“Marc Jacobs International is known for its commitment to charity in the communities in which it operates…” From an interview I did last Spring with Marc Jacobs International President & Cofounder Robert Duffy. Yeah, I just quoted myself. Isn’t that cool? NAWT…
What is cool, however, is that Marc Jacobs has started a special promotion to support one of Boston’s greatest cultural institutions, the Boston Ballet. In all seriousness, two programs from last year’s season at the Boston Ballet had me in tears, and, as you’ve probably surmised from reading my misanthropic tomes, I don’t much fancy crying. The dancers and the repertoire are really just that good. James Whiteside + Lia Cirio = OTHERWORDLY AND BREATHTAKING AND OMGWHATAMIWATCHINGTHISCAN’TBEREAL AND WAAAATAMICRYINGDAMNYOUDAMNYOUDAMNYOU. And of course we all already know that Marc is dope.
Want to do your part? Marc Jacobs is making it easy-peasy for you. Through December 31st, all you have to do is:
1) Go see the Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker because a) it’s incredible and b) this is the last year the ballet will perform the now decade-running production. It will be revamped next year.
2) Keep your ticket stubs.
3) Take said ticket stubs to Marc Jacobs at 81 Newbury Street, Boston, MA.
4) Be super proud of yourself because…
Marc Jacobs is donating a crisp dollar bill to the Boston Ballet for every ticket stub submitted. Basically, you enrich yourself by seeing the Ballet (Hi, you’re a cultural noob, get on it) and then, without doing anything except exercising your way to MJ, you support the Ballet alongside, you know, Marc Jacobs and his crew of übercool, acid-washed-denim-wearing, tattoo-having, always-smiling-because-they’re-cooler-than-you-but-still-somehow-unnervingly-nice cats. (I realize saying übercool cats = me not being cool at all. TOTALLY AWARE KTHX.)
If that weren’t enough, a submitted ticket stub means you’ll also be entered into a raffle that could result in you being $350 of Marc Jacobs richer. Which is like $1278931287312381237123 richer in regular dollars. OBVIOUSLY.
You read that right. So…. go do it. And STAT.
Full disclosure: the Boston Ballet’s Bella Figura had me spellbound long before I passed through the doors of the Opera House. The Italian idiom, the stunning promotional images, the roster of some of ballet’s most arresting–and provocative–choreographers. I could hardly claim objectivity. Instead, I attended anticipating a contemporary work of the earth-shattering variety, a giddy, hyper-stimulated fanboy.
Bella Figura was just that, and then some. Throughout the program of shorter works, the Boston Ballet’s dancers demonstrated the requisite command of craft and versatility–shifting effortlessly from near-rigid, stilted sequences to broad swaths of supple movement–that makes this company one of the most respected in the country. But where they exceeded expectation was the conviction, the electric emotional energy, with which these dancers took to the stage, and to the works, diverse as they were.
The image above is an excellent example: the pair having each just shed their clothes (and with it their proverbial skins), this dénouement of sorts was frenetic but achingly vulnerable, an ephemeral moment as beautifully felt as it was beautifully danced. The only word for its lingering effect is haunting.
Extraordinary as that moment was, the honor of the ‘highlight’ is owed to the touching pas de deux, Tsukiyo, in the second act of the program. Set in a haze of lazy clouds, it was the clear crowd favorite. In no small way due to the sheer commitment of Lia Cirio’s dancing…
Cirio is one of the most engaging dancers I have ever witnessed. The depth she imbues in her movements is the variety of emotional resonance that goes beyond beauty of form, or, even, bella figura. She has both a fury and a fragility in her frame, and the stage never feels more alive than when she is on it.
I, you, the entire city of Boston, would do well to witness it more often.
You can purchase your tickets here: Bella Figura
In no uncertain terms, this is one of the most exquisitely beautiful music videos I have seen in ages. I forced anyone who would listen to watch it with me this weekend, and all but spammed it on more of my facebook friends’ walls than I think would be prudent to admit. I liked it that much.
It’s Monday, yet again, and despite this perfectly awful weather, there’s much to look forward to this week: from the new Chihuly exhibit at the MFA, to the opening of the Boston Ballet’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, to market reviews, and, last but not least, interviews with a few of my fashion folk – hopefully enough to keep you entertained as you’re steadfastly avoiding work, while at work.
And don’t forget Max Brenner‘s fresh take on chocolate has come to Boston. Intrigued? You should be.
Much love -
[Photo: Matthew Murphy]
Having just seen the extraordinary Elo Experience, I rushed over to the Boston Ballet headquarters to sit down with James Whiteside, a principal dancer, for a candid interview on chili-cheese fries, JBDUBS, and his favorite body part(s).
Nick Wooster, inimitable Men’s Fashion Director for both Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman, is coming to Boston this Thursday (details to follow tomorrow) for a presentation at Neiman Marcus Copley. I’m happy to say I have the opportunity to interview the gentleman before the presentation for a segment for StyleBoston. Could not be more excited.
The past week was a maelstrom, to say the least. In the midst of all this work (thrilling as it may be), I often forget to take the time to enjoy the community in which I work. To that end, last Thursday Brigid and I clawed our way out of the office and made it a point to attend Louis‘ (swoooooooooon) blogger fête, and then dashed off to the Ballet for the opening of Elo Experience.
Such an evening reminds me that there is a wealth of incredible, committed talent in this city: from Debi Greenberg and the always-endearing Maria Fei of Louis, who not only, obviously, know what they’re doing but also, of greater importance, are both passionate and precise in their vision, to the spellbinding chemistry of Boston Ballet’s most recent work. There is so much to be enjoyed here.
So get out and enjoy it.
And though you certainly didn’t need another reason to tune in, we’re also giving away a pair of tickets to the performance on Thursday, March 31st, at 7PM. Your opportunity, below:
TUNE-IN-TO-WIN QUESTION: What inspired the creation of the gold-painted tutus referenced by Charles?
Kim Walleston, our Fashion Forward host, gives you a sneakpeak at what you can expect:
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