Boston Ballet season opener 2010/11 – Night of Stars

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 BOSTON, MA – September 15, 2010 – Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen announced today the complete program and casting for Boston Ballet’s one-night-only, all-star performance, Night of Stars, which takes place Saturday, October 23 at 7:30pm. The performance, a sell-out in 2009, marks the start of Boston Ballet’s second season at The Boston Opera House, and a first chance to see the new company dancers as well as repertoire highlights for the coming season. Night of Stars features the full company, as well as students of Boston Ballet School, the Boston Ballet Orchestra, and internationally renowned guest stars Laëtitia Pujol and Alessio Carbone of Paris Opera Ballet.

Night of Stars is a breathtaking evening of dance and, every year, is a thrilling season kick-off for the company,” said Nissinen. “It’s an evening that brings together the best of dance, and this year we welcome many new dancers with an expanded Company roster, students from Boston Ballet School and international stars from Paris Opera Ballet.”

The evening will open with an excerpt from the company’s upcoming world premiere of La Bayadère. The Shades scene from La Bayadère is one of the greatest and most beautiful masterpieces of academic classical ballet requiring technical precision from the corps de ballet. Other highlights include Le Corsaire pas de deux performed by new soloists Adiarys Almeida and Joseph Gatti as well as several masterpieces by George Balanchine, including Tarantella, Scherzo a la Russe, featuring Boston Ballet School students, and Apollo, praised by The New York Times as “outstanding… the action suspenseful. [With] that most crucial sense of wanting to know what would happen next.” The program will also include a world premiere by Helen Pickett and a piece d’occasion choreographed by principal dancer Yury Yanowsky.

Laëtitia Pujol and Alessio Carbone, both stars with Paris Opera Ballet, will be the guest artists for the evening. Pujol trained with Paris Opera Ballet School before joining the company where she has for over 15 years, achieving the rank of Étoile in 2002. Carbone joined Paris Opera Ballet in 1997 and has danced in various galas throughout the world. Carbone will perform Maurice Bejart’s Arepo, a 1986 work which premiered at Paris Opera Ballet. Together they will perform an excerpt from José Martinez’s Les Enfants du Paradis, a tribute ballet to the 1943 film of the same title.

Special events for Night of Stars include a three-course dinner for presenting sponsors preceding the performance and a ticketed post-performance event of light appetizers, cocktails, and dancing, with music by DJ Ms Thang.  more information and tickets for Night of Stars special events.

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 pre-professional dancers who gain experience by performing with the Company and independently, presenting lecture-demonstrations and special programs to audiences throughout the Northeast. 

Boston Ballet School, the official school of Boston Ballet, has a long-standing dedication to excellence and access and reaches more than 10,000 students ages 2-adult each year through Boston Ballet School classes, Summer Dance Workshop, Summer Dance Program, 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 community centers and in Boston Public Schools.

The complete Night of Stars programming follows:

Please note that casting and repertoire are subject to change.

The Shades (excerpt from La Bayadére)

Music: Ludwig Minkus

Choreography: Florence Clerc by Marius Petipa

Dancers: Company

Apollo (excerpt)

Music: Igor Stravinsky

Choreography: George Balanchine

Dancers: Pavel Gurevich and Kathleen Breen Combes


Music: Charles Gounod

Choreography: Maurice Béjart

Dancer: Alessio Carbone

Courtesy of Paris Opera Ballet

Le Corsaire (pas de deux)

Music: Adolphe Adam

Choreography: Mikko Nissinen after Marius Petipa

Dancers: Adiarys Almeida and Joseph Gatti


Plan to B

Music: Henrich von Biber

Choreography: Jorma Elo

Dancers: Company

Scherzo a la Russe

Music: Igor Stravinsky

Choreography: George Balanchine

Dancers: Maria Alvarez, Melanie Riffee and students of Boston Ballet School


Music: Louis Moreau Gottschalk

Choreography: George Balanchine

Dancers: Whitney Jensen and Jeffrey Cirio


Music: TBD

Choreography: Yury Yanowsky

Dancers: Rie Ichikawa, John Lam, Jaime Diaz

Don Quixote (pas de deux)

Music: Ludwig Minkus

Choreography: Mikko Nissinen after Marius Petipa

Dancers: Lia Cirio and Lasha Khozashvili and Erica Cornejo and Nelson Madrigal

Layli and Majnun – WORLD PREMIERE

Music: Arvo Pärt

Choreography: Helen Pickett

Dancers: Larissa Ponomarenko and Yury Yanowsky

Robert Macair (excerpt from Les enfants du Paradis)

Music: Domenico Scarlatti

Choreography: José Martinez

Dancers: Laëtitia Pujol and Alessio Carbone

Theme and Variations (excerpts)

Music: P. I. Tchaikovsky

Choreography: George Balanchine

Dancers: Misa Kuranaga and James Whiteside and Company

2010-2011 Season Tickets

Subscriptions, individual tickets and tickets for The Nutcracker are on sale now. Subscriptions and all tickets will be available for sales online 24 hours a day or by phone at 617.695.6955 or in person at the box office at 19 Clarendon Street, Boston, Mon–Fri, 9am-5pm and on performance days on Sat and Sun, 11am – 4pm.  Prices for season ballets start at $25.  Tickets to The Nutcracker start at $35.  Discounted group tickets (10 or more for season ballets and 20 or more for The Nutcracker) are available by calling Boston Ballet’s Group Sales at 617.456.6343.  Contact the Boston Ballet Box Office at 617.695.6955 or go online for details.

Boston Ballet gratefully acknowledges the following institutional partners:

State Street Corporation, 2010 Presenting Sponsor, The Nutcracker

 Jane’s Trust

Massachusetts Cultural Council

National Endowment for the Arts

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5 Responses to “Boston Ballet season opener 2010/11 – Night of Stars”

  1. yvonne Says:

    Only 4 hours away by car,
    I am tring to get another woman to come to Boston.
    What a night it will be.

  2. Ballet News Says:

    Yvonne – I agree. I relly hope you get there. You must let me know – please !!

  3. Jude Says:

    Oh, you made me so nostalgic! I used to hold season tickets, 4 years straight even though I was a starving student in Boston 🙂 Thanks for this!

  4. Ballet Says:

    I have looked at many dance sites and not come across such a site as yours that tells everyone everything they need to know.


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