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US ballet company founded in 1964 by E. Virginia Williams, a local teacher and choreographer. It grew out of the New England Civic Ballet, a non-professional troupe fed by Williams's students. They were noticed by Balanchine, who recommended the company for a Ford Foundation grant, to allow it to become professional. Balanchine served as artistic adviser in the early days, thus allowing Boston to acquire a large number of his ballets. Other US choreographers represented in its early repertoire included Lang, Holder, de Mille, and Cunningham and its world premieres included Sokolow's Time Plus Six (mus. Teo Macero, 1966), Taras's Dolly Suite (mus. Fauré, 1971), Falco's The Gamete Garden (mus. Michael Kamen, 1971), and de Mille's Summer (mus. Schubert, 1975). From 1980 to 1984 Violette Verdy was joint artistic director, and in 1980 it became the first US company to visit China. Under the direction of Bruce Marks (1985–97) the company's international profile expanded and it moved into a permanent base in Boston. As well as securing the company's repertory of 19th-century classics Marks also made a point of commissioning work from contemporary choreographers including Bill T. Jones, Ralph Lemon, Susan Marshall, Mark Morris, and Twyla Tharp. The company has its own school, and a second company, Boston Ballet II. Subsequent directors have been Anna-Marie Holmes (from 1997) and Mikko Nissinen (from 2001). Jorma Elo was appointed resident choreographer in 2005, and his new version of Rite of Spring headed the company's centenary celebrations of Diaghilev in 2009.

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