Friday, September 28, 2007

Boston Ballet dancers reign in Spain, and elsewhere

Above is a nice photo (by Ballet danseur Sabi Varga) of the Boston Ballet being greeted by Queen Sofia of Spain after a performance of La Sylphide in Mallorca . In case you didn't know, this summer the company embarked on its first international tour in fifteen years. The six-week trip Spain took Boston Ballet to seven festivals, where two programs were presented, including Sorella Englund’s staging of August Bournonville’s La Sylphide, and an all-Balanchine bill of Serenade, Who Cares? and The Four Temperaments. Many performances were sold out and the reviews were rapturous.

But the company's travels are far from over. They just returned from a brief sojourn at the Guggenheim (a Dance Magazine blog review is here), and will return to New York this week to perform as part of the "Fall for Dance Festival," where the Ballet will perform an excerpt from Jorma Elo’s Brake the Eyes.

Of course all this touring can only whet local balletomanes' appetites - how much longer must we wait before we can see the Ballet again ourselves? Fear not, the wait will soon be over: the company's annual Gala performance, "Night of Stars," will take place next Friday, October 12, at CitiCenter, followed on October 18 by the double bill that reigned in Spain, Serenade and La Sylphide.

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