The Boston Ballet Tours Ottawa to perform at The National Arts Centre.
The Boston Ballet Tours Ottawa to perform at The National Arts Centre.

Boston Ballet announced today the Company’s first tour to Ottawa, Canada to perform at The National Arts Centre, January 28 - 30, 2010. The Company will have three performances of George Balanchine’s Ballo della Regina, Sabrina Matthews’ ein von viel, Michel Fokine’s La Spectre de la Rose, Vaslav Nijinsky’s Afternoon of a Faun, and Jorma Elo’s Brake the Eyes.


“We are excited to again travel to uncharted territory and present Boston Ballet’s work to new audiences,” said Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen. “After successful international tours to Spain and Korea as well as major national engagements in New York, Washington D.C., California, and South Carolina, Boston Ballet is eager to perform in Canada and showcase the artistry and versatility that our Company is world-renowned for.”

The tour will highlight Boston Ballet’s diverse repertoire, bringing classic and new works to The National Arts Centre stage including Boston Ballet Resident Choreographer Jorma Elo’s critically acclaimed Brake the Eyes. Also featured is Canadian choreographer Sabrina Matthews’ ein von viel, which was originally created for Alberta Ballet when Nissinen was artistic director for the company, and made its U.S. premiere with Boston Ballet in 2008.


“Through touring, Boston Ballet serves as an ambassador for Boston, always taking the city’s name with us when we travel,” said Executive Director Barry Hughson. “Taking a new stage and performing before new audiences allows us to share the range and artistry of the Company and continue to expand access to the art form, an important part of Boston Ballet’s work as we look forward to our 50th anniversary.”

In 1980, Boston Ballet was the first American dance company to perform in the People’s Republic of China, the first stop on a five-country tour that included China, Hong Kong, Israel, France and Italy under the co-artistic directorship of E. Virginia Williams and Violette Verdy.

In July 2007, Boston Ballet embarked on its first international tour in 15 years. The six-week tour took the company to seven festivals in various regions of Spain. Two programs were presented throughout the tour, including Sorella Englund’s staging of August Bournonville’s La Sylphide, and an all-Balanchine bill of Serenade, Who Cares? and The Four Temperaments. Sold-out performances and resounding critical acclaim made this the largest and one of the most outstanding tours in Boston Ballet’s history. During the tour, the Company was honored with the attendance of many special guests including Queen Sofia of Spain.


In August 2008, Boston Ballet embarked on another international tour to Korea with Christopher Wheeldon’s Polyphonia, Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room, and George Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco. Boston Ballet was received enthusiastically by audiences and critics alike.

Additionally, the Company performed as part of the acclaimed Spoleto Festival USA in Charleston, South Carolina, the Ballet Across America series at The Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, The Guggenheim’s Works & Process series in New York, New York, and three times in New York’s Fall for Dance, among others.

Performances: January 28, January 29, and January 30, 2010 at 8PM

About Boston Ballet

Since 1963, Boston Ballet has been one of the leading dance companies in the world on stage, in the studio and in the community. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen and Executive Director Barry Hughson, the Company maintains an internationally acclaimed repertoire and the largest ballet school in North America, Boston Ballet School.

Boston Ballet maintains a repertoire of classical, neo-classical and contemporary works, ranging from full-length story ballets to new works by some of today's finest choreographers. Boston Ballet's second company, Boston Ballet II, is comprised of pre-professional dancers who gain experience by performing with the Company and independently, presenting lecture-demonstrations and special programs to audiences throughout the Northeast.

Boston Ballet School, the official school of Boston Ballet, has a long-standing dedication to excellence and access and reaches more than 10,000 students ages 2-adult each year through Boston Ballet School classes, Summer Dance Workshop, Summer Dance Program, Citydance, Taking Steps, and Adaptive Dance. The wide array of dance programs are held at four studio locations in Boston, Newton, Norwell and Marblehead, as well as community centers and in Boston Public Schools.

Boston Ballet gratefully acknowledges the following institutional partners: State Street Corporation, 2009 Presenting Sponsor, The Nutcracker; Jane’s Trust; Massachusetts Cultural Council; National Endowment for the Arts; and ... Boston Organ & Piano, Official Piano Supplier of Boston Ballet

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