierholzer

This week, the Cirio Collective returns to the stage to kick off their season at the Vineyard Arts Project. Siblings Jeffrey Cirio (American Ballet Theatre), who serves as artistic director, and Lia Cirio (Boston Ballet), the associate artistic director, lead the 12-person troupe...

Jorma Elo to Premiere a Classical Piece with Boston Ballet

By Mary Hierholzer

On May 5, Boston Ballet Resident Choreographer Jorma Elo will premiere a new work, Creatures of Egmont, in Boston Ballet’s season finale, Robbins/The Concert. Six couples dance the piece to music by Ludwig van Beethoven, Robert Schumann and J.S. Bach.

Boston Ballet Dancer Produces Video Supporting NEA

By Mary Hierholzer

After President Donald Trump proposed to cut the National Endowment for the Arts’ budget, Boston Ballet Principal Dancer John Lam is rallying support for the NEA with a video, “Dance is…” Released today, the video expresses Mr. Lam’s reaction to the threat...

2017–18 Celebrity Series to Feature Seven Dance Groups

By Mary Hierholzer

This morning the Celebrity Series of Boston announced a stellar 2017–18 season, which will include seven groups under the category of “Dance & Movement.”


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Misa Kuranaga Nominated for Prestigious ‘Benois de la Danse’ Award

By Mary Hierholzer

This morning, Boston Ballet announced that Principal Dancer Misa Kuranaga has been nominated for the Benois de la Danse award for best female dancer for her 2016 performances as Tatiana in John Cranko’s Onegin and Medora in Ivan Liška’s Le Corsaire. For the festival, Ms. Kuranaga will travel to perform...

Local Dance Companies to Unite for Ballet Showcase

By Mary Hierholzer

In an effort to encourage a deeper understanding of the arts, the Green Street Dance Studios is hosting a series of artistic showcases that will features various Boston-area ballet companies April 21–23 at their home studios in Cambridge.

April Dance Calendar

By Mary Hierholzer

April is a great month for dance in Boston. Between Boston Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and a ballet showcase at Green Street Studios, the city has some real treats on its hands.

Boston Ballet to stage diverse triple-bill with Kylián/Wings of Wax

By Mary Hierholzer

Come to the Boston Opera House prepared to think, says Boston Ballet Soloist Isaac Akiba. On Thursday, the company opens Kylián/Wings of Wax, a triple-bill featuring George Balanchine’s poised and sweet Donizetti Variations...