It’s been a couple of weeks since our dancers wrapped up rehearsals with choreographer Justin Peck. Since then, they’ve all been enjoying some additional time off this summer, getting plenty of much-needed rest and relaxation. But as we’ve learned quite well, it’s rarely all play and no work for our dancers. In fact, we recently caught up with principal dancers Tricia Albertson and Renan Cerdeiro, who, earlier this month, performed at the Florence Dance Festival at the National Museum of Bargello in Italy–the same museum that houses Donatello’s famous Statue of David.
The show, titled Stars of American Ballet, featured Tricia and Renan, along with principal couples from New York City Ballet and Boston Ballet.
National Museum of Bargello in Italy. Photo courtesy of Tricia Albertson & Renan Cerdeiro.
Principal dancers Tricia Albertson and Renan Cerdeiro.
“It was set up in an outside courtyard with sculptures surrounding–so beautiful,” Tricia told us. “Renan and I performed excerpts from Apollo, Chutes and Ladders, and Who Cares?.” After the performance, the two took some time to take in the sights of Italy, along with fellow MCB dancer Jovani Furlan. Check out these gorgeous photos.
Tricia, Jovani and Renan enjoy a gondola ride.
Tricia, Renan and Jovani pose for a photo.
Thank you to Tricia, Renan and Jovani for sharing your experience with us!
Our dancers have returned to the studios after their 5-week break to start learning a brand new ballet by choreographer Justin Peck. This is Justin’s second ballet for MCB, which will premiere during our final program of the 2014-2015 Season in March. His new work calls for a large cast of dancers and scenery by the popular street artist Shepard Fairey – best known for his work on the Obama Hope posterand also for his large murals adorning local streets and establishments such as the Wynwood Walls andWynwood Kitchen & Bar. To capture the creation process behind his new work on our Instagram feed is corps de ballet dancer Emily Bromberg! Follow her at #EmilyMCBphotos to get an intimate look at Justin making choreographic magic!
Since the end of our 2013-2014 Season I have kept myself busy by guest performing in Rhode Island, Virginia and New York. With all of these great guest performing opportunities the last two months, I am ready to start our 2014-2015 Season!
Miami City Ballet dancer Emily Bromberg as ‘Tinker Bell’ in Festival Ballet Providence’s production of Jorden Morris’s ‘Peter Pan.’ Photo by A. Cemal Ekin/keptlight.com.
I will be taking over Miami City Ballet’s Instagram feed to share some sneak peaks of Justin Peck’s new ballet, set specifically on MCB dancers! I knew I liked Justin’s work when I first saw ‘Chutes and Ladders,’ but I knew I loved his work when I attended our ‘Open Barre’ performances this Spring. His calm demeanor and insistence on portraying a specific idea using not only the bodies of his dancers, but also the psychological and emotional tools we all carry, inspired me a great deal! I look forward to the next few weeks to watching him create a new piece that I’m sure will be a must see for all of our audiences! – Emily
We have heard from corps de ballet dancer, Michael Breeden, about the ballets that he is looking forward to performing most next season. Now, principal dancer Jeanette Delgado weighs in!
Next season is going to be thrilling! There are some oldies (but goodies) as well as some brand new works! I am looking forward to a lot of the ballets like Richard Alston’s ‘Carmen’ and Justin Peck’s new work, as well as ‘Raymonda Variations and ‘Allegro Brillante’, which are both beautiful Balanchine ballets the company has not performed in a while.
Jeanette Delgado in ‘Carmen.’ Photo by Alberto Oviedo.
‘Raymonda Variations’ was a ballet that I performed when I was pretty young in the school. I found it to be so challenging and I remember feeling extremely nervous. The ballerina has two variations and two pas de deux and it is very challenging technically. I am looking forward to reuniting with this ballet now that I have a few more years under my belt and seeing what I can learn from it and bring to the role!
Completely opposite from that ballet is the thrilling challenge of a work that is being created on us! Two seasons ago, I was so fortunate to be able to work with Justin [Peck] on his ballet, ‘Chutes and Ladders‘. Even though that process was very quick, I learned so much from him and was stretched artistically by his creativity. Since then, I have been hoping to work with him again! This time around, it will be a larger ballet, so I’m very excited that more of the company will be able to experience this process! I was able to watch Chutes this season from the audience and was moved every time in a new way. I think his creative voice is remarkably new and so relative and tangible to our generation and time!
I hope you are all looking forward to next season! We promise to work as hard as ever on these ballets so that we can continue to share this great art form with you! — Jeanette
26-year old Justin Peck is the artist behind our most recent commission Chutes and Ladders. Find out how this California kid is climbing the ranks at New York City Ballet and into the spotlight, as one of today’s up-and-coming choreographers. Catch his work performed live during Program II: See the Music.