Boston Ballet

At Ted Shawn Theatre: Aug 21 - Aug 25

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This performance took place August 21-25, 2019. Scroll for bonus content!

“Nothing less than brilliant” (The Boston Globe), Boston Ballet returned to Jacob’s Pillow for the first time in over a decade. Under the artistic directorship of Mikko Nissinen since 2001, Boston Ballet is recognized worldwide for repertoire that is “one of the most eclectic in the country” (The New York Times). As New England’s first professional ballet company with a Pillow history dating to the company’s infancy in 1962, Boston Ballet has mesmerized audiences for over five decades, presenting classical evening-length ballets as well as innovative contemporary works.

Boston Ballet’s program included excerpts of William Forsythe’s critically acclaimed Playlist (EP), which pairs Forsythe’s daring choreography to a soundtrack pulled straight from today’s top charts by artists like Khalid, ABRA, and Lion Babe/Jax Jones; as well as Pas de Quatre and Rodin by classic Russian choreographer Leonid Yakobson; and resident choreographer Jorma Elo’s Bach Cello Suites. Read more in the program and PillowNotes.

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Watch the Post-Show Talk

Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen, principal dancer Derek Dunn, and soloist Chyrstyn Fentroy in conversation with Jacob’s Pillow Scholar-in-Residence Janet Schroeder.

In the Press

On Playlist (EP): “Set to rap, R&B and pop tunes by the likes of Peven Everett, Khalid and Abra, it’s packed with pirouettes and lifts and pointe work—but it’s all faster, sharper, tighter and sexier.” Read more from Tresca Weinstein of Times Union.

Dive into Jacob’s Pillow Dance Interactive

This ever-growing collection includes dance videos filmed at Jacob’s Pillow from the 1930s to today and new illustrated essays. Explore more from Boston Ballet on JPDI: