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Watch Boston Ballet’s DREAMstate at the Opera House

The company puts on a series of three shows this spring: ChoreograpHER, DREAMstate, and MINDscape.

Artists of Boston Ballet perform Jiří Kylián’s Bella Figura
Artists of Boston Ballet perform Jiří Kylián’s Bella Figura. Photo by Rosalie O’Connor

After a successful run of The Nutcracker, Boston Ballet’s first in-person performance since the pandemic began, the company puts on a series of three shows this spring: ChoreograpHER, DREAMstate, and MINDscape.

Running March 17 through 27, DREAMstate comprises three short, ethereal ballets, ranging in style from the pure ballet to the contemporary.

“I call this one ‘fasten your seatbelt,’” Boston Ballet artistic director Mikko Nissinen told the Herald.

The show opens with Chaconne by twentieth century choreographer and New York City Ballet co-founder George Balanchine, a mesmerizing pure ballet for 27 dancers set to music from the 1762 opera Orfeo ed Euridice. Next up is the world premiere of DEVIL’S/eye by Stephen Galloway, former principal at the Ballet Frankfurt and creative consultant for the Rolling Stones. Boston Ballet describes the much-anticipated show, set to rock music, as a “funhouse of choreography and couture.” Finally, the company welcomes the return of Jiří Kylián’s Bella Figura, a timely examination of the resilience of the human body, both spiritually and physically. Bella Figure in Italian means not only “beautiful body,” but also “putting on a brave face.”

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To learn more about the show, check out behind-the-scenes footage from Boston Ballet.

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