A Boston Ballet performance inspired by the Rolling Stones’ iconic hits

BOSTON – You don’t necessarily see moves like Jagger, but the legendary group’s former creative movement director is working with Boston Ballet to create DEVIL’S/eye, a thrilling piece inspired by the Rolling Stones, to open the season.

Dancers know that ballet is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the Stones and their music.

But this track takes classics like “Paint It Black” and “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” and gives them a ballet twist.

Choreographer Stephen Galloway told WBZ-TV that the Rolling Stones have a long-standing connection to Boston, with Mick Jagger even working with the dancers in the past.

“This is the first time in the galactic universe that the Rolling Stones have allowed their music to be choreographed,” Galloway said.

Soloist Chisako Oga said the whole creative process was collaborative and that made the dancers really invested in the piece.

It is also appreciated by the audience, who rejoice the moment they hear the first familiar notes.

“We really feel like rock stars when we hear the audience like that,” said principal dancer Paul Craig.

The company is excited about the opportunity to upend audiences’ expectations of what ballet can be.

“My Obsession” featuring Devil’s/EYE is at the Citizen’s Bank Opera House in Boston through October 16th.

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