Liam Scarlett reflects on Euphotic

Following the world premiere of Euphotic, we caught up with “the man of the hour,” Liam Scarlett, to capture his thoughts on the debut of his newest work. Here are some of the proud choreographer’s words from his speech given during MCB’s Artist’s Circle Reception on the opening night of Euphotic.

We hope to see more collaborations with Liam in the future!

Jeanette Delgado dishes on Liam Scarlett!

When the young choreographer of London’s The Royal Ballet, Liam Scarlett, arrived at our Miami Beach studios to choreograph his first work for MCB last season, he was warmly welcomed by the smiling face of Principal Jeanette Delgado.  From day one, Jeanette and Liam hit it off as great friends; which, lucky for us and our audiences, transpired into an extraordinary artistic collaboration.  After watching Jeanette’s performance of Liam’s first work for MCB, Viscera, The New York Times named her “one of the world’s most marvelous ballerinas.” When we learned that Liam would be returning to MCB to create a second world premiere this year, we caught up with Jeanette to capture her excitement about once again working with the internationally acclaimed choreographer and close friend Liam Scarlett.

Jeanette Delgado and Kleber Rebello in Liam Scarlett's Euphotic

“Working with Liam on two ballets now has been en entirely different experience for the company and me. Having a ballet created on us is so essential to our artistic development and makes us feel a part of the choreographic process. Normally, learning a ballet involves working with a répétiteur or watching a video of past performances.  When working with a choreographer on an original work, you have no point of reference for how the movement should appear.  The choreographer has a vision, but they have never seen it on bodies. The process becomes more of a collaboration, which is very rewarding in the sense that you feel more like an artist, not just a dancer.  Liam made such a wonderful impression on all the dancers in and outside of the studios.  As a former dancer for The Royal Ballet, he relates to us so easily.  He is a beautiful human being and his talent is immense!  Euphotic is an entirely different ballet than Viscera.  Most of us were already familiar with Liam’s movement and fluid port de bras so he could use the company on a greater scale and go even further with his ideas!  It is so exciting to be an inspiration for new works that dance companies may be performing for years to come.”

Jeanette Delgado in Liam Scarlett's Viscera

There is still time to catch Jeanette’s performance in Liam’s newest work Euphotic, this weekend at the Kravis Center as part of Program II: Tradition and Innovation.

Photos: Euphotic © Daniel Azoulay. Viscera © Kyle Froman.

From Paper and Pencil to Costume

When Liam Scarlett — the young, acclaimed choreographer from London’s The Royal Ballet — brought our Costume Designer and Wardrobe Director Haydée Morales his costume design sketches for his new work Euphotic, she knew that she was up to the challenge!

Liam Scarlett's costume design sketch

The first step in bringing Scarlett’s vision to life was helping him determine the full color palette and types of fabrics that were aesthetically appealing, yet allowed the dancers to move freely.  Scarlett wanted the costume hues to include dark blue for the corps dancers, radiant yellow for the principals, and a combination of yellow and blue for the soloists to tie the piece together.  He also wanted the costumes to depict the ombré effect, which shows the consistent gradient of a color from its lightest shade to its darkest.

Fabric and color palette

Determining the color gradient

To determine the exact tones of the ombré, Costume Artist Maria Morales tested how various colors of dye displayed against the three types of fabric used in Scarlett’s piece.  For two weeks, Maria consistently performed dye work for all of the fabric used in the ballet’s costumes.  Using three pots full of different colors of dye and hot boiling water, she created beautiful ombrés for each woman’s skirt, man’s unitard, and a small detailed section on each woman’s bodice — dyeing a total of 62 pieces of fabric!

Maria dyeing fabric

While Maria was busy with dye work, the rest of the team worked on sewing the costumes.  The first step in the costume construction process was creating muslins, which are the inner piece of the bodice used for the first costume fitting, so that any necessary alterations will not affect the final fabric used on the exterior of the costume.  The seamstresses also built the mens unitards, which were sewn in two parts — the top half and the bottom half — and then dyed as separate parts to achieve a contrast of dark and light tones near the torso of the costume.

Mens unitards

Principal ladies bodice

After assembling the costumes, a second round of fittings and a dress rehearsal with the dancers rehearsing the ballet in full costume helped Haydeé determine if the costumes fit and moved properly.  A final round of fittings then took place to take care of the subtle details such as, adjusting shoulder straps or the length of the skirt.  Once Haydeé and her team completed these finishing components the costumes were ready for the stage!

See what the final costume looks like in motion during the world premiere of Euphotic during Program II: Tradition and Innovation

Sneak Peek at Liam Scarlett’s Newest Work!

Liam Scarlett of London’s The Royal Ballet gives us the inside scoop on Euphotic — his second world premiere for Miami City Ballet to debut on January 11 at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami, FL, as part of Program II: Tradition and Innovation.

Sara Esty is back on Instagram!

Soloist Sara Esty returns from the holidays to take over our Instagram feed this week!  As one of the leading ladies in Liam Scarlett’s new work Euphotic, Sara will catch Liam making his final preparations on the ballet when he returns to Miami tomorrow before his big world premiere on January 11 at the Arsht Center.

© Gio Alma

Can anyone remember Sara’s fun fact?  She is a social media guru and Instagram pro! Follow her on Twitter @estygrl!

Here is a shot of Sara rehearsing with Liam Scarlett!

© Daniel Azoulay