Boson Ballet has brought a classic fairytale to life, with a performance of Marius Petipa’s The Sleeping Beauty. Like the story itself, the ballet was charmed, with lush period outfits, mesmerizing dances, and a spellbinding symphony.
“This is my favorite production of The Sleeping Beauty, and I am excited to share it with Boston audiences again. It is a fantastic introduction for the first-time ballet goer, as well as a true pleasure for connoisseurs,” said Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen in a press release. “The Sleeping Beauty is ingrained in ballet history, and I am proud that Boston Ballet continues this legacy. The tradition, emotion, and atmosphere created by the superb dancing, costumes, and sets have made audiences fall in love with it again and again.”
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Lovers and newcomers alike of the ballet will be moved by Boston Ballet’s Kylian/Wings of Wax—a diverse three piece program that mixes traditional with contemporary, light with dark, and spoken word with dance.
George Balanchine’s Donizetti Variations—composed of eleven dancers and set to Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti’s final opera Don Sebastian— kicked off the night and was my personal favorite. Originally created in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Italy’s unification, the piece is light-hearted and watching it felt like falling in love during the spring. Everything about it—the dancers, performance, music, and the beautiful pink and baby blue costumes—just worked and put a smile on my face.
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