REVIEW: Boston Ballet Flaunts a Stunning Sleeping Beauty

Last weekend, in an ambitious endeavor to conclude their season with three ballets in three weeks, Boston Ballet reprised a short but ever-so-sweet production of Marius Petipa’s The Sleeping Beauty.

REVIEW: Boston Ballet previews Parts in Suite

Earlier this month, Boston Ballet gave a promising preview of their upcoming program, Parts in Suite, as part of their BB@home series. With excerpts from Justin Peck’s In Creases (2012), Jorma Elo’s Bach Cello Suites (2015) and William Forsythe’s Pas/Parts 2018 (first premiered in 1999), the evening celebrated the creative experience of producing works by still-living choreographers...

‘Urban Nutcracker’: A Holiday Performance We All Need

By Mary Hierholzer

For the 17th year, the Tony William Dance Center produces its trademark take on a holiday classic: Anthony Williams’ Urban Nutcracker, now in its 17th year. Celebrating diversity though a creative combination of Duke Ellington’s jazz renditions of the tunes alongside Tchaikovsky’s original score, the company gives Boston a Nutcracker it needs at John Hancock Hall through December 28.

REVIEW: Charm, Elegance and Christmas Spirit in Boston Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’

By Mary Hierholzer

Boston Ballet’s rendition of The Nutcracker is as glittering, enchanting and heart-warming as ever. Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen’s production of this classic Christmas tale is now in its sixth year with Boston Ballet, and they wear it well (and not just the jewel-studded tutus).

REVIEW: A Flawless Season Premiere at Boston Ballet

By Mary Hierholzer

Flawlessly showcasing two new and dramatic ballets by two major choreographers, Boston Ballet has set the bar high for themselves and for dance in America with their season premiere program, Obsidian Tear.

Dancers Demonstrate Creative Vision in Dancers/Dance-Makers

By Mary Hierholzer

Six dancers from the Boston Ballet presented original choreographed works in early October, opening the year’s BB@home series. For four of them, Dancers/Dance-Makers was their choreographic debut, and each one left me impressed.

REVIEW: North Atlantic Dance Theatre on the North Shore

By Mary Hierholzer

The North Atlantic Dance Theatre’s June gala was, like the company itself, a hidden gem on the North Shore. Performing at Beverly’s Larcom Theatre, the small company is a much-needed balletic presence north of Boston.

REVIEW: Boston Ballet School in Next Generation

By Mary Hierholzer

The students of Boston Ballet School’s pre-professional, trainee and second company levels had a taste of the mainstage and gave us a glimpse of the next generation of ballet at the Boston Opera House in their annual one-night performance on May 24. The Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra superbly played the music for Next Generation, a style of performing that is...

REVIEW: The L.A. Dance Project in Boston

By Mary Hierholzer

The L.A. Dance Project performed an inspired triple-bill show last Friday as part of the Celebrity Series of Boston, opening their very first weekend run in Boston. The city received them well; guests filling roughly three-quarters of the intimate Shubert Theater warmly applauded...

Robbins/The Concert: Boston Ballet boasts its finest

By Mary Hierholzer

Boston Ballet’s final production of the 2016–17 season is nothing short of impressive. In a triple bill that boasts three of the biggest names in ballet choreography—George Balanchine, Jorma Elo and Jerome Robbins—the company brought their best to the stage on opening night of Robbins/The Concert last week.                                                                                                        

Superb Dancing Highlights Boston Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty

By Mary Hierholzer

Boston Ballet’s premiere dancers lit the stage for an enjoyable opening night of The Sleeping Beauty last week. The company is one weekend into their four-week run of this ultra-classical ballet choreographed by Marius Petipa and Frederick Ashton, set to Tchaikovsky’s famous score, telling the tale of fairies, royals, Aurora and her prince.      

A Dynamic Ballet Experience at Green Street Studios

By Mary Hierholzer

Over the weekend, Green Street Studios hosted a diverse ballet showcase and discussion to broaden audiences’ exposure to the art form. The six performing groups demonstrated ballet in varying capacities, from classical to contemporary to dance that can hardly be described as ballet—all with the common thread of ballet having served as a launching pad for dance.


Boston Ballet sets a standard with Kylián/Wings of Wax

By Mary Hierholzer

Kylián/Wings of Wax is the ballet to beat this season. Boston Ballet’s triple-bill show, which opened last Thursday, is a dramatic and tasteful range of dance, from the opener of George Balanchine’s sweet Donizetti Variations, to Jiří Kylián’s atmospheric Wings of Wax, and a triumphant finale with Alexander Ekman’s Cacti.