“Artifact 2017” preimeres at Boston Ballet Reply

By Krista DeJulio – Co-Editor-in-Chief

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A scene from the newly rechoreographed “Artifact 2017,” by William Forsythe. Photo courtesy of Boston Ballet 

With a quick name change and a rechoreographed ending, “Artifact 2017” kicked off its opening night on Thursday, February 23 at the Boston Opera House at 539 Washington Street, Boston and will run until Sunday, March 5 with a matinee showing of the performance. “Artifact 2017” is the first show of a five-year partnership with William Forsythe, one of the most innovative choreographers of today. Boston Ballet is the first North American company to perform “Artifact” in full.

According to the Boston Globe, the ballet was created in 1984 and reimagined what a classical ballet could be. The show is unique and features more than just ballet as an art form. Memorizing choreography, spoken word and a minimalistic set and costumes are the focal points of the show, leaving the show at two hours.

The show, well extremely innovate and extraordinary, is not for everyone. While “Artifact 2017” promises classical ballet, the rest of the show is not traditional. The spoken word aspects of what looks and feels like an evil Disney-like character brought laughter to the crowd, as did an old man with a megaphone, but left those coming for a traditional ballet at a loss. The costumes were simple variations and different colored leotards and stockings, but still beautifully worn when the ballerinas danced in unison.

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The ballet features a unique perspective to dance and performance. The show will be on stage until March 5 at the Boston Opera House. Photo courtesy of Boston Ballet 

Also according to the Boston Globe, “The heart of the ballet’s music is a score, partly improvised, by Eva Crossman-Hecht based on Ferruccio Busoni’s piano transcription of Bach’s monumental ‘Chaconne,’ as well as a sound collage by Forsythe himself.” The show’s ending was rechoreographed, something different than the original from 1984, thus being renamed to “Artifact 2017.”

The fast talking mother-daughter duo returns in the highly anticipated Netflix revival Reply

By Samantha Plumley – 1851 Staff

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The “Gilmore Girls” four-part revival was released on Netflix on November 25. The show brought back classic characters. Photo courtesy of Netflix

“Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” is the four 90-minute long episodes and a homecoming for fans and characters alike. After the disappointing ending of the original series almost a decade ago, the revival was the closure fans needed. More…

Holiday tradition dazzles audience once again Reply

By Samantha Plumley – 1851 Staff

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The Boston Ballet production of “The Nutcracker” was debuted on Friday, November 25 at the Boston Opera House. Photo courtesy of Boston Ballet

Mikko Nissinen’s choreography of Boston Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” has delighted audiences for the past four years and this year is no different. Parents with little girls in fancy dresses, friends on a night out, and those embracing the holiday spirit fill the seats of the Boston Opera House for the iconic holiday performance on opening night on Friday, November 25.   More…

“Le Corsaire” captures audience and stage in season opener 1

By Krista DeJulio – Co-Editor-in-Chief 

What’s better than a pirate romance made into a ballet? I can’t think of much anything better. Over the summer when Boston Ballet released its upcoming schedule of ballets, I knew I had to see this one. As a huge fan of Captain Jack Sparrow, Will Turner, Barbossa, this was my show.

Three years ago yesterday I saw my first ballet. For some reason, I love the ballet. I never took dance classes in my life, I never was a theater kid but I really just love the ballet. There’s a sense of “I don’t belong here but I’m here” and “I’m going to enjoy every second of being at the ballet.” A ballet doesn’t have words or dialogue but that’s made up for with the drama, love and passion with dance.

Last night I attended the 53rd season opener of Boston Ballet’s for “Le Corsaire” at the Boston Opera House, a story about a lovely maiden and a wealthy aristocrat who wants to add her to his harem, a part of the household reserved for wives, but a pirate wants to save her from the aristocrat. According to the Boston Globe, the story is based on a poem by Lord Byron of the same name and was created for the Bavarian State Ballet in 2007. This is the first time the ballet has been performed for Boston Ballet and was choreographed by Ivan Liška. An attempted version of the show was performed in 1997 under the name “The Pirate,” according to the Boston Globe.

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The Boston Opera House hosted the premiere of “Le Corsaire” on October 27. The show will run until November 6. Photo courtesy of Boston Ballet

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Chance the Rapper electrifies Bank Pavilion crowd Reply

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Chance the Rapper put on an unforgettable show in Boston on Thursday, September 29. Photo by Ryan Fitzgerald.

By Ryan Fitzgerald – Co-Editor-in-Chief

The second he stepped onstage of the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion amphitheater, Chance the Rapper had a stronghold on the sold out crowd eagerly waiting to hear the music sensation. Donning his signature ‘3’ baseball cap, the 23-year-old’s presence offers such a welcoming, vibrant, and positive energy that it can fill a venue as soon as he walks in. He certainly did just that on Thursday, September 29, when his Magnificent Coloring World Tour came to Boston.

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“Hail, Caesar!,” a Coen triumph Reply

By Tristan Davis – Features Editor

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It’s not often we are treated to a Coen brothers’ production, and the long-awaited premiere of “Hail, Caesar!” had great expectations. Coming off of the Academy Award-nominated drama “Inside Llewyn Davis,” in 2013, the Coens ventured further back in time to 1950s Hollywood, where a ma- jor actor has suddenly gone missing.

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The follow-up to “Yeezus” is worth the wait Reply

By Krista DeJulio & Ryan Fitzgerald – Co-Editors-in-Chief

It’s been almost three years since our lord and savior Kanye West released the darkest, craziest, most politically driven album of his career, “Yeezus.” It brought us “I Am A God” (in which he raps about croissants, the household staff, and his garage), “Bound 2” (an “1851 Chronicle” editorial staff favorite), and “Black Skin- head” (which was in an Animal Planet commercial). But what will this new album bring us?

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February’s best films to see Reply

By Tristan Davis, Megan Palumbo, Allie Talarico, & Casey DiBari – Features, Sports Editors, & 1851 Staff

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“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” opened February 5. Photo courtesy of IMDb

“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” – February 5

In this genre-bending reanimation of a classic Jane Austen novel written in 1813, “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” seamlessly combines the majesty of early 19th century English society with the blood-curdling action of horror and science fiction. Austen’s main characters, plot points, and love interests remain the same, despite the added nuisance of the undead. Lily James (“Cinderella”) plays protagonist Elizabeth Bennet, who wields daggers while wearing dresses, replaces garters with zombie guts, and leads her sisters through battle without once surrendering her grace and propriety. Based on the novel of the same name by Seth Grahame-Smith, the movie “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” is directed by Burr Steers. – A. Talarico

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