I recently had the opportunity to be a guest of Boston Ballet for their latest ballet, Edge Of Vision. All opinions are my own. All images in this blog post were taken by my friend Kerry of Kerry Goodwin Photography and are copyright to her. Thank you Kerry, for generously sharing them with me!
I’ll be the first one to admit it- I’ve always had a preconceived idea of what going to the ballet would be like. I imagined ornate sets and ballerinas in costumes with beaded bodices and full tutus.
I attended Boston Ballet’s newest ballet, Edge Of Vision, and has flipped everything I thought going to the ballet was going to be and turned me for a complete loop.
Sure, there was plenty of ornate. The Boston Opera House is quite possibly the most beautiful building inn the entire world.
And the actual ballet? Ornate and beautiful in an understated kind of way.
The first act Eventide, choreographed by Hellen Picketts, left me breathless. The set design featured a simple back drop and the movement by the dancers were classically modern.
If I had to use just a few words to describe this ballet, I’d tell you that it was wild and free.
I loved the work of the principle dancers, but also really loved the way the corps was used.
Bach Cello Suites, the second act in Edge Of Vision left me completely undone in all of the best kinds of ways. A week later, I’m still thinking about it.
It featured a live performance on stage by cello soloist. One of the most fun parts about attending the ballet is listening to the music. But then to see it live instead of in the pit? Breathtaking.
What really blew my mind about Bach Cello Suites was the inclusion of choreographer Jorma Elo on stage.
It was as though we were taken behind the scenes as he appeared on stage dancing the other dancers.
Bach Cello Suites was a world premier for Boston Ballet. If you have a chance to see it, you need to go!
The third and final act of Edge Of Vision overwhelmed me. As an Irish girl who loves all things Celtic, Boston Ballet’s Celts was my favorite act of the three.
What I loved about Celts is that it is very clear that Celtic dance inspired choreographer Lila York, but the ballerinas are still dancing ballet. She drew inspiration from a lot of different sources.
York used selections drawn from a variety of authentic sources, including Bill Whelan, Massachusetts resident Mason Daring, the quintessential Irish band The Chieftains with traditional music arranged by Paddy Moloney, and Celtic Thunder. (Source: Boston Ballet)
If you have a chance to attend a performance of Boston Ballet’s Edge of Vision, I highly recommend it. I loved it so much that if we didn’t already have weekend plans, I’d buy a ticket just so I could see it again!
Speaking of which, you can grab your tickets here.