by Alana Ferrari

Spring Alive with Ballet at the Boston Opera House

It’s like getting two beautiful experiences for the price of one. Catching the Boston Ballet perform at the Boston Opera House this spring gives you the pleasure of seeing art within art – a world class ballet within the walls of one of Boston’s gems – the magnificently appointed and restored Opera House.

Realizing both the ballet and the Opera House tend to denote a certain type of crowd, we urge you to think again and experience one of Boston’s best. Here are a couple of know-before-you-go Q&A’s to convince you!

Q: I know nothing about Ballet! What is offered for winter and spring performances?
A: Four programs that’ll knocks your tights off that’s what!
1. Lady of the Camellias runs February 26-March 8, 2015. Based on Alexander Dumas’ 19th-century French novel – follows a tragic affair!
2. Shades of Sound runs March 19-29, 2015. Three breath-taking works featuring exhilarating choreography to bold music.
3. Edge of Vision runs April 30-May 10, 2015. Featuring works made in Boston for Boston Ballet.
4. Thrill of Contact runs May 14-24, 2015. A striking program of precision and impressive athleticism.

Q: What do I wear?
A: Most patrons wear “business attire” but don’t let this keep you away. Truly appropriate dress is at the discretion of the patron [but please don’t make yourselves look bad here – wear something your mom would approve of if unsure!]

Q: Are the Saturday night shows ‘less than’ due to earlier matinee performance performed the same day?
A: No matter what show I am seeing, I always think about it this way-this professional company is trained to dance two performances in one day. That being said, casts change depending on the performance, and rarely does the same cast perform in both. In other words, you’ll get fresh legs no matter which show you choose to see.

Q: What is the difference between a full-length story ballet and a mixed repertory ballet program?
A: Had to get a little help on this one. A story ballet ‘usually follows a narrative storyline, and tells a tale from beginning to end in a number of acts.’ Examples of ballets such as this are Swan Lake and The Nutcracker. A mixed repertory program of ballets ‘often consists of three or four shorter ballets in one performance.’ They may have a set storyline, or a more modern, less literal style; they may be the works of a particular choreographer, or a sampling of a few.

For more information
Boston Ballet Box Office: 617.695.6955
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