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BOSTON, MA: City Ballet of Boston Presents “Ballet Banquet”

BOSTON, MA: City Ballet of Boston Presents “Ballet Banquet”


City Ballet of Boston


Strand Theatre
543 Columbia Rd
Boston, MA 02125


Friday, April 26, 2024 - 7:00pm
Saturday, April 27, 2024 - 3:00pm
Sunday, April 28, 2024 - 3:00pm



City Ballet of Boston

City Ballet of Boston (CBB) under the artistic direction of Tony Williams, presents “Ballet Banquet,” an unforgettable celebration of dance, including stage premieres by choreographers Gianni Di Marco and Morgan Brown Sanborn. With dancers from City Ballet of Boston and youth dancers from the Tony Williams Dance Center, these performances feature six distinct contemporary works at the historic Strand Theatre in Dorchester, April 26-28.

The performances open with “Ben's Trumpet,” a vibrant jazz-ballet piece based on the children’s story book, "Ben’s Trumpet," by Caldecott Honor Award-winning author and illustrator Rachel Isadora. Tony Williams and Rachel Isadora first met while they were both company members at the Boston Ballet, and have continued collaborating since, most notably on the setting of “Ben’s Trumpet.” The piece first premiered in 2009 at the Wheelock Family Theatre with sets by Charles Baldwin, who is re-designing his original sets with fabrication by Wooden Kiwi for this 2024 production, and costumes by Dustin Rennells.

“Sleeping Beauty: The Awakening,” is an abridged version of the classic ballet choreographed by Gianni Di Marco, followed by “Baba Ghanoush,” choreographed by Tony Williams. Following are two stage premieres, “The Gathering,” choreographed by Gianni Di Marco, and “Tableau,” a three-movement work choreographed by CBB company member Morgan Brown Sanborn. The program will also include “Slanting Sun,” choreographed by Marcus Schulkind.

Alongside the CBB company dancers and youth dancers, guest artists for “Ballet Banquet” include ChrissyAnn Carpenter, continuing CBB’s partnership with Brooklyn Ballet; Joe Gonzalez, Complexions Contemporary Ballet company member; and Haissan Booth, South Carolina Ballet company member.

The performances, at the Strand Theatre (543 Columbia Rd, Boston, MA 02125), take place on Friday, April 26 at 7pm; Saturday, April 27 at 3pm; and Sunday, April 28 at 3pm. Tickets start at $20 and are available at cityballetofboston.org.

This program is supported in part by grants from the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, Roger and Rachel Brunswick, and the Cinnamon Fund.

“Ben's Trumpet” – choreographed by Tony Williams; set design by Charles G. Baldwin
“Sleeping Beauty: The Awakening” –  choreographed by Gianni Di Marco
“Baba Ghanoush” – choreographed by Tony Williams
“The Gathering” – choreographed by Gianni Di Marco (stage premiere)
“Slanting Sun” – choreographed by Marcus Schulkind
“Tableau” – choreographed by CBB company member Morgan Brown Sanborn (stage premiere)

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