Yesterday, Boston Ballet announced the promotion of five dancers for the 2018–19 season: Soloists Ji Young Chae and Derek Dunn are promoted to principal, Patric Palkens is promoted two positions from artist to soloist, and Artists Chrystyn Fentroy and Drew Nelson are promoted to second soloist.
Having worked closely with William “Bill” Forsythe, both as a dancer and stager, for nearly three decades, Pas/Parts 2018 stager Jill Johnson hopes audiences view this ballet with an open mind. “It can be interpreted in a multitude of ways—there isn’t a singular way to experience it.”
Simple, rich and intimate, Jorma Elo’s first plunge into classical ballet features selections from Johann Sebastian Bach’s famed Cello Suites. Since its premiere in 2015, Mr. Elo has simplified Bach Cello Suites’ choreography and brightened its lighting.
Sometimes when dancers take the stage, choreography is the least of their worries. Take John Cranko’s Romeo & Juliet—acting, the dancers say, is the key. Boston Ballet Principals Seo Hye Han and Lasha Khozashvili have been perfecting not only their technique, but the emotion in the ballet of William Shakespeare’s classic romance for months. Together, Ms. Han and Mr. Khozashvili will take the stage as Juliet and Romeo later this month.
Earlier this month, Boston Ballet gave a promising preview of their upcoming program, Parts in Suite, as part of their BB@home series. With excerpts from Justin Peck’s In Creases (2012), Jorma Elo’s Bach Cello Suites (2015) and William Forsythe’s Pas/Parts 2018 (first premiered in 1999), the evening celebrated the creative experience of producing works by still-living choreographers...