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Boston Ballet’s 2020–2021 season

Posted on September 17, 2020

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The artistic director of Boston Ballet, Mikko Nissinen, has announced a reimagined 57th season with three major components: The Nutcracker on broadcast television, the BB@yourhome virtual dance series, and two in-person, live programmes in May at the Citizens Bank Opera House. Featuring sets and costumes by award-winning designer Robert Perdziola and set to Tchaikovsky’s renowned score, this will be the first time Nissinen’s production of The Nutcracker will be broadcast on television. It will air on NBC10 Boston on November 28 at 7pm with encore airings and on-demand viewing opportunities on NECN and Spanish-language Telemundo. It will also be available for free for a limited time on bostonballet.org.

BB@yourhome, the company’s first ever virtual season, will premiere six programmes from November to April. It will be available as a paid subscription, replacing the previously announced autumn and winter seasons at the Citizens Bank Opera House. Nissinen has curated programs to feature new performances by Boston Ballet dancers captured live in-studio. BB@yourhome will premiere new works created remotely by international collaborators such as Nanine Linning and Ken Ossola, share conversations with choreographers including William Forsythe, and celebrate dance from past performances.

Boston Ballet will present two live, in-person performances at the Citizens Bank Opera House: off the chART (May 6–16) and ChoreograpHER (May 20–30). Both programmes, which showcase historically underrepresented choreographic voices in ballet, have been shortened and eliminated intermissions for the audience’s safety; off the chART features the company premiere of William Forsythe’s New Suite, a collection of pas de deux from selections of his earlier works, and a world premiere by Stephen Galloway (originally slated to premiere in May 2020). ChoreograpHER is a female-led programme that celebrates innovative voices across the art world with five world premieres. For further information, go to http://bostonballet.org.

Pictured: Seo Hye Han and Paul Craig in Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker. Photograph: Liza Voll, courtesy of Boston Ballet. 

Nicola Rayner was editor of Dance Today from 2010 to 2015. She has written for a number of publications including The Guardian, The Independent and Time Out Buenos Aires, where she cut her teeth as a dance journalist working on the tango section. Today she continues to dance everything from ballroom to breakdance, with varying degrees of success. Her debut novel, The Girl Before You, was published last year in paperback, ebook and audiobook.

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