LOURDES LOPEZ / ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Helen Ruiz snaps shots on Instagram!

We are rapidly approaching our final performances of Program II: See the Music at the Kravis Center this weekend. Half-way through the season, we are in the middle of the artistic journey that Lourdes Lopez has planned.  We have celebrated a joyous opening with Program I: First Ventures and are now relishing in the music of four distinct ballets that breathe new meaning into Balanchine’s famous words — see the music, hear the dance! Corps de ballet dancer Helen Ruiz will be taking over our Instagram feed to give you a behind-the-scenes look at our dancers preparing in the studio for their performance and onstage at the Kravis Center. Make sure to follow Helen at #HelenMCBphotos to go behind the ballets and see the music on Instagram!

Helen Ruiz

Helen Ruiz

This season I had the opportunity to dance Polyphonia and Concerto Barocco, which were both very musical and challenging. The fun part about dancing Polyphonia was that I got the chance to work with Christopher Wheeldon! Dancing Concerto Barocco makes me realize how lucky I am to be working in a ballet company that performs several Balanchine ballets, giving the corps de ballet amazing opportunities. — Helen

Helen rehearsing with Christopher Wheeldon.

Helen rehearsing with Christopher Wheeldon.

It is the corps that is the star here and as always, Miami City Ballet’s troupe is not only technically precise and unrelievedly energetic but loaded with self-assurance and character.
ConcertoNet.com on Concerto Barocco. Read the full review here.

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A Chance to Shine

Not many apprentices get the opportunity to perform a leading role in their first year with a professional ballet company. However, during Program II: See the Music, one of MCB’s newest members had that chance! Leanna Rinaldi writes about her experience learning and performing Nacho Duato’s Jardí Tancat below.

Leanna Rinaldi

Leanna Rinaldi

Having the opportunity to perform Jardí Tancat, choreographed by Nacho Duato, is an absolute honor. As an apprentice, the first few days of rehearsals were a little intimidating, being around such amazing dancers. To be quite frank, learning and executing the choreography for Jardí Tancat was the most challenging thing I’ve ever done mentally, emotionally and physically. Luckily, we had répétituer Kevin Irving patiently teaching us and showing us how each meticulous movement should be executed. The steps in Jardí Tancat are unlike what we usually do at the ballet. In most ballets we almost always have to pull ourselves up and think of being weightless, while in Jardí Tancat we have to be grounded deep into the floor and be heavy with our movements. I’ve always loved this style of dance and I had a lot of modern training when I was younger, so it was refreshing to kick off those pointe shoes and have the opportunity to dance this wonderful piece. The first time I performed it onstage was very surreal. It felt like I had a deep relationship with each dancer onstage and could feel everyone’s energy and emotion. There are no wings, so there are no distractions coming from offstage. We just have each other and the music. We were so proud of what we had accomplished together. Dancing Jardí Tancat was so exhilarating that when it came time for bows, I asked myself, “What just happened?”  It was truly an amazing experience and I feel like it has pushed me as a dancer and helped with other areas of my dancing.  Jardí Tancat  is an experience that I will cherish for the rest of my career! – Leanna

Leanna rehearsing with Shimon Ito.

Leanna rehearsing with Shimon Ito. Photo by Daniel Azoulay.

Leanna and the cast of Jardi Tancat.

Leanna and the cast of Jardi Tancat.

There is still time catch Leanna perform in, what the Miami New Times called, “a gem, a major addition to the company repertory… beautiful” during Program II: See the Music at the Kravis Center. Get your tickets here!

 

INSIGHTS: Jardí Tancat

Kevin Irving — répétiteur and Artistic Director of Oregon Ballet Theatre — shares the meaning behind Nacho Duato’s profoundly Spanish work Jardí Tancat. This ballet is unlike anything you have ever seen Miami City Ballet perform! Catch it during Program II: See the Music — Jan. 24-26 (Broward Center, Ft. Lauderdale) or Jan. 31- Feb. 2 (Kravis Center, West Palm Beach).

Read the Miami New Time’s RAVE review of this work!

‘See the Music’ on Instagram

Our second program of the season is already here and we can’t wait to bring these amazing ballets to the stage! For the first time in company history, we will be performing a work by Nacho Duato with Jardí Tancat — which is unlike anything we have ever performed. We also can’t wait to bring Justin Peck’s Chutes and Ladders to the mainstage after its one-night-only world premiere at New World Symphony last April.  Luckily, principal dancer Renan Cerdeiro will be capturing all of the action on our Instagram feed. Follow him at #RenanMCBPhotos to See the Music! Find out what ballets Renan is most excited to perform below!

Renan Cerdeiro

Renan Cerdeiro

I’m really excited to perform Jardí Tancat and Chutes and Ladders because they are new ballets that I have never done and they are so different!

Renan with principal dancer Jeanette Delgado in Jardi Tancat.

Renan with principal dancer Jeanette Delgado in Jardi Tancat.

‘See the Music’ with Lourdes Lopez

Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez breaks down the ballets performed in our second repertory program of the season See the Music.

Make sure to catch this musically rich and visually stunning program at one of our three home venues:

Arsht Center, Miami: January 10-12
Broward Center, Ft. Lauderdale: January 24-26
Kravis Center, Palm Beach: January 31-February 2

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Mastering the Duato Style

Last week, répétiteur and Artistic Director of Oregon Ballet Theatre Kevin Irving visited our studios to teach our dancers Nacho Duato’s Jardí Tancat. This profoundly Spanish, soulful work challenged our dancers to move differently, breaking free from their typical ballet vocabulary. Dancer Chase Swatosh describes his experience learning Duato’s unique choreography below!

Chase Swatosh

Chase Swatosh

Rehearsing Jardí Tancat and trying to learn Nacho Duato’s distinctive movement vocabulary was an awesome experience. I feel like every time I learn a new dance style, a new technique, or a new physical activity I gain a deeper knowledge about my own physicality and the amazing multitude of ways in which our bodies can move. There were many challenges for me in learning this new style of movement that is so different from classical technique. The movement in Jardí Tancat is characterized by parallel positions, a low center of gravity, fluidity, and gestures of sowing seeds, harvesting, and yearning for raindrops (Jardí Tancat means “enclosed garden” in Catalan). The movement has a heaviness to it, requiring the dancers to stay low to the ground and use the momentum of their body weight and head to link steps together, instead of maintaining an upright center the whole time. This can be disorienting to the dancer in certain moments, but perfectly necessary in order to achieve the right movement quality that creates the atmosphere of Jardí Tancat. We were fortunate to have the ins and outs of this piece taught to us patiently and articulately by répétiteur Kevin Irving. He was a pleasure to work with and really gave us a sense of the spirit of Jardí Tancat and the purpose behind the movement. I can’t wait to perform this piece and share it with our audience as part of an incredible Program II. I hope that you will get as much out of it as I do!

Chase getting partnering tips from Kevin Irving

Chase getting partnering tips from Kevin Irving

Renan Cerdeiro and Jeanette Delgado in Jardi Tancat.

Renan Cerdeiro and Jeanette Delgado in Jardi Tancat.

Catch Chase and the rest of our dancers perform this work live during Program II: See the Music!

Arsht Center: January 10-12
Broward Center: January 24-26
Kravis Center: January 31-February 2

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What’s on INSTAGRAM this week?

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 StoryChita 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 Furlan

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.

Jeanette Delgado and Renan Cerdeiro in Jardi Tancat.

Sneak peek of the action on Instagram!

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!

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Photos:
Headshot © Daniel Azoulay.
Jardí Tancat © Gio Alma.