During his tenure, the Finnish-born Elo will create three new ballets for the company, in addition to staging other works and working with the junior company and the company's school. His new Carmen will premiere in May 2006, and his Plan to Be will be revived in March 2006.
The 2005-06 company includes a number of promotions. Romi Beppu and Karine Seneca, both of them soloists with the company, are now principal dancers; Misa Kuranaga, Kathleen Breen Combes, and Joel Prouty have been promoted to second soloist. The corps de ballet now includes Heather Waymack and Elizabeth Wisenberg from Boston Ballet II, as well as six dancers from other companies.
"Romi and Karine have firmly established their versatility and artistry," Nissinen said, "and I am delighted to promote both of them to principal dancer."
Boston Ballet was founded in 1963 by E. Virginia Williams, and was the first professional company in New England.