Few companies can do pageantry quite like ABT, buoyed by its vast resources as well as on this occasion the company’s desire to celebrate its 75th anniversary with panache.
Two 20th century gems bracketed the evening, and all four works showed how the ballet idiom can serve and be served by classical music.
The three choreographers used the streams of sound as an opportunity to provide floods of movement challenges to the terrific dancers of the company.
Each piece is so different from the others in Shades of Sound that the evening provides something for everyone, giving the company a chance to showcase its phenomenal technique.
What I didn’t see opening night was passion. The characters, all living on the edge of respectability, are comfortable in their own world, but as individuals most of them don’t assert themselves.
If you know Swan Lake, there will be few structural surprises. Girl turned into swan, prince falls in love, prince gets fooled, they both feel really terrible, and die.
Carrying cacti around the stage in boxes and placing them on their heads and in predictably suggestive positions, the Boston Ballet dancers looked like they were having a blast
I hope thousands of people show up to see Le Grand Continental-Boston next weekend. Not to see me, but to see how dance can change the way we appreciate our world.
Boston Ballet is showcasing a number of its ballerinas in the title role of Cinderella.
Surrounded by the gilded ornamentation of the Boston Opera house, the three minimalist pieces that make up “Close to Chuck” could not be any more of a contrast.