The Boston Ballet season comes to a close with four-bill program Thrill of Contact, featuring works that range from the classical to the satirical—George Balanchine’s Themes and Variations, Jeffrey Cirio’s fremd, William Forsythe’s The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, and Jerome Robbins’ The Concert. As always, the Boston Ballet company performs with tremendous precision and strength, holding up the material of the late 20th century programs with their skill especially.
Themes and Variations is a regal, gorgeous work, entrancing the audience as if they’re tipsy on champagne bubbles at this imperial ball. Ethereal mint julep tutus stand out against the blue backdrop and gauzy curtains. Misa Kuranaga’s brilliant smile and mesmerizing moves proves Themes to be a classical showcase for her as well as Jeffrey Cirio as they eventually meet for a heart achingly romantic pas de deux. Set to the opulent whirlwind of Tchaikovksy’s Orchestral Suite No. 3 in G major, the corp de ballet joins in full for intricate weaving and twisting processions.