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La Mer

by Nanine Linning

“At the heart of La Mer is the theme of the current state of the oceans. I wanted to create scenes that address sirens as a metaphor for our behavior

of greed, deep sea mining, dead zones, and oil spills, as well as pristine oceans and extraordinary natural forces. I see the comparison of the ocean with the body, as my own

body, and its fragile inner ecosystem. My goal with this ballet was to create a new world where video, set, and light fully merge with dance and music."
–Nanine Linning

CONCEPT, CREATION,
CHOREOGRAPHY
Nanine Linning

MUSIC
La Mer and Nocturnes: III. Sirènes
by Claude Debussy

SOUND COMPOSITIONS
Yannis Kyriakides

CHOIR
Lorelei Ensemble

DRAMATURGY
Peggy Olislaegers

COSTUME DESIGN
Yuima Nakazato

VIDEO SCENOGRAPHY
Heleen Blanken

LIGHTING DESIGN
Brandon Stirling Baker

STAGE DESIGN Benjamin Phillips

 

Nanine Linning’s world premiere La Mer has been made possible by generous gifts from a Commissioners Circle, including Lisa and Tom Blumenthal, the Stephanie L. Brown Foundation, Lori M. Heinel, and Brynja Vifilsdottir and Hannes Smarason.

Additional support has been granted by the Dutch Culture USA program of the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in New York

Boston Ballet and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) collaborated on the world premiere
of 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. Both organizations believe that the creative driveinherent in both the arts and sciences to learn more about the world around us can be the basis for positive change worldwide.

Watch the docuseries

La Mer Docuseries Produced by
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Ernesto Galan at Scalped Productions
EDITORS
Daniel Latimer at Bearwalk Cinema
Brian Tortora at Bearwalk Cinema
Daniela Goncalves at Bearwalk Cinema
CREATIVE PRODUCERS
Deborah Moe at Boston Ballet
Kristin Carr at Boston Ballet
ADDITIONAL CINEMATOGRAPHY
Daniela Goncalves at Bearwalk Cinema
Premices Films
PRODUCTION ASSISTANT
Rachel Ketterer at Boston Ballet