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Discovering La Mer

Boston Ballet and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have joined forces to collaborate on Nanine Linning’s upcoming world premiere, La Mer, a contemporary ballet that explores the nature of threats facing the ocean, as well as the potential in the ocean to create solutions to our most challenging environmental and societal problems.

As part of this initiative, Boston Ballet has produced a docuseries surrounding the making of this ballet with part one featuring WHOI to help bridge the scientific and creative processes. Through the creation of this ballet, choreographer Nanine Linning and Boston Ballet Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen explore and discover the important research being conducted by WHOI and how to translate that work to audiences via art.

Both organizations believe that the creative drive inherent in both the arts and sciences to learn more about the world around us can be the basis for positive change worldwide. The goal of the ballet is to inspire curiosity about our shared ocean planet and to raise hope for a sustainable future for all.

To attend the world premiere between April 6-16, get your tickets here >>

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