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Boston Ballet: falling Awake

Almost every dance by Jorma Elo opens with men rushing from the wings and erupting in big, climactic leaps.

By DEBRA CASH  |  November 02, 2012
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Jorma Elo and Anna Sokolow

In silence a man slowly pushes a large, light-filled box across a dark stage. The box is bigger than an outhouse and smaller than a garage, and the light shows through only one side.
What's in that box?
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  April 01, 2011
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2009: The year in Dance

You could say there were two tremendous forces that propelled dance into the world of modern culture: the Ballets Russes of Serge Diaghilev and the choreography of Merce Cunningham.
Milestones and memories
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  December 25, 2009
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Definitions

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
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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
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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


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Setting the Wang on fire

Boston Ballet's 'Ballets Russes'
Boston Ballet's 'Ballets Russes'
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 22, 2009
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Long-lasting launch pad

Of the nearly 70 ballets that made up the repertory of Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, only a few inhabit our stages today. But the Diaghilev adventure still inspires legions of choreographers, antiquarians, archivists, scholars, and gossips.
Ballets Russes week at Harvard
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  April 24, 2009
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Diaghilev days

The Ballets Russes come to town
The Ballets Russes come to town
By DEBRA CASH  |  March 16, 2009
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State of the art

Maybe it’s the economy, but Boston Ballet’s third-annual season-opening gala was a sober evening, without the orchestral overture that graced the first two affairs.  
Boston Ballet’s third ‘Night of Stars’
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 17, 2008
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Russian revel?

The Russians are coming!
Looking ahead to Ballets Russes 2009
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 23, 2008


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Pas de divorce

It’s been a roller-coaster six weeks at Boston Ballet.
Opera House captures Boston Ballet’s heart
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 02, 2008
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Theatrics

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
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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
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Mastering the motion

“Masters of Motion” is the kind of catch-all title for a dance bill that encompasses everything and puts you in mind of nothing.
‘Masters of Motion’ in Providence
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  February 12, 2008
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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


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Ebb and flow

The good news is that we still have our own major company, Boston Ballet, and it made its first international tour — to Spain — in more than a decade.
Dance: 2007 in review
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 17, 2007
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Dark victory

It’s a good pairing: together, Serenade and La Sylphide write an essay on doomed love
Boston Ballet in Serenade and La Sylphide
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 31, 2007
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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
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Digital or timeless?

Garrison Keillor went into one of his trademark reveries and began to tell us about Tanglewood’s “designer” fireworks.
‘Opening Night at Tanglewood,’ the Dutch and the Danes at Jacob’s Pillow, ‘The Unknown Monet’ at the Clark
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  July 18, 2007
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Love and death

“Classic Balanchine” as opposed to . . . “Jazz Balanchine”? “Porno Balanchine”? What was the alternative?
Boston Ballet's "Classic Balanchine" has all the basics
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 09, 2007


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From Berlioz to Bayadère

The czy ambiance at Symphony Hall made the announcement of the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s 2007–2008 season seem like a family chat with James Levine.
The BSO and Boston Ballet announce 2007–2008
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 03, 2007
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Sight and insight

“New Visions” is the kind of title ballet-company directors come up with for programs that are sort of new and are hoping for vision.
Boston Ballet’s ‘New Visions’
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  March 07, 2007
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Dancing across the city

The ICA’s Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater, with its sprung wood dance floor and wrap-around windows framing the harbor, is positioned to become Boston dance’s most significant venue.
Between the opening of the new ICA and Bank of America's de-funding of Celebrity Series, will Boston be a city on the move or on the make in 2007?
By DEBRA CASH  |  December 27, 2006
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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
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Stairway to Paradise?

It’s a mark of Mikko Nissinen’s ambitions for Boston Ballet that last night’s benefit Gala Performance at the Wang Theatre ended with such a défilé .
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By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 26, 2006


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Lambarena redux

All summer long I’ve had the phrase “Do the Lambarena” running through my head, as if it were a dance craze, like the la-dee-dah or the lambada.
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By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  August 23, 2006
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Second thoughts

When Yeats wrote, “How can we know the dancer from the dance?”, he probably wasn’t thinking of the effect different casts can have on the performance of a ballet.
Boston Ballet’s Carmen , round two
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 25, 2006
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Up and down

Dance is all about direction.
Boston Ballet looks for direction
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 18, 2006
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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