Boston Ballet Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Arts, Tourism & Special Events, State Street Corporation, and Boston Public Schools, presents two free performances featuring Boston Ballet company dancers, Boston Ballet II dancers, and Boston Ballet School alongside students from Boston Ballet’s Education and Community programs at The Strand Theatre at 543 Columbia Road in Dorchester, MA on Friday, March 23, 2012 at 11:00am and 7:00pm.
“Boston Ballet is excitedly preparing for our third annual performances at The Strand Theatre,” said Boston Ballet Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen. “Boston Ballet is the city’s dance company and our deep roots in the community continue to grow through extensive outreach programs and our mission for excellence and access to the art form of dance. We look forward to celebrating the Dorchester community with the Mayor’s Office on March 23.”
“I want to thank Boston Ballet for continuing to offer great resources to our community and for bringing this beautiful art into our neighborhoods.” “The City of Boston is proud to be home to some of the best arts and cultural institutions in the country, including Boston Ballet,” said Mayor Thomas M. Menino. “It is important that our youth are given the opportunity to learn about dance through a productive and healthy form of self-expression.
Boston Ballet’s performances, underwritten by State Street, were developed specifically for The Strand Theatre. The performances will feature a dynamic introduction to a variety of dance forms through an interactive and diverse program. The 11:00am performance has been reserved for Boston Public Schools students. The 7:00pm performance is free and open to the general public. The Mayor’s Office of Arts, Tourism & Special Events has generously waived the Strand’s standard rental fee.
“We are delighted to be a part of this event which is an opportunity to make a significant impact on youth in our local community," said Alison Quirk, executive vice president and Chief Human Resources and Citizenship Officer at State Street and vice-chair of Boston Ballet Board of Trustees. "These performances will engage and educate nearly 2,000 underserved young people throughout Greater Boston about Boston Ballet and the culture of the performing arts.”
The performances will be hosted by Director of Education and Community Initiatives Zakiya Thomas. The program for both performances will feature Boston Ballet’s signature range of repertoire including classical and contemporary works performed by dancers from Boston Ballet, Boston Ballet II, Boston Ballet School, and students participating in Boston Ballet’s Education and Community Programs. Excerpts from Christopher Bruce’s Rooster, Christopher Wheeldon’s Polyphonia, Rudolf Nureyev’s Don Quixote and a new work by Boston Ballet principal Yury Yanowsky will be performed. The program will be narrated by Boston Ballet company members and Boston Ballet II dancers speaking about their personal experiences with the art form of dance. There will also be an audience participation section hosted by soloists Joseph Gatti and Jeffrey Cirio and a performance by Boston Ballet’s Taking Steps, Boys in Motion group.
The two performances are an extension of Boston Ballet’s unparalleled community outreach initiatives which include the nationally acclaimed Citydance, Adaptive Dance, and Taking Steps programs. Boston Ballet is proud to reach more than 10,000 children every year through its education and outreach programming. The event is sponsored by Boston Ballet, The Mayor’s Office of Arts, Tourism & Special Events, and State Street, with additional support from The Boston Foundation.
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2011-2012 Season Tickets
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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.
The Mayor’s Office of Arts Tourism & Special Events
The Mayor’s Office of Arts Tourism & Special Events is responsible for advancing the arts, tourism and culture in the city of Boston by providing advocacy, support, promotional and technical assistance, and by producing special events and public celebrations that reflect the city’s rich diversity.
The Strand Theatre
The mission of the Strand Theatre is to serve as a cultural and educational resource to artists and audiences regardless of race or cultural background, age, ability, gender, economic level, or sexual orientation. Central to the Strand's mission is the development and implementation of youth arts educations programs. The Strand Theatre has a special commitment to the surrounding communities of Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan.
About State Street Corporation
State Street Corporation (NYSE: STT) is one of the world's leading providers of financial services to institutional investors including investment servicing, investment management and investment research and trading. With US$21.8 trillion in assets under custody and administration and US$1.9 trillion1 in assets under management at December 31, 2011, State Street operates in 29 countries and more than 100 geographic markets. For more information, visit State Street’s web site at www.statestreet.com.
*This AUM includes the assets of the SPDR Gold Trust (approx. $63 billion as of December 31, 2011), for which State Street Global Markets, LLC, an affiliate of State Street Global Advisors serves as the marketing agent.
Boston Ballet gratefully acknowledges the following institutional partners:
State Street Corporation, 2011 Presenting Sponsor, The Nutcracker
The Boston Foundation
Massachusetts Cultural Council
National Endowment for the Arts