Facing the physical limitations due to the coronavirus, Boston Ballet and myself have been collaborating online for the very first time. The medium “Zoom” and the IT support of Boston Ballet made it possible to create art in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and in Boston at the same time.
Inspired by the dancers and the meditative composition from Arvo Pärt “Fratres” the online sessions led to a work that invites to zoom in on intimacy, integrity, human emotions, and the great desire to stay connected.
Separated by an ocean yet being connected online with a view through a screen gave me the opportunity to be near the dancers and zoom in on every detail to translate it into movement that will invite the audience to zoom in as well.
Choreography & Film Direction: Ken Ossola
Boston Ballet under the artistic direction of Mikko Nissinen
Cast: Boston Ballet dancer
María Álvarez, Tyson Clark, Paul Craig, Chyrstyn Fentroy, John Lam, Nina Matiashvili, Tigran Mkrtchyan, Alex Roberts, Haley Schwan, Patrick Yocum
Produced by Scalped Productions
Director of Photography & Editor: Ernesto Galan
First Assistant Camera: Paul Speziale
Behind the Scenes Videography & Production Assistant: Brian Pitcher
Boston Ballet Creative Team
Costume Design: Ken Ossola in collaboration with Lisa Dezmelyk
Set Design: Benjamin J. Phillips
Lighting Design: Brandon Stirling Baker
Production Stage Manager: Craig Margolis
Production Assistant: Karen McConarty
Soundtrack: "Fratres" by Arvo Pärt*
Performed by Gidon Kremer, violin and Keith Jarrett, piano
*By arrangement with European American Music and Universal Music Group
Photo shot by Brooke Trisolini
Premier: May 13-23 2021, Boston Ballet's new virtual program Process & Progress