It's very important to keep commissioning choreographers and new work because one might not just open a window – but a gate like Balanchine did.
By Heidi Legg
Anais Chalendard is Prima Ballerina at the Boston Ballet. Anais came to Boston a year ago from the English National Ballet in London and has performed as the lead ballerina in Giselle, Swan Lake, Anna Karenina, and her beloved Romeo and Juliet in Germany, France, Russia, the UK and across the globe. She has been listed in the "100 Best Dancers in the World” by Dance Europe Magazine.
In 2012, Chalendard appeared at the Nureyev Festival in Russia as Giselle with Principal Jozef Varga from Het National Ballet, and as Odette/Odile in Derek Dean's Swan Lake with English National Ballet. In June 2013, she was invited to dance Erik Brühn's La Sylphide with Friedemann Vogel, principal with the Stuttgart Ballet, and Rolando Sarabia, international guest artist, at the Teatro dell Opera di Roma.
The Boston Ballet opens again May 14th to May 24th with Thrill of Contact where Anais will perform featuring works by Balanchine, Robbins, Forsythe, and a world premiere by Principal Dancer, Jeffrey Cirio who Anais speaks about in her video interview as a choreographer of great talent.