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    Boston Ballet

    Mikko Nissinen

    The Boston Ballet presents three iconic pieces from its repertoire by Jorma Elo, William Forsythe, and Jiří Kylián.

    Boston Ballet, Bella Figura
    Boston Ballet, Bella Figura © Gene Schiavone
    Boston Ballet, Bach Cello Suites
    Boston Ballet, Bach Cello Suites © Rosalie O'Connor

    Bach Cello Suites (2015)
    Jorma Elo | choreography
    Sergey Antonov | cello
    Live Music

    Blake Works III (French creation)
    William Forsythe | choreography
    Recorded music

    Bella Figura
    Jiří Kylián | choreography, sets, lights
    Lukas Foss, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Alessandro Marcello, Antonio Vivaldi, Giuseppe Torelli  | music
    Joke Visser | costumes
    Recorded music

    For almost 60 years, the repertoire of this American East Coast company has included both the “classics” (Petipa, Noureev, Balanchine, John Cranko, etc.) and big names from the world of contemporary dance (William Forsythe, Jiří Kylián, Wayne McGregor, Mark Morris, Christopher Wheeldon, Jorma Elo). This reflects the high level of technical ability displayed by the company and its dancers which allows them to showcase such diverse repertoire worthy of the world’s finest ballet companies. In 2002, Finnish dancer Mikko Nissinen, whose career spans both Europe and the United States, was appointed artistic director of the Boston Ballet. The ambitious artistic approach which he fosters here is demonstrated by the programme selected for this evening: Bach Cello Suites by Jorma Elo, which is perfectly attuned to the intimate aspect of the masterpiece by the Cantor of Leipzig, followed by Blake Works III by the hugely talented Forsythe, and the legendary Bella Figura by Jiří Kylián. Flitting between dream and reality, between the visible and the invisible, Bella Figura (1995) is a suite of exquisitely harmonious baroque duets, trios and quartets, constructed around music from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Dance explores the aesthetic ambiguity of theatrical and musical performance.

    Coréalisation Productions Internationales Albert Sarfati | Théâtre des Champs-Elysées