Two enduring Boston icons—The Langham, Boston and Boston Ballet—come together in perfect harmony this winter in a spectacular celebration of their mutual love of the arts and the city.
This unique collaboration has the internationally-renowned dance company debut an exclusive new piece of choreography at The Langham, Boston, in an artistic reinterpretation of “A New American Classic”, captured in a spellbinding short film.
“As a brand, The Langham is known for its commitment to craftsmanship and arts. Here in Boston, we pride ourselves on being deeply entwined with the arts community,” said Michele Grosso, managing director of The Langham, Boston. “To us, there is no better partner to help us re-introduce The Langham to the Boston community than Boston Ballet, an organization renowned for their commitment to the city as well as their unrivalled grace, elegance and creativity.”
The film, “A New American Classic”, features members of Boston Ballet, including soloist Chyrstyn Fentroy, dancing to an ensemble created especially for the film by choreographer Paulo Arrais, who is also a principal dancer in the company. Directed by Emmy-award winner cinematographer Larkin Donley and Alex Delgado, who created The Langham’s last brand campaign, it includes scenes shot throughout the hotel, depicting a perfect day spent celebrating at The Langham. Highlights include dance sequences shot in front of The Langham’s distinctive awning; in The Fed; in GRANA, The Langham’s signature restaurant; and the Wyeth Room, one of the hotel’s most historic spaces and the setting for the ultimate party, attended by Fentroy and the rest of the dancers in the film. The other cast members along with Chrystyn Fentroy are Seo Hye Han, Patrick Yocum, Tigran Mkrtchyan, Paul Craig, Ao Wang, Irlan Silva, Louise Hautefeuille, and Chisako Oga.
“Collaborating on a project with The Langham was such a special journey,” said Arrais. “It was remarkable to merge our worlds and learn from one another. As I was brainstorming and creating the movement for this project, I was always thinking of the connection between the reopening of The Langham, Boston and Boston Ballet’s new virtual presence and return to the stage. This renaissance after the struggle is our ‘New American Classic.”
“The Langham is strongly committed to the arts, craftsmanship, local culture, and through this beautiful journey and successful collaboration we have had with Boston Ballet, the brand is looking forward to similar partnerships in other Langham destinations,” added Grosso.
This partnership also celebrates the reopening of The Langham, Boston, which began welcoming guests in June following an extensive two-year, multi-million dollar renovation.
The Langham, Boston is housed in a historic landmark building that was originally opened in 1922 as the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, making it the ideal film set. The renovated New England inspired interiors, created by Richmond International, feature a luxurious new lobby, decorated in jewel tones, with a cosy fireplace, ample seating, and a high-design concierge area and check-in desk; and completely redesigned guest rooms and suites with brand new marble-clad bathrooms. Reinforcing The Langham’s love for the arts, the hotel boasts a carefully curated art collection comprising more than 60 specially commissioned pieces, as well as subtle nods to the building’s grand banking history.
Boston Ballet Inspired Experiences at The Langham, Boston
The Langham, Boston has specially curated a series of experiences inspired by the Boston Ballet and the film. The first package, Celebrating The Arts, will be available throughout the rest of 2021 and into 2022, during Boston Ballet’s season of performances, and will include accommodations at The Langham, Boston, as well as exclusive VIP access to 10% savings on tickets to Boston Ballet performances at Citizens Bank Opera House. Guests who book Celebrating the Arts will also receive a ballet-themed culinary amenity from The Langham’s talented culinary team.
Just in time for Christmas, The Langham will also introduce A Night at the Nutcracker. This over-the-top experience celebrates Boston’s most beloved tradition – Boston Ballet’s iconic rendition of The Nutcracker. Guests who book A Night at The Nutcracker will enjoy an overnight stay in The Langham’s top suite, the luxurious Chairman’s Suite, located on the hotel’s 8th floor, which will be transformed into a Sugar Plum Fairy’s dream for the occasion. The package also includes a festive meal for up to four guests, specially prepared by executive chef Stephen Bukoff and served in the dining room of the Chairman’s Suite, along with four VIP tickets to the Citizens Bank Opera House to watch Boston Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker, which will include access to the theatre’s VIP lounge. A Night at The Nutcracker starts at $18,000 USD for a two-night stay and is available during the performance run starting on November 26, 2021, through December 26, 2021.
Starting with The Nutcracker, and continuing for the duration of the partnership between The Langham, Boston and Boston Ballet, the talented cocktail team at The Fed will feature a ballet-themed cocktail and mocktail on the menu with 10% of the cost of each drink benefiting Boston Ballet. Not only is The Fed The Langham’s luxe cocktail pub, but it was also one of the settings for the exciting video created by The Langham and Boston Ballet.
Boston Ballet Presents The Nutcracker
Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker, featuring sets and costumes by award-winning designer Robert Perdziola, marks Boston Ballet’s return to in-person performances for the first time since March 2020. The Nutcracker, set to Tchaikovsky’s renowned score, opens November 26 with performances through December 26 at the Citizens Bank Opera House.