Last Thursday, I had the pleasure of being a guest of the Boston Ballet on opening night of their Fall Program at the Boston Opera House. After having the opportunity to interview corps de ballet member Emily Mistretta earlier in the month, I’d been so looking forward to the evening. My friend Elizabeth (I promise I know people with other names, too) and I arrived a little early to sip a glass of Champagne while taking in the scene at the Opera House.
We had fantastic seats just to the right of the stage, and took in the scene as we waited for the first ballet to start, kicking off the 2012-2013 season.
The evening’s first ballet was Christopher Bruce’s Rooster, set to music by The Rolling Stones. As a Stones fan, I was hooked at the first number. It was so much fun to watch. I immediately recognized Rachel Cossar. She is so incredibly graceful (and such a lovely person, in person!); I couldn’t take my eyes off her and the other dancers.
For the second ballet, we enjoyed Awake Only, a world premiere by the Boston Ballet’s resident choreographer, Jorma Elo. I loved seeing Emily Mistretta on stage; what a talent! I need to be sure to read more about the story behind the ballet, which I had a tiny bit of trouble following as my mind wandered to thoughts of how incredibly strong these dancers are (as showcased by those tiny costumes!), how many shoes they must go through, and what it must take to stay focused through three ballets.
The final ballet, The Second Detail, was choreographed by William Forsythe, with music by Thom Willems. The music had a very raw, industrial feel and the dancers danced with such attack, it was electrifying. It was the perfect way to end a wonderful evening in the city. I am already looking forward to my next trip at the Ballet.
Fall Program runs through November 4th, with tickets starting at $29. There is a special deal available today only, featuring $31 tickets to Fall Program for any seat (yep, even the really fancy ones). No tricks, just treats.
Also On Tap for Today:
- If this doesn’t make you want to vote, welp…. check yer pulse.
- CrossFit in a Halloween costume (should be interesting)
- Racing out to get treats for the trick-or-treaters (oops)