Theater & art

Boston Ballet to conclude 50th anniversary at Lincoln Center

Boston Ballet celebrated its 50th anniversary this season.
Essdras M Suarez/Globe staff/file 2013
Boston Ballet celebrated its 50th anniversary this season.

Boston Ballet will climax its 50th-anniversary season with its first-ever performances at New York’s Lincoln Center, artistic director Mikko Nissinen announced Thursday.

Two programs will be offered in six performances over five days, June 25-29, at the David H. Koch Theater. Program 1 will comprise William Forsythe’s “The Second Detail,” a new work (still untitled) by former Paris Opera Ballet étoile José Carlos Martínez, and Alexander Ekman’s “Cacti.” Program 2 will include George Balanchine’s “Symphony in Three Movements,” Vaslav Nijinsky’s “Afternoon of a Faun,” Jorma Elo’s “Plan to B,” and Jirí Kylián’s “Bella Figura.”

It’s a contemporary group of works; only the Nijinsky and the Balanchine are more than 25 years old. “The Second Detail,” “Symphony in Three Movements,” “Afternoon of a Faun,” “Plan to B,” and “Bella Figura” were part of the London tour with which Boston Ballet opened its 50th-anniversary season, in June 2013, and all of them have been presented in Boston.


“Symphony in Three Movements” will be particularly familiar to New York audiences; the company’s performances will invite direct comparison with those of Balanchine’s own New York City Ballet. But the piece by Martínez, who is currently artistic director of Spain’s Compañía Nacional de Danza, hasn’t been seen in New York City; it’s receiving its world premiere on the “Close to Chuck” program that Boston Ballet will open on Feb. 20. Also new to New York will be Swedish choreographer Ekman’s “Cacti,” which will make its American debut on Boston Ballet’s “Pricked” bill, which starts May 8.

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“This is one of the biggest historic things Boston Ballet has ever done,” Nissinen said of the tour. But he’s confident the company will be received as enthusiastically in New York as it was in London. And he’s not worried about taking Balanchine to New York. “I’m very proud with the way we do ‘Symphony in Three Movements,’ and I’m very happy to take it to Balanchine’s home.”

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