For Boston, the new year ushers in an abundance of diverse dance. From Boston Ballet to Brazilian flair and French hip-hop, The Boston Dance Journal rounded up a list of performances for the city to look forward to in the winter months of 2018.
In a dance drama that has enthralled audiences since its 2014 premiere, the Shanghai Dance Theatre presents Soaring Wings: Journey of the Crested Ibis in their Boston debut, January 11–12.
For the 17th year, the Tony William Dance Center produces its trademark take on a holiday classic: Anthony Williams’ Urban Nutcracker, now in its 17th year. Celebrating diversity though a creative combination of Duke Ellington’s jazz renditions of the tunes alongside Tchaikovsky’s original score, the company gives Boston a Nutcracker it needs at John Hancock Hall through December 28.
Boston Ballet’s rendition of The Nutcracker is as glittering, enchanting and heart-warming as ever. Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen’s production of this classic Christmas tale is now in its sixth year with Boston Ballet, and they wear it well (and not just the jewel-studded tutus). For a first-rate ballet company, this Nutcracker is a breeze, and a wonderful breeze at that.
When Addie Tapp comes onstage, it’s hard to miss her—long and slender, she fills every movement with grace. It’s hard being a tall woman in the ballet world, but Ms. Tapp makes the best of it, winning over audiences with her distinctive figure.
For four dancers of Boston Ballet, the 2017–18 season premiere marks both the beginning of their 15th season in the company and their 13th working alongside Resident Choreographer Jorma Elo.