Boston Ballet’s ‘Chroma’ proves the best of the season thus far

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Boston Ballet Director Mikko Nissinen put together a perfect trio of ballets, making “Chroma” (which closed last night) the best program of the season. It’s modern, classic and mesmerizing — with works from two groundbreaking choreographers.

Serenade
All eyes on the ladies as they take to the stage in this George Balanchine masterpiece. Originally created as a technique lesson, “Serenade,” set to Tchaikovsky is comprised of four movements with the corps de ballet in pale blue leotards with long tulle skirts. Ashley Ellis has the breakout performance — literally letting her hair down as she graces the stage with pose and perfection.

Chroma
The headliner is cutting edge innovation — both in its choreography and music. Premiering in London in 2006, Royal Ballet resident choreographer Wayne McGregor stages five couples in flesh tone leotards in a giant white shadow box and expands the pit with percussionists housed in the Opera House balconies. It’s nonstop elastic energy is paired with music by Joby Talbot and Jack White (yes, that Jack White, of The White Stripes). “Chroma” is like a live version of a James Bond opening credit.

Symphony in C
The final piece, also by Balanchine, is purely exceptional, traditional ballet. Dressed in tutus and tiaras — the four movements are led by Misa Kuranaga, Lia Cirio, Kathleen Breen Combes (super great with partner Jerffrey Cirio!) and Whitney Jensen. By the end, 50+ dancers are in perfect sync and organized patterns leaving the audience wanting more from all three performances.

Here’s hoping that the company’s season-closing production, “Coppelia,” proves as enthralling. For more information visit bostonballet.org

 


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