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Boston Ballet in London

Posted on October 8, 2012


bostonballetserenadegeneschiavoneBoston Ballet will visit the London Coliseum from July 1 to 7, 2013, as part of the company’s 50th anniversary celebrations. There will be two programmes in the London season, including ballets by George Balanchine, Jirí Kylián, William Forsythe and Boston Ballet’s resident choreographer, Jorma Elo. The season will be accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

“The performances are an exciting opportunity to bring this versatile ballet company to London,” said Boston Ballet’s artistic director, Mikko Nissinen. “The repertoire duly represents classical ballet, neo-classical dance and cutting-edge contemporary dance.”

In Programme A, the company dance L’Après-midi d’un faune, credited to Vaslav Nijinsky, Balanchine’s Serenade and Symphony in Three Movements and Elo’s Plan to B, created for the company in 2004. Boston Ballet’s music director Jonathan McPhee will conduct the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Programme B features Forsythe’s The Second Detail, Wheeldon’s Polyphonia and Kylián’s Bella Figura.

Tickets are available from 020 7845 9300 or from


Picture: Boston Ballet in Serenade. Photograph: Gene Schiavone

Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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