By Shivani Patel, Staff Writer
If you don’t already do so, I suggest you read some of the emails and tweets Boston University sends out about various events going on around campus. I assure you there are tons of things that might peak your interest. In fact, this is how I got the chance to attend a preview of the Boston Ballet for their upcoming season.
BU’s own Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center hosted a moderated discussion about the Boston Ballet dancers and the pieces they were performing on Monday, Feb. 4. In addition to learning about the their performance “Close to Chuck,” made up of three different works (“Close to Chuck,” “Bella Figura” and “Resonance”), students had the opportunity to see dancers perform excerpts from each routine.
“Close to Chuck”:
The first dance in the performance was inspired by the theme of overcoming obstacles in life. The music and costumes to go along with this piece are amazing, a huge hit with advanced screenings of the segment.
This is quite a popular piece. It features the work of choreographer Jiřa Kylián, who released the original choreography in 1995. The story is based around darkness and finding the silver lining, giving the audience a chance to watch these graceful dancers emote what they are feeling on stage.
This last piece is the crown jewel among the three. For the first time, José Martinez is working with an American ballet company to produce a piece. For those of you don’t know who Martinez is, he joined the Paris Opera Ballet in ’88, and has never quit since. He has gained international recognition for his work, so watching this segment is quite the experience.
At the showcase itself, moderator Rusell Kaiser spoke of the time, effort and dedication that goes into these routines as well as the accompanying elements such as staging and lighting that factor into a good performance.
I enjoyed the talk interspersed with a few dance performances. It was a weird (albeit cool) experience watching Kaiser speak about the performance, then to see a part of it performed.
Ballet takes an incredible amount of discipline and stamina as well as grace, and these dancers definitely showed those qualities in their production. Even simple things such as the pointing of toes or expressions to the song gave the performance life, even if they didn’t have all the elements for the showcase.
If you’re interested in seeing the Boston Ballet perform “Close to Chuck,” they will be performing from February 20th to March 2nd. Buy your ticket ASAP and come enjoy a performance at the Boston Opera House.