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Outer moves, inner beauty: Looking back on the year in Boston dance

Here, in no particular order, are some of the highlights of the year in Boston dance.

By DEBRA CASH  |  December 14, 2012

Review: Boston Ballet's La Bayadère

The Ballet's opening-night performance confirmed that La Bayadère should visit the Hub more often.
Theme and variations
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  November 05, 2010
Mikko Nissinen's Stuff

Mikko Nissinen's Stuff

As the artistic director of Boston Ballet, Mikko Nissinen keeps one of the busier schedules among the arts leaders in town. He steals some free...
By Carol Beggy  |  May 31, 2010

Second sight

May in Boston has always been Storybook Ballet Month, as Boston Ballet finished off its season with Swan Lake or Sleeping Beauty or Don Quixote , something classical and highbrow and reassuring. That, after all, is what Boston audiences want, right?
Boston Ballet reprises Jirí Kylián’s Black & White
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 21, 2010

Theme and variations

George Balanchine was famous for “non-story” ballets, but when you put three of his works — the usual number to fill up an evening — together, you always get some kind of narrative.
Boston Ballet’s ‘Ultimate Balanchine’
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 14, 2010

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



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

No place like home

The first thing audiences see when the curtain goes up on Boston Ballet's Giselle is our heroine's charming Rhineland-village home, a rustic abode that in Peter Farmer's set is framed by birches, a symbol of fidelity.
Boston Ballet's Giselle fits right in
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 09, 2009

Not so great

Way back in 1977, PBS gave us a Nutcracker with a difference: Mikhail Baryshnikov as an electrifying Nutcracker/Cavalier and willowy Gelsey Kirkland as an older-than-usual Clara, as the Sugar Plum Fairy.
San Francisco's Nutcracker on PBS
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 02, 2008

Wising up

Sergei Prokofiev’s two classical ballets invariably find Boston Ballet playing the dating game.
James Kudelka’s Cinderella at Boston Ballet
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 17, 2008

Mastering the masterpieces

It’s not exactly a trip down Memory Lane, but this weekend Boston Ballet is revisiting some pieces and choreographers it hasn’t performed in the Mikko Nissinen era.
Boston Ballet takes on Balanchine, Tudor, and Tharp
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 21, 2008


Balancing act

It’s been quite a year for Boston Ballet.
Interview: Mikko Nissinen and Boston Ballet
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 14, 2008

Big pond, little pond

Swan Lake is ballet’s prima ballerina because, 131 years after its Moscow premiere, it’s still poised on pointe.
Swan Lake  in Boston and Providence
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 06, 2008

Whither Wilder?

This past week, the Australian Ballet announced that it has hired Wilder to be its new executive director.
Valerie goes Down Under
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 16, 2008

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


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

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

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

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


Where’s the magic?

The hook for Boston Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker this year is “more magic.”
Looking for enchantment from Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  December 05, 2006

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 .
Boston Ballet's Gala performance
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 26, 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

Christmas packages

Some of us cringe at the very word Nutcracker , but there are alternatives — and even the Real Thing comes in many flavors.
Nutcrackers and other holiday treats
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  January 09, 2006