Boston Ballet To Perform Kylián’s “Wings of Wax”

Posted March 22, 2017 by Paul Fey in Theater & Arts
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The world-famous Boston Ballet is set to showcase its next show, Jiří Kylián’s “Wings of Wax,” beginning March 23 and running through April 2.

Kylián’s “Wings of Wax” title is an allusion to the classical myth of Icarus and Daedalus. Concepts of imprisonment, the ecstasy of flying too close to the sun and its haunting result are only starting points for the Czech choreographer. An expert in experimentation and at home in the surreal, his “allegorical journey” is a composite of classical and contemporary ideas and movements, staged on a fantastical set featuring a dangling inverted tree and rotating light.

A journey itself, the ballet’s score travels from Johann Sebastian Bach and Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber to John Cage and Philip Glass. “He always uses music in a way that’s a surprise,” says Roslyn Anderson, a former dancer and long-time stager of Kylián’s work. “He combines different pieces of music, even different centuries, and somehow it works.”

Kylián’s choreography is characterized by a seamless, organic flow, demanding the most of its dancers to pull it off. Karen Campbell of the Boston Globe notes that its contemporary style requires, “a super-flexible torso as well as a willingness to sink significant weight into the floor, often off-balance, at high speeds and in constant motion.”

Like Icarus, the dancers are expected to meet the challenge with precarious glory. Kylián always tells dancers to “do more, take a risk, take it so far you are on the edge of falling off,” according to Jorma Elo, Boston Ballet’s resident choreographer and performer of 20 of Kylián’s ballets as a dancer with the Nederlands Dans Theater.

Kylián created 74 ballets as artistic director of the Nederland Dans Theater from 1978 to 1999 and its resident choreographer until 2009. Dance Magazine’s Laura Cappelle says his “blend of classical lines and contemporary fluidity remains a cornerstone of neoclassical ballet worldwide” (Broadway World).

“Kylián is one of the foremost contemporary choreographers, and I’m so happy he trusts us with his work,” says Mikko Nissinen, Boston Ballet artistic director. The Boston Ballet has previously staged Kylián’s “Sarabande,” “Falling Angels,” “Belle Figura” and as the first ballet besides the Nederlands Dans Theater, they performed the full-evening “Black and White.” This year’s performance of Kylián’s work is expected to be another milestone of their impressive and evolving relationship with the contemporary visionary.

Visit the Boston Ballet’s website to see the full schedule and purchase your tickets. Since 1963, the Boston Ballet has been a leading dance company in the world on the stage, studio and community, recognized for their wide repertoire of classical, neo-classical, and contemporary work.

First opened in 1928, the Boston Opera House is a beautiful and iconic theater located on Washington Street in historic downtown Boston.