Two Boston Ballet dancers promoted to rank of principal
When you go to a Boston Ballet performance, can you spot the stars of tomorrow? Well, if you see the contemporary “Mirrors” program on Friday night, you’ll glimpse two dancers who are about to be promoted to the highest level of the company.
Anaïs Chalendard, a deeply expressive performer who is scheduled to step into the spotlight in Norbert Vesak’s duet “Belong,” and Seo Hye Han, who has been hailed for her remarkable combination of precision and poetry and is set to take the lead role in Karole Armitage’s “Bitches Brew,” have both been promoted from soloist to principal dancer, starting Aug. 15.
Han, who grew up in South Korea, joined Boston Ballet in 2012 and recently embraced the demanding dual lead role of Odette and Odile in Boston Ballet’s beloved “Swan Lake.” Meanwhile Chalendard, a Frenchwoman who joined Boston Ballet in 2013, took on the dramatic role of Tatiana in “Onegin” earlier this year — a part she viewed as “like the cherry on top of the cake.”
Mikko Nissinen, Boston Ballet’s artistic director, announced four other dancer promotions for the 2016-17 season: Second soloist Junxiong Zhao will rise to soloist; Corina Gill, now a member of the corps de ballet, will become a second soloist; and Samivel Evans and Desean Taber, now both in Boston Ballet II, the second company, will become corps dancers in Boston Ballet.