Company Debuts 50th Anniversary Performances At The London Coliseum Accompanied by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra


Boston Ballet Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen announced the Company will visit London, 3 – 7 July 2013 for only six performances at the London Coliseum. The date marks the return of Boston Ballet to London for the first time in 30 years. The Company will present two programmes, showcasing the diversity of Boston Ballet’s repertoire and the versatility of its artists, accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.


The tour will commence Boston Ballet 50th anniversary season. “The performances are an exciting opportunity to bring this versatile ballet company to London”, said Nissinen. “The repertoire duly represents classical ballet, neo-classical dance and cutting edge contemporary dance.” The dynamic collection of ballets the Company will perform reflects a century of groundbreaking choreography ranging from Nijinsky to Boston Ballet resident choreographer Jorma Elo.


Programme A (3, 4, 6 & 7 July) highlights the company’s diverse range and command of Balanchine choreography. Featuring Vaslav Nijinsky’s Afternoon of a Faun, George Balanchine’s Serenade and Symphony in Three Movements, and resident choreographer Jorma Elo’s Plan to B which premiered with the Company in 2004, the choreography in this programme is rich with innovation. Boston Ballet Music Director and Principal Conductor Jonathan McPhee will lead the Royal Philharmonic.


The second programme (5 & 6 July) Boston Ballet brings to London audiences features the contemporary dynamism and versatility of the company. Programme B presents three extraordinary works – William Forsythe’s The Second Detail, Christopher Wheeldon’s Polyphonia and Jiří Kylián’s Bella Figura. Boston Ballet is the first American Company to perform Kylián’s Bella Figura. An emotional masterpiece, Bella Figura is a beautiful and artistic experience that leaves a lasting impression. Polyphonia, originally choreographed for New York City Ballet in 2001 by British choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, is as physically complex as its score. Boston Ballet dancers showcase their playful athleticism in this stripped down performance of ballet in a pure form. Finally, William Forsythe’s The Second Detail set to a robust score by Thom Willems is a potent piece of kinetic energy that never fails to overpower the theatre. Each of these groundbreaking works act as a tribute to the three choreographers’ visionary talent. All three works highlight Boston Ballet’s ability to evolve current perceptions about ballet.


London Tour Repertoire

Programme A



Choreography        George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust

Music                       P.I. Tchaikovsky

Costumes                Karinska

Lighting                   Mark Stanley/John Cuff


World Premiere: March 1, 1935, New York, NY, New York City Ballet

Boston Ballet Premiere: March 1994, Boston, MA


Approximate length: 32 minutes


Afternoon of a Faun

Choreography        Vaslav Nijinsky

Music                       Claude Debussy

Costumes                Leon Bakst

Lighting                   John Cuff


World Premiere: May 29, 1912, Paris, France, The Ballet Russes

Boston Ballet Premiere: May 14, 2009, Boston, MA


Approximate length: 11 minutes


Plan to B

Music                       Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber

Choreography        Jorma Elo

Costume Design    Jorma Elo

Lighting Design      John Cuff


World Premiere: March 25, 2004, Boston, MA, Boston Ballet

Approximate length: 14 minutes


Symphony in Three Movements

Choreography        George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust

Music                       Igor Stravinsky

Lighting                   Les Dickert


World Premiere: June 18, 1972, New York, NY, New York City Ballet

Boston Ballet Premiere: May 12, 2011, Boston, MA


Approximate length: 22 minutes



Programme B


The Second Detail

Music                       Thom Willems

Choreography        William Forsythe

Stage Design          William Forsythe

Costume Design    Yumiko Takeshima and Issey Miyake

Lighting Design      William Forsythe


World Premiere: February 10, 1991, Toronto, Canada, National Ballet of Canada

Boston Ballet Premiere: April 28, 2011, Boston, MA


Approximate length: 22 minutes


Polyphonia ©

Choreography        Christopher Wheeldon

Music                       György Ligeti

Costume Design    Holly Hynes

Lighting Design      Mark Stanley


World Premiere: January 4, 2001, New York, NY, New York City Ballet

Boston Ballet Premiere: March 1, 2007, Boston, MA


Approximate length: 27 minutes


Bella Figura

Choreography        Jiří Kylián

Music                       Lukas Foss

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi

Alessandra Marcello

Antonio Vivaldi

Giuseppe Torelli

Set Design               Jiří Kylián

Costume Design    Joke Visser

Lighting Design      Kees Tjebbes

Tech Adaptation    Kees Tjebbes


World Premiere: October 12, 1995, The Hague, Netherlands, Netherlands Dans Theater

Boston Ballet Premiere: April 28, 2011, Boston, MA


Approximate length: 32 minutes



Dates:                       Wednesday 3 – Sunday 7 July 2013

Programme A: 3, 4, 6 (eve) & 7 (mat only) July; Programme B: 5 & 6 (mat) July

Times:                     7.30pm; Matinee Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 July, 2.30pm

Tickets:                    £10 – £75

Box Office:              020 7845 9300 /online via ENO’s website


About Boston Ballet


Founded in 1963, Boston Ballet is one of the leading dance companies in the world onstage, in the studio, and in the community. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen and Executive Director Barry Hughson, Boston Ballet has developed exceptional education and community initiatives, in addition to maintaining one of the largest ballet schools in the world, Boston Ballet School.


Boston Ballet maintains a repertoire of classical, neo-classical, and contemporary works, ranging from timeless classics such as Marius Petipa’s The Sleeping Beauty and Giselle, John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet, and a rich collection of Balanchine choreography to cutting edge contemporary works by Resident Choreographer Jorma Elo and the visionary Jiří Kylián.

Boston Ballet gratefully acknowledges the following institutional partners:

State Street Corporation, 2012 Presenting Sponsor, The Nutcracker, London Tour

 Barr Foundation

The Boston Foundation

Massachusetts Cultural Council

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