We are back in performance mode this week, as we prepare for our Season Opening at the Kravis Center this weekend! First Ventures has been the perfect way to start the new season. From George Balanchine’s Serenade — the first ballet he created in America — to Christopher Wheeldon’s “edgy and electrifying Polyphonia“, as described by the Miami Herald, and Balanchine’s joyful, virtuoso Ballo della Regina, each ballet inspires a sense of excitement and anticipation for the rest of the season. To create lasting memories and capture our final performances of Program I: First Ventures on Instagram is corps de ballet dancer Suzette Logue!
We asked Suzette what ballets she is most excited to perform this weekend. Here’s what she said!
‘Ballo Della Regina’ and ‘Serenade’ are two of my favorite ballets to perform. There is such great energy in Ballo and Serenade has a soft but commanding presence that captures you from the moment the curtain goes up!
Look for Suzette onstage this weekend!
Suzette and Adrianne Carter having a ‘merde’ moment before ‘Serenade’ backstage.
For a sneak peek at the ballets we are performing this weekend, check out the following blog posts!
Catch Program I: First Ventures at the Kravis Center this weekend, Friday, November 15 – Sunday, November 17! GET TICKETS NOW!
Headshot © Gio Alma.
Tonight, the worlds of Broadway and ballet literally collide during our first Open Barre of the 2013-2014 Season. The original Anita from the Broadway production of West Side Story, Chita Rivera joins us onstage to discuss working with Jerome Robbins, while the company gives a sneak peek of the “triple threat” premiere of West Side Story Suite. This will be the first time that our dancers test their signing talents in front of a live audience….and to capture it all on Instagram is dancer Jovani Furlan!
Jovani will not only be taking you behind-the-scenes of Open Barre this weekend, but will also be documenting the exciting work happening in our studios next week with Répétiteur and Artistic Director of Oregon Ballet Theatre Kevin Irving. Kevin is here to set Nacho Duato’s Jardí Tancat – the profoundly Spanish, lyrical work that allows our dancers to kickoff their pointe shoes and dance barefoot! As the former ballet master and head of the artistic department with Nacho Duato’s Compañia Nacional de Danza in Spain, Kevin has intimate knowledge of Duato’s choreography that he will instill in our dancers before we bring Jardí Tancat to the stage during Program II: See the Music.
Jeanette Delgado and Renan Cerdeiro in Jardi Tancat.
Sneak peek of the action on Instagram!
Make sure to follow Jovani on Instagram #JovaniMCBphotos to catch all of the exciting happenings here at the ballet!
Want more on Chita Rivera? Check out our Pinterest Board to see more legendary roles performed by one of Broadway’s leading ladies!
Headshot © Daniel Azoulay.
Jardí Tancat © Gio Alma.
Anyone who attended opening night at the Arsht Center last Friday can agree that the energy and excitement was at an all-time high for the opening of our 2013-2014 Season! We can’t wait to do it all again at the Broward Center for the opening of Program I: First Ventures on October 25-27. While the PAPARAZZI will be snapping shots of our glamorous audience members on the red carpet, dancer Leigh-Ann Esty will be behind-the-scenes capturing the backstage action on opening night and throughout the weekend on Instagram. Find out why she is excited for our opening program at the Broward Center and follow her at #LeighMCBphotos!
I’m excited for this weekends performance because there will be three different casts dancing! I can’t wait to see various people explore different roles!
GET YOUR TICKETS to Program I: First Ventures at the Broward Center to begin your journey with Miami City Ballet. If you can’t make it this weekend, join us at the Kravis Center from November 15-17 for our season opening there!
Check out some of the backstage shots caught by dancer Adrienne Carter on Instagram from our opening at the Arsht Center:
Pointe shoe prep before Balanchine’s ‘Ballo della Regina.’
Kleber Rebello and Sara Esty in Wheeldon’s ‘Polyphonia.’
Backstage shot of Balanchine’s ‘Serenade.’
The evening that we have been waiting for all summer long is finally only 4 DAYS AWAY! Our dancers have trained countless hours, renowned Répétiteurs have put the final touches on each ballet, our costume department has sewn every last sequin and bedazzled each delicate hairpiece, the musicians have fine-tuned their instruments and are getting ready for their rehearsal in the pit, and the production team has their lighting, sound and stage cues down to a science so that Miami City Ballet can bring YOU an evening of ballet that you will never forget. We can’t wait for you to begin your journey with us during Program I: First Ventures and hope that you will join us for all of the extraordinary ballets we have planned this season.
To make sure that you don’t miss a beat during our opening program of the 2013-2014 Season, dancer Adrienne Carter will be taking us behind-the-scenes on Instagram! Make sure to follow her at #AdrienneMCBPhotos. Hear about what ballet Adrienne is most excited to perform in Program I: First Ventures. GET YOUR SEAT NOW!
I’m really excited to perform Serenade! It’s such an iconic Balanchine ballet and has always been one of my favorites!
See Program I: First Ventures at any of our venues:
Adrienne Arsht Center: October 18-20
Broward Center: October 25-27
Kravis Center: November 15-17
Headshot – Photo © Gio Alma.
A very important guest is paying MCB a visit! He happens to be the artistic genius behind one of the ballets that is making its company premiere during Program I: First Ventures. You guessed it! The mastermind behind Polyphonia – Christopher Wheeldon!
Christopher Wheeldon via timeout.com
Polyphonia was Christopher Wheeldon’s first ballet that he choreographed after retiring from a successful dance career with New York City Ballet to become the company’s first-ever Artist in Residence. Keeping in line with our theme of “firsts” for First Ventures, Polyphonia was also Wheeldon’s first breakthrough work, propelling him into the choreographic spotlight. Wheeldon has now choreographed countless ballets for companies across the country and around the world, including The Royal Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, The Hamburg Ballet, New York City Ballet and several others. He also co-founded the New York-based dance company Morphoses with our very own Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez in 2007. Currently he is the Artistic Associate at The Royal Ballet. Critics have deemed Wheeldon as one of the principle, 21st century choreographers actively defining the future of ballet — and we CAN’T WAIT to see what that looks like!
While only time will tell what the future of ballet looks like, we are so fortunate to have Wheeldon here for two days to work with our dancers and witness this progression take place. Capturing it all on Instagram is Rebecca King!
We asked Rebecca to share her excitement about having Wheeldon in our studios to work on Polyphonia and here is what she had to say:
Having Christopher Wheeldon in studio with us this week is an absolute honor. We began rehearsing ‘Polyphonia’ in August and have been working on it regularly since. Now that we are so familiar with the steps and the music, it will be an amazing and special experience to have the ballet’s creator come in to coach us. We will be able to hear about the intentions of the steps and the purpose of the work as a whole, which will bring a very special perspective to Miami City Ballet’s interpretation of ‘Polyphonia.’ We can’t wait to see what is in store for us! Stay tuned for sneak peaks into the rehearsal process.
See Rebecca and the rest of the company perform this milestone work during Program I: First Ventures! Get your tickets now!
Adrienne Arsht Center: October 18-20
Broward Center: October 25-27
Kravis Center: November 15-17
Headshot © Rebecca King.
Returning from summer vacation and a fun trip home to Brazil, corps de ballet dancer Jovani Furlan is back on Instagram as this week’s guest photographer.
Our studios are exceptionally busy this week, with the arrival of two répétiteurs from the George Balanchine Trust — Patricia Neary and Peter Frame — who will be staging the company premiere of Episodes. Patricia Neary was hand-picked by Balanchine to join the New York City Ballet, where he later created two key roles on her — in Raymonda Variations and in Jewels. She will use her personal experience dancing several roles to stage Episodes and preserve every last detail of the choreography.
Peter Frame has an exceptionally close tie to Episodes as he was the first dancer to perform the Paul Taylor solo after Paul Taylor himself. In fact, Paul Taylor reconstructed the solo on Peter in 1986 when he was a dancer with NYCB. We are privileged and excited to have both Patricia and Peter with us at MCB to bring this boldly modern masterwork to life this season, as part of Program III: Triple Threat.
Pat Neary with Balanchine and sister Coleen (right).
Callie Manning and Neil Marshall in Balanchine's Episodes.
Learn more about the interesting history of Balanchine’s Episodes and how it came to be the ballet performed today.
Flexible subscription packages and single tickets to Episodes are on sale now as part of Program III: Triple Threat.
Headshot © Gio Alma.
Miami City Ballet dancers Callie Manning and Neil Marshall in Episodes. Choreography by George Balanchine, © The George Balanchine Trust. Photo © Gio Alma.
Its week two of this short, but sweet, 2-week rehearsal period and corps dancer Adrienne Carter is getting behind the lens of our Instagram feed! Follow her at #AdrienneMCBphotos for all of the West Side Story Suite action, including a dance off at the gym, some Mambo or Cha Cha, and maybe even a rumble! (Look out for a sneak peek of Balanchine’s Serenade and Concerto Barocco, and Ratmansky’s Symphonic Dances too!)
SUMMER DANCER UPDATE: Adrienne shared some fun memories of her 5-week summer vacation, spending time with the family in Georgia!
Here is a shot of Adrienne with her mom at a concert.
And here she is relaxing, just sitting by the campfire. Sounds like a fantastic trip!
Corps dancer Adrienne Carter takes over our Instagram feed during this performance packed week! Adrienne will capture the company bringing the best of Broadway and Ballet to audiences in Naples on Tuesday and Wednesday, and then in West Palm Beach over the weekend — for a total of SIX performances (let’s not even mention the rehearsals).
Don’t miss out on the action! Follow Adrienne #AdrienneMCBPhotos.
For the opening of Program IV: Broadway and Ballet, we caught up with Adrienne to find out what ballet she is most excited about performing this week. Here is what she said!
I’m really excited for Slaughter on Tenth Avenue because I have always loved jazzy type things and its also my first time performing after my injury!
See Adrienne onstage during our final program of the 2012-2013 season!
Principal Patricia Delgado enjoyed guesting on Instagram so much that she is back for her second time this season! Patricia will be snapping shots of the dancers rehearsing Jerome Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering and George Balanchine’s Slaughter on Tenth Avenue as we prepare for our final program of the season Broadway and Ballet. This weekend, Patricia will also be sharing all of the action at Open Barre: Behind the Curtain, held at our studio theater on Miami Beach. Follow #PatriciaMCBPhotos!
Patricia also told us why she can’t wait to get onstage to perform BOTH of the ballets featured in Program IV: Broadway and Ballet.
Dances at a Gathering and Slaughter on Tenth Avenue are such different ballets on so many levels — for the dancers and for the audience. Dances is very human and has an enormous amount of subtle details to pay attention to, which makes performing the ballet extra special. Slaughter is a big broadway number that calls for a lot of energy and fun! I love being able to channel such different parts of myself artistically and technically all in one evening!
Patricia Delgado in Jerome Robbins' Dances at a Gathering
Catch Patricia during Open Barre this weekend and Program IV: Broadway and Ballet (Kravis Center April 5-7, Broward Center Apr. 26-28, Adrienne Arsht Center May 3-5)
Headshot © Gio Alma
Stage shot © Alexandre Dufaur
Corps dancer Zoe Zien is taking her second run at photography as this week’s Instagram guest. Zoe will be capturing our final moments of Program III: The Masters during our closing run at the Adrienne Arsht Center this weekend. Although we will be bidding farewell to some truly momentous ballets, Zoe will help capture the memories to share with you on Instagram. Follow Zoe #ZoeMCBPhotos!
In addition to snapping shots this week, Zoe will be busy onstage performing George Balanchine’s La Valse and Alexei Ratmansky’s Symphonic Dances. We caught up with Zoe to get the dish on why she LOVES dancing both of these ballets:
La Valse has a great vintage and decadent style to it. I love when a Balanchine ballet has some what of a story because it is within the movement he has created that you find your character. There is no need to over interpret.
In Symphonic Dances I am continuously discovering new things on stage and it always feels very personal. I can change my intention each time while continuing to push the extended movement of Ratmansky’s work to the limits. It’s demanding in the best way!
Both ballets create different fantastical worlds to get lost in.
I love dancing them both!
See Zoe perform these ballet LIVE during Program III: The Masters this weekend, March 8-10, at the Adrienne Arsht Center.