October 5, 2011

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WHAT: Boston Ballet presents Architecture of Dance, a demonstration at the Museum of Fine Arts on Monday, October 10 at 11:00am and 1:00pm. Newly appointed Harvard Dance Program Director Jill Johnson will moderate the showcase, which will include a demonstration of the Forsythe improvisation technique, a presentation on the history of Forsythe’s history, work and methods, and a Q&A with Boston Ballet company dancers.

Boston Ballet principal dancers Kathleen Breen Combes, James Whiteside and Soloist John Lam will participate in the showcase. A video presentation of excerpts of Forsythe’s The Second Detail will be screened. The Second Detail made its company premiere with Boston Ballet in spring of 2011 and was met with rave reviews.

WHEN: Monday, October 10, 2011

Presentations at 11:00am and 1:00pm


WHERE:  Remis Auditorium, The Museum of Fine Arts
                100 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02116


TICKETS:  Free. Limited availability.





Jill Johnson was appointed Dance Director at Harvard University in May 2011. Johnson is a graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School. She was a soloist with the National Ballet of Canada and a principal dancer in choreographer William Forsythe’s company Frankfurt Ballet for ten years. For the past two decades she has staged Forsythe’s work worldwide.

Johnson was formerly on the faculties of Princeton University, Barnard College at Columbia University, and New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member at The Juilliard School, The Joffrey Ballet School, and Movement Invention Project where she has been Choreographer-In-Residence, and has taught regularly at Yale University, The Alvin Ailey School, and Ohio State University.

Johnson’s recent choreographic commissions include works for NYU, the Movement and Invention Project Collective, Princeton University, Columbia University, The Julliard School and Cedar Lake Dance Company. 


William Forsythe is recognized as one of the world’s foremost choreographers. His work is acknowledged for reorienting the practice of ballet from its identification with classical repertoire to a dynamic 21st-century art form. Forsythe danced with the Joffrey Ballet and later the Stuttgart Ballet, where he was appointed Resident Choreographer in 1976. In 1984, he began a 20-year tenure as director of the Ballet Frankfurt.

Forsythe established a new, more independent ensemble called The Forsythe Company, which maintains an extensive international touring schedule. Forsythe’s most recent works are developed and performed exclusively by The Forsythe Company, while his earlier pieces are prominently featured in the repertoire of virtually every major ballet company in the world.


2011-2012 Season Tickets

Subscriptions, Group Sales tickets, and individual tickets for The Nutcracker are on sale now.  Individual tickets for all other ballets go on sale on Monday, August 29.  Subscriptions and individual tickets are available online 24 hours a day at Boston Ballet’s website, by phone at 617.695.6955, and in person at the box office at 19 Clarendon Street, Boston, Mon–Fri, 9:30am-5pm.  Tickets start at $25 for season ballets and $35 for Night of Stars and The Nutcracker.  Group Sales tickets for parties of 10 or more are available through the box office at 617.695.6955.   

About Boston Ballet

Since 1963, Boston Ballet has been one of the leading dance companies in the world on stage, in the studio and in the community.  Under the leadership of Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen and Executive Director Barry Hughson, the Company maintains an internationally acclaimed repertoire and the largest ballet school in North America, Boston Ballet School.

Boston Ballet maintains a repertoire of classical, neo-classical and contemporary works, ranging from full-length story ballets to new works by some of today’s finest choreographers. Boston Ballet’s second company, Boston Ballet II, is comprised of dancers who gain experience by performing with the Company and independently, presenting special programs to audiences throughout the Northeast. 

Boston Ballet School, the official school of Boston Ballet, has a long-standing dedication to providing excellence and access to dance education. It reaches more than 10,000 students, ages 9-month to adult each year through its four core programs: Children’s Program, Classical Ballet Program, Adult Dance Program and Pre-Professional Program. Boston Ballet’s award-winning community outreach initiatives include Citydance, Taking Steps, and Adaptive Dance.  The wide array of dance programs are held at three studio locations in Boston, Newton, and Marblehead with additional programs throughout New England, as well as at community centers and in the Boston Public Schools.

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