For more than five decades, Boston Ballet’s internationally acclaimed performances of classical, neo-classical, and contemporary ballets, combined with a dedication to world-class dance education, and community initiative programs promoting excellence and access to dance, have entertained audiences and made the institution a leader in its field.
Under the leadership of artistic director Mikko Nissinen and executive director Max Hodges, the company presents a broad repertoire, including classical ballets, such as Marius Petipa’s The Sleeping Beauty, Rudolf Nureyev’s Don Quixote, Frederick Ashton’s Cinderella, George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mikko Nissinen’s Swan Lake, Florence Clerc’s La Bayadère, and John Cranko’s Romeo & Juliet; neo-classical ballets by George Balanchine; and contemporary ballets from choreographers including William Forsythe, Jiří Kylián, Wayne McGregor, Mark Morris, Christopher Wheeldon, and Boston Ballet resident choreographer Jorma Elo.
The Boston Ballet is composed of 66 dancers of 16 nationalities and is the major center for dance in New England. It performs its full season at the historic, 2,500-seat Boston Opera House and resides in a state-of-the-art facility in Boston’s South End. Boston Ballet has toured nationally and internationally, including to Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center in 2014, London in 2013, Helsinki in 2012, and Spain in 2010 and 2007.
In 2016 Boston Ballet announced a five-year partnership with internationally renowned choreographer William Forsythe and presented his full-length Artifact in February 2017. Recently, Boston Ballet presented the North American Premiere of Wayne McGregor’s Obsidian Tear, a co-production with The Royal Ballet.
Boston Ballet School provides training for the next generation of professional ballet dancers, and the highest quality dance education serving more than 5,000 students at locations in Boston, Newton, and the North Shore. The Department of Education and Community Initiatives reaches 4,000 individuals in Boston and the surrounding communities each year through programming, events, and activities.