LOURDES LOPEZ / ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

The Man Behind ‘Polyphonia’

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

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 VenturesPolyphonia 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!

Rebecca King

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.

Capturing Balanchine’s ‘Episodes’ on Instagram

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.

Jovani Furlan

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.

Photo credits:
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.

Adrienne Carter takes over Instagram!

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!)

Adrienne Carter

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!

Adrienne Carter is back on Instagram!

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.

Adrienne Carter

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!

Patricia Delgado is back on Instagram!

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 Delgado

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

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

Zoe Zien is Back on Instagram!

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!

Zoe Zien

Zoe Zien

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!

-Zoe

See Zoe perform these ballet LIVE during Program III: The Masters this weekend, March 8-10, at the Adrienne Arsht Center.

Leigh-Ann Esty

Corps dancer Leigh-Ann Esty is back on Instagram! Last August, she became the first guest photographer for our inaugural Instagram series.  This week, Leigh-Ann will take us behind-the-scenes when the company performs its second program in Naples! #LeighMCBPhotos

Leigh-Ann Esty

Leigh-Ann Esty

Fun Fact about Leigh: She and her sister Sara are the official spokesmodels for Suffolk Pointe’s new leotard line!  Look out for more to come!

Photo © Gio Alma.

Lexie Overholt gets behinds the lens!

This week, corps dancer Lexie Overhold gets behind the lens of our Instagram feed, snapping shots of the company preparing for another round of Nutcracker performances at the Arsht Center. While Lexie will be capturing the Nutcracker magic during the weekend, she will also be documenting all of the action occurring at our studios in Miami Beach.  The company is working hard in rehearsals for Program II: Tradition and Innovation, which opens at the Arsht Center in the New Year!  Look out for some fabulous photos of dancers in Liam Scarlett’s new world premiere, Balanchine’s Duo Concertant and Divertimento No. 15, and the popular Don Quixote Pas de Deux!

© Gio Alma

Fun fact about Lexie: She has her own non-profit organization!  It is a scholarship and community outreach based organization for dancers by dancers, and is in the process of receiving its 501(c)(3) status. Stay tuned!