Interrupting the radio silence here to show you what I saw yesterday:
That, my dears, is some of the fine men of Boston Ballet performing a brief excerpt of John Neumeier’s “Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler” on the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston… conveniently located just off my commute home!
The point of this… I’m not entirely sure. I think they were trying to promote art on the Greenway, for one. The Greenway, for those non-Bostonians among you, is a fairly new super-wide median/park near the waterfront/Financial District. For many decades this was the location of an elevated highway that was jammed with traffic from day one and was hella ugly, to boot. Soon after they built it they realized it was a Dumb Decision and thought maybe they could bury the highway underground, which after few decades and a few billion dollars of overruns, they did manage to do. There was much rejoicing. After they took down the old highway infrastructure they turned the former location into green space and, voila, here we are. It’s very beautiful and near lots of touristy things, so if you’re in town, do check it out, especially if you remember the old behemoth that used to live there!
They’ve installed various pieces of art on the Greenway, pretty much all of which is of a fairly temporary nature. They even have murals painted on some of the air shaft buildings that vent the new underground highway that get painted over and redone every year or so. Currently there’s a big piece of artwork hanging over part of the Greenway that I can’t even begin to describe other than… it looks like enormous pieces of mosquito netting suspended from the sky. It’s lit up at night and is kind of cool to look at, but is only here for a few more weeks (I doubt it would sustain our notorious winters anyway). So I guess they thought it would be cool do to some human sculptures beneath it.
And also… Boston Ballet is opening the 2015-16 season in a couple short weeks with “Third Symphony…” so good opportunity for them to build some buzz.
It was a perfect day for it, sunny and 70 (they were originally supposed to do this last week, when it was raining and 55 degrees out, so thank goodness for rain dates!). But… kind of a weird event overall. Not particularly well advertised… I only found out about it from some random snooping on the Boston Ballet website when I was looking for info on this ballet. And they only showed a very brief excerpt of the piece (though they did it about 4 or 5 times). I felt like it was mostly a photo shoot that they tried to turn into a performance and the whole thing kind of fell flat as an “event.” While I was watching the dancers standing around I felt like even they were kind of thinking, “WTF are we doing?!” But whatevs, a free opportunity for me to see some of the dancers dance up close, so that’s cool! You can’t go wrong with nice buns in white tights, amiright?!
For some more (professional) pictures, check out Boston.com’s slideshow here.