This spring, Menlowe Ballet presents TRIPTYCH featuring Kimono Wednesdays and Playing Love, both choreographed by the company’s founder, Michael Lowe, and The Lady with the Lamp, a collaboration between Lowe and choreographer Sarah-Jane Measor honoring the life and work of Florence Nightingale.
Kimono Wednesdays is a ballet inspired by Claude Monet’s painting La Japonaise. Intrigued by the painting and the conversations it elicited, Lowe has crafted a “night-at-the-museum” fantasy where works of art spring to life. Central among those works is La Japonaise, Monet’s portrait of his wife Camille donning a red kimono. The ballet’s title comes for a marketing strategy employed by the Boston Museum of Fine Arts to promote its exhibit, the museum hosted events inviting patrons to take photos next to the painting while wearing a kimono and then share the images via social media. The campaign resulted in controversy when protesters claimed cultural appropriation. The Lady with the Lamp, a triumph of Menlowe’s 2018 spring season, is a collaboration between Lowe and Measor. The ballet is a stunning and poignant tribute to the groundbreaking contributions of Florence Nightingale, a visionary who set the standard for modern medical care and revolutionized the nursing profession. Lowe’s Playing Love is a dreamscape comprised of neoclassical duets that illuminate various forms of love. Originally created in 2015, Lowe has refreshed this alluring work with new sections and enhanced choreography.
Performances take place Friday, May 3, at 8pm; Saturday, May 4, at 2pm/8pm; and Sunday, May 5, at 2pm. Tickets range from $29 – $55 and are available at www.menloweballet.org or by calling 800.595.4849. Group discounts available.