by Chyrstyn Fentroy
Choreography Chyrstyn Fentroy
Videography and Photography
DAWN ATKINS, DANIEL COOPER,
PATRIC PALKENS, ADDIE TAPP,
“The process of creating Preface was truly unique and representative of the times we are living in today. I was able to choreograph on a pod of dancers almost entirely through Zoom, some days from home and some days from separate studios. I’d love for this work to remind the viewers of the vibrance and beauty of the city we share, while simultaneously giving them a feeling of life and a sense of gratitude for the fact that the sun always rises.”
The Liberty Hotel is also where Boston Ballet celebrated
the unveiling of its new brand and move to the Citizens
Bank Opera House in 2009 with a celebratory performance by BB dancers, merging streetwear and ballet, plus a fashion show done all on pointe. The Liberty Hotel has been a partner and supporter of Boston Ballet through the years and again provided a home and “stage” for this film in 2021.
Chyrstyn Fentroy has choreographed for BB@home: ChoreograpHER in 2019 and in 2020, and for Boston Ballet’s first digital season in BB@yourhome: The Gift. She was featured on the January 2015 cover of Dance Magazine as one of the “25 to Watch,” and she received the Princess Grace Honoraria Award in dance in 2016. In 2018, she was recognized as one of WBUR’s “Artery 25”, which recognizes influential artists of color in the Boston area. Fentroy joined Boston Ballet as an artist of the Company in 2017. She was promoted to second soloist in 2018 and to soloist in 2019.
Japurá River by Philip Glass
Agape by Nicholas Britell
Costume Design Chyrstyn Fentroy
in collaboration with
Boston Ballet Costume Shop
Lighting Design Brandon Stirling Baker
This performance of Preface is generously supported by Alison and Chris Viehbacher.
Filmed on location at The Liberty Hotel