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The meaning of 'THE'

William Forsythe's 1991 ballet The Second Detail begins with 13 dancers in ice-blue leotards and tights, facing away from the audience.
Boston Ballet's 'Bella Figura'
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  May 06, 2011


Boston Ballet’s artistic director, Mikko Nissinen, wants us to think of his company as utterly contemporary, but it’s a tricky balance to pull off.
Boston Ballet’s ‘World Passions’; Streb Brave at the ICA
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  October 30, 2009

Photos: Boston Ballet's World Passions

Photos of the Boston Ballet's "World Passions" collection, including Jorma Elo's Carmen ; Helen Pickett's Tsukiyo ; Viktor Plotnikov's Rhyme ; and Marius Petipa's Paquita.
Photos from the Boston Ballet's "World Passions" at the Opera House
By ERIC ANTONIOU  |  October 30, 2009

Both ears and the tail for this Carmen

"World Passions," the collection of four works that Boston Ballet opened at the Opera House last night, was more pleasant than passionate until Kathleen Breen Combes sashayed out as the title character in Jorma Elo's Carmen .
Boston Ballet's 'World Passions'
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 30, 2009

Smaller, bigger, better

Is Boston in the midst of a ballet boom? You could certainly believe that if you attended Boston Ballet’s fourth annual season-opening gala last Saturday.
Boston Ballet’s fourth ‘Night of Stars’
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  September 25, 2009

Legs plus

Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s program at Jacob’s Pillow last week sampled four choreographers while showing off the dynamic 11-member company.
Aspen Santa Fe at Jacob’s Pillow
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  September 02, 2008



There’s got to be more to the future than the spectacle of gaudier and gaudier soulless cyberbodies.
Boston Ballet’s ‘Next Generation’
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  March 12, 2008

Quo vadis?

“Next Generation” is the kind of ballet-program title that might have you asking yourself what happened to “This Generation."
Boston Ballet’s ‘Next Generation’
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 10, 2008

Twinkle, twinkle

For some 15 years now, Boston Ballet has danced like a major international ballet company, and Mikko Nissinen wants to be sure everybody’s aware of that.
Boston Ballet’s ‘Night of Stars’
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  January 31, 2008

The reign in Spain

If only the company could return to the local appreciation its international achievement deserves.
Boston Ballet on tour
By CHRISTINE TEMIN  |  August 07, 2007

L’Allegro, fuss and feathers, and the ICA blues

This year we were looking forward to dance performances at the Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater in the new ICA.
 A year in dance
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 20, 2006


Hit and miss

Boston Ballet didn’t need Mark Morris’s blessing in 1999, and it doesn’t need it now.
Visiting and home teams swing for the fences  
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 22, 2006

New & newish

Helen Pickett’s Etesian , which opened Boston Ballet’s “Grand Slam” program of contemporary works last Thursday, began with a lone dancer adrift on a sea of darkness.
Boston Ballet’s ‘Grand Slam’  
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  March 21, 2006