Boston Ballet Announces Upcoming Season: New NUTCRACKER and More

Boston Ballet Announces Upcoming Season: New NUTCRACKER and MoreBoston Ballet Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen announced today the programming for the 2012-2013 season at The Boston Opera House. Boston Ballet’s 49th season includes the premiere of Boston Ballet’s new production of The Nutcracker, two of the world’s most beloved story ballets, The Sleeping Beauty and Coppélia, and three diverse repertory programs featuring works by Balanchine and Forsythe, as well as a world premiere by Jorma Elo and a full Kylían program with three company premieres.   

“The range of artistry, choreography, and experiences Boston Ballet will present in the 2012-2013 season is unprecedented,” said Nissinen. “The new, reimagined production of The Nutcracker is already underway with designer Robert Perdziola, and we are preparing a feast for the eyes and senses. Two of Boston’s favorite story ballets return to the stage, and an all-Kylían program will present three company premieres. Jorma Elo will work his magic again with a world premiere, leaving room for surprise and excitement. Boston is in for a great ride next season as the Company continues to present a diverse range of repertoire that excites, engages and challenges our audiences.”  

Boston Ballet’s 2012-2013 season begins Thursday, October 25 – November 4, with the Fall Program featuring a world premiere by Jorma Elo, a revival of Christopher Bruce’s Rooster set to the music of The Rolling Stones, and William Forsythe’s smash hit The Second Detail. The season continues November 23 – December 30 with the world premiere of Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker with all new sets and costumes by designer Robert Perdziola. All Kylían, featuring three works by the master choreographer, begins the 2013 performances March 7-17. The program will include Kylían’s Wings of Wax, Tar and Feathers, andSymphony of Psalms. The Sleeping Beauty follows, March 22 – April 7, returning to the stage after four years with the lavish sets and costumes and exquisite dancing for which the production is acclaimed. TheSpring Program, on stage May 2-12, includes Wayne McGregor’s Chroma book-ended by George Balanchine’s Serenade and Symphony in C. George Balanchine’s Coppélia, May 16-26, completes the season.   

Beyond its work on stage, Boston Ballet will continue its extensive work in the studios with Boston Ballet School, and the unparalleled Education and Community Initiatives, which include Citydance, Adaptive Dance, and Taking Steps. Through its world-class work on stage, and acclaimed education and outreach initiatives, Boston Ballet continues to reach thousands of lives each year and create access and engagement to the art form of dance.   

All performances are held at The Boston Opera House  

Fall Program

October 25 – November 4, 2012  


Choreography: Jorma Elo  


Music: The Rolling Stones

Choreography: Christopher Bruce  

The Second Detail

Music: Thom Willems

Choreography: William Forsythe   

The Fall Program begins with a world premiere by Jorma Elo, Boston Ballet’s Resident Choreographer. The work will feature electric organ and piano, music by Bach and will be a reflection on the phases of life. This will be Elo’s eighth world premiere for Boston Ballet. The program continues with a revival of Christopher Bruce’s Rooster set to the music of The Rolling Stones. The work, premiered in 1991 with  the Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève, made its Boston Ballet premiere in March 2012 to great audience and critical acclaim. Bruce is a British choreographer known for the unique settings and concepts of his pieces, often pulling inspiration from literature and more contemporary music. Rooster features eight well-known tunes from The Rolling Stone’s song book, including Paint it Black, Ruby Tuesday, Lady Jane and Not Fade Away. TheFall Program is completed with William Forsythe’s The Second Detail. Boston Ballet presented this work to rave reviews in 2011. DANCE Magazine wrote, “The Second Detail knocks it out of the park.” The action-packed, ensemble work is set to a driving score by Thom Willems.  

The Nutcracker – WORLD PREMIERE  

November 23 – December 30, 2012  

Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Choreography: Mikko Nissinen   

New England’s most popular winter classic, Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker, presented by State Street Corporation, returns to the stage completely reimagined with all new sets and costumes designed by award-winning designer Robert Perdziola. The new production will encompass the beauty and magic of the traditional Nutcracker story with revised scenes and choreography by Nissinen.  

“Our preparations for the new Nutcracker are already underway,” said Nissinen. “Robert and I are collaborating on a production which will truly capture the adventure and fantasy of The Nutcracker with a sophisticated and classic vision. We look forward to bringing our audiences on this journey of creation with us and are thrilled to begin sharing some of the sketches for the new production this month.”   

Perdziola has designed sets and costumes for the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, Opera Boston, Glimmerglass Opera, Manhattan School of Music, and the Juilliard School of Drama. His designs for ballet include sets and costumes for American Ballet Theatre’s Pillar of Fire and Le Spectre de la Rose, scenery designs for Miami City Ballet’sThe House of Bernarda Alba, and sets and costumes for San Francisco Ballet’s Reflections of Saint Joan.  

Perdziola is the recipient of a 2008 Helpmann Award nomination, three Helen Hayes Awards for costume design (The Country Wife, Don Carlos, and Lady Windermere’s Fan) and the Irene Sharaff Young Master Award.   

For the most up-to-date sketches, video and information on the 2012 The Nutcracker, visit    

All Kylían  

March 7 – 17, 2013  

Wings of Wax

Music: Johann Sebastian Bach, Phillip Glass

Choreography: Ji?í Kylián  

Tar and Feathers

Music: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Choreography: Ji?í Kylián  

Symphony of Psalms

Music: Igor Stravinsky

Choreography: Ji?í Kylián  

All Kylían begins the 2013 spring season performances. The program will include Ji?í Kylián’s Wings of Wax, Tar and Feathers, and Symphony of Psalms, ballets never before danced by a U.S. company. Wings of Wax, premiered in 1997 at the Lucent Dance Theatre is set to the music of J.S. Bach and Phillip Glass. The piece features a large-scale set design of a tree suspended upside down above the dancers on stage.Wings of Wax is a work for eight dancers costumed in black creating a visual effect of bodies disappearing and reappearing on the darkly-lit stage. The title of the piece references the Greek legend of Icarus. Kylían’sTar and Feathers continues the program. This 2006 work is set to music by Mozart and features a grand piano on stage, elevated on 10-foot-high tall, thin legs. The work features a layered soundscape, which includes the on-stage pianist’s improvisation and the recitation of Samuel Beckett’s poem, What is the word. Lighting and fragmented movement add to the surreal world created on stage. Symphony of Psalmscompletes the program. This work for 16 dancers is set to a choral symphony of Igor Stravinsky. Symphony of Psalms was created in 1978 and is considered an iconic Kylían work. The formations and patterns of the dancers, combined with the chanting music, evoke a spiritual feeling. Rich Persian tapestries, high-backed chairs, and powerful lighting set the scene for this ensemble work.   

These three works will be additions to Boston Ballet’s growing Kylían repertoire, which includes Bella Figura and the five-ballet Black and White program. Kylían was born in Prague, Czech Republic. He trained at the Prague Conservatory and the Royal Ballet School, London before beginning his choreographic career with Stuttgart Ballet. Kylían is currently artistic advisor of Nederlands Dans Theater.    

The Sleeping Beauty   

March 22 – April 7, 2013  

The Sleeping Beauty

Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Choreography: Marius Petipa

Additional Choreography: Sir Frederick Ashton