Boston Ballet Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen announced Wednesday that the company has signed a five-year partnership with renowned choreographer William Forsythe (inset). Boston Ballet will add one new work by Forsythe to its repertoire each year, Nissinen said, and also present reprised works from the company's current repertoire. Nissinen and Forsythe, who is currently the associate choreographer at the Paris Opera Ballet, will work together to select the programming, and Forsythe and his assistants will work directly with the company.
"I could not be more excited about this partnership. For me, and for Boston Ballet, it is a dream come true," Nissinen said in a statement. "Bill Forsythe is not only one of the greatest choreographers, he is a monumental modern artist. . . . Boston is one lucky city to have such extraordinary exposure to his incredible works. Fasten your seat belt, Boston." To kick off the partnership during the 2016–17 season, Boston Ballet will present Forsythe's "Artifact" at the Opera House. (Boston Ballet will be the first North American company to perform the full-length work.) "I am so delighted to have the opportunity to spend so much time with this wonderful, fresh ensemble," Forsythe said. "Mikko's support of the work means that the dancers and I can deepen our wonderful relationship and I will have a new home for new ideas."