In a trio of iconic ballets by the man responsible for American ballet, George Balanchine, Boston Ballet skillfully demonstrated the great choreographer’s versatility—and I think he would be proud. The thoroughly engaging Classic Balanchine program of Prodigal Son, Stravinsky Violin Concerto and Chaconne put forth some of the Company’s most entertaining and skilled dancers.
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.