Whether you live in Boston or are planning a trip to the area this year, Boston Ballet has so many reasons to get down to the theater district! Chaz and I just attended the opening night performance of Giselle (read our post about it on Castle Party here), and we’re so excited to see what the rest of the season has in store!
Giselle (September 19-29, 2019) follows a peasant girl who becomes enthralled with an aristocrat who is secretly engaged to someone else. When Giselle becomes aware of his prior engagement she tragically dies of a broken heart, and the rest of the ballet takes on a haunting ambiance as the forest Wilis try to get Giselle to join them all while making any men who cross their path dance to their death. Tickets start at $37 on bostonballet.org.
The Nutcracker (November 29-December 29, 2019) is one of my favorite holiday traditions in the city! This classic story is fun for the whole family, and the best way to kick off the holiday season. Plus I’m always in awe of the gorgeous costumes in The Nutcracker- the holiday season is just not complete until we see the Sugar Plum Fairy’s sparkly tutu.
rEVOLUTION (February 27-March 8, 2020) showcases the works of three choreographers: George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, and William Forsythe. Each Act shares distinctly unique choreography performed by some of the most talented dancers on the East Coast. I think sometimes these ballets are ‘less familiar’ so some people aren’t sure what to expect, but every year these end up having some of my favorite works in them! Highly recommend grabbing tickets for this one!
Carmen (March 12-22, 2020) is filled with fiery passion and the power of femininity with with works by George Balanchine, Jorma Elo, and Helen Picket. With each work focusing on the many characters that create strong women, this work is certainly timely and I can’t wait to check it out.
Swan Lake (May 1-31, 2020) is the one ballet that I’ve been dying to see forever! This classic ballet is filled with dark magic and stunning dancing set to Tchaikovsky’s memorable score. I’ve tried to see Swan Lake every time it’s been performed in the area and the dates have never worked out for me, but hopefully this will be the year!
Off the Charts (May 8-29, 2020) will be full of energy with works by William Forsythe, Jyri Kilian, and Stephen Galloway in a spectacular showcase of creative choreography that sounds like a must-see.
I’m so excited to see everything that’s on deck this year and will be sharing whatever adventures we have throughout Boston’s theater district on castlepartyblog.com. If you make it to a ballet this year, be sure to head into the lower level of the Boston Opera House for The Warm-up- it’s a small exhibit area and photo op tailored to each ballet and it’s a great way to get kids interested in the arts.