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THE SECOND DETAIL
Yumiko Takeshima and Issey Miyake
World Premiere: February 10, 1991, Toronto, Canada, National Ballet of Canada
Boston Ballet Premiere: April 28, 2011, Boston, MA
William Forsythe is recognized as one of the world’s foremost contemporary choreographers. His work is acknowledged for re-orienting the practice of ballet from its indemnification with classical repertoire to a dynamic 21st century art form.
The Second Detail premiered in 1991. An electrifying combination of classicism and physicality for an ensemble, this work is a potent piece of kinetic energy that never fails to overpower the theatre. The choreography exudes crisp movement and a playful spirit in an unstoppable display of masterful precision. In what has become a signature work for Boston Ballet, the ensemble piece displays the wonderful juxtaposition of individual skill and group chemistry within a dance company. Set to a riveting score by Thom Willems, “Every stabbing shard or splintering clamor of Willem’s music is matched by the dancers’ jagged, spearing steps, high kicks and slides…”, wrote The Sunday Times of Boston Ballet’s 2013 London performance.
Freda Locker and Alex Foaksman
World Premiere: February 20, 2014, Boston, MA, Boston Ballet
Boston Ballet is the first American company to commission a piece from José Martinez and is pleased to premiere this new work in Boston and New York in 2014.
At the invitation of Artistic Director Rudolf Nureyev, José Martinez joined the Paris Opera Ballet in 1988 and was named an Étoile in 1997. One of the finest dancers in in the world, Martinez is renowned for his classical and contemporary brilliance. Along with performing all major classical ballets, Martinez has worked with the world’s most famous contemporary choreographers, including Pina Bausch, William Forsythe, Maurice Béjart, Roland Petit, John Neumeier, Mats Ek, and Jirí Kylián.
Martinez made his debut as a choreographer in 2002 with Mi Favorita, and in 2009 he received the Prix Benois de la Danse for his full length work, Les Enfants du Paradis which premiered at the Opéra National de Paris in 2008. In December 2010, Martinez was appointed director Compania Nacional de Danza in Spain.
World Premiere: February 25, 2010, The Hague, Netherlands, Nederlands Dans Theater 2
Boston Ballet Premiere: May 8, 2014, Boston, MA
* Music of the firstpart of Cacti is collectively put together, improvised and composed by Tinta Schmidt von Altenstadt, David Marks, Saskia Viersen, Artur Trajko and Jan Pieter Koch/musical coordinator
A ballet that breaks boundaries, Cacti is at once cerebral, humorous and invigorating. Alexander Ekman challenges contemporary perceptions of dance in his unique use of objects sounds, movement, and even the musicians themselves. In 2012 Cacti was nominated for “Best New Modern Choreography” by the UK Dance Critics Foundation. Boston Ballet is the first to perform this work in North America.
Alexander Ekman danced with Royal Swedish Ballet, Culberg Ballet and Nederlands Dans Theater 2 before devoting himself entirely to his choreographic work. Ekman is in high demand internationally for his inspiring, honest, and clear voice in modern choreography. His work has been performed by the Culberg Ballet, Dresden Ballet, Ballets de Monte Carlo, Nederlands Dans Theater, Spanish National Ballet and the Sydney Dance Company.