Dance and the visual arts have had close ties since the early 20th century, when the Ballets Russes of Serge Diaghilev brought then-contemporary artists like Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró into dialogue with choreographers, composers and set designers. Such innovation reignited the public’s interest in ballet and served as an important model for modern dance. Today, collaborations between dance and visual artists are experiencing a new resurgence, as dance finds a place amongst other art forms within the museum, and the work of visual artists continues to influence contemporary ballet choreography. Explore the relationship between the two with Boston Ballet and the MFA as we reflect on these intersections, our past collaborations, and future connections. 

Museum Council members and Boston Ballet Young Partners are invited to mix and mingle at Taste Cafe following the talk where wine, refreshments and light bites are available for purchase. 

Above: Sarah Crowner, Curtains (Vidas perfectas), 2011-, Fabric curtain activated by dance. Choreography by Yury Yanowsky. Performed by Boston Ballet Company II. Photo by Olga Khvan.