A performance on Nov. 1 and 2 in Boston Ballet’s Black Box Theatre marked the first part of ChoreograpHER Initiative with six women choreographers presenting the works they completed on their peers. The Harvard Crimson got the chance to interview the executive director of the Boston Ballet, Meredith (Max) Hodges ’03,about the inspiration and plans for this women-empowering initiative.
The audience members stood on their feet, exuberantly chanting the religious refrain “Rocka My Soul in the Bosom of Abraham” and dancing from side to side. On stage, members of the critically acclaimed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater company finished their final dance and waved goodbye with a smile.
As the weather turned from heavy rain to light flurries of snowflakes on March 2, the Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre dancers bourrée-d through a program that started with heavy “Affairs” before progressing into lighthearted “Released.
“There’s some thematic overlap between theories,” said Martinez on the ideas upon which the pieces were based. “Theories” made these overlaps apparent using unconventional methods. What resulted was an uncommon perspective crafted by student choreographers that demonstrated a living relationship between scientific concepts and artistic expression.