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Boston Ballet Announces All Kylián To Open Spring 2013 Season

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Boston Ballet Announces All Kylián To Open Spring 2013 Season

On March 7, 2013, Boston Ballet will premiere three powerful works by world-renowned contemporary choreographer, Ji?í Kylián. The program, titled All Kylián, will feature Wings of Wax, Tar and Feathers, and Symphony of Psalms. Boston Ballet is the first American company to present these ballets. Performances run from March 7 - 17, 2013 at The Boston Opera House.

"Ji?í Kylián is truly a living legend," said Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen. "His groundbreaking work has repeatedly stretched and revolutionized contemporary dance. This program illustrates why."

All Kylián opens with Wings of Wax which Nederlands Dans Theater premiered in 1997. This piece takes the audience on a perplexing yet entrancing journey. Wings of Wax features an enormous, bare tree suspended over the stage. Eight dancers in black continue to appear and disappear on a dramatically lit stage, creating an esoteric atmosphere throughout the ballet. The hauntingly beautiful score is a combination of selections by musical giants Philip Glass, Heinrich von Biber, John Cage, and Johann Sebastian Bach.

The program continues with Tar and Feathers, an avant-garde and thought provoking experience set to W.A. Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 9. The grand refrains of Mozart's concerto are layered with the music of Japanese pianist Tomoko Mukaiyama, the only pianist in the world to accompany this work. Mukaiyama improvises her compositions on stage, playing from a grand piano elevated on 10 foot stilts. Above the complex aural textures, the voice of Ji?í Kylián himself is heard sporadically throughout the piece reciting Samuel Beckett's poem, What is the Word. The choreography exhibits sharp movements by the dancers that lead to breathtaking moments on stage.

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