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Renato Penteado talks ‘Dances at a Gathering’

At the beginning of our 2012-2013 season, we asked principal dancer Renato Penteado what ballet he was most looking forward to performing. Now, as we rapidly approach the end of the season, Renato will finally get to perform the ballet that he has been waiting all year to dance — Jerome Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering. Read on to find out why this ballet has kept Renato anxiously waiting!

Renato Penteado

Dances at a Gathering is a challenge for me personally because I am a high energy dancer. The movements in this ballet require a softness that is difficult to master. As dancers, when we perform for an audience we always want to do more and push ourselves to the full extent. Yet, Robbins would always say that less is more and this ballet, in particular, conveys that sense. There are so many details in Dances at a Gathering that require extra rehearsal time and hard work to accurately portray the choreography. I look forward to perfecting the ballet’s subtleties as one of my career accomplishments.

-Renato Penteado

Renato Penteado and guest artist Katia Carranza in Dances at a Gathering.

See Renato perform Dances at a Gathering LIVE as part of Program IV: Broadway and Ballet!

Broward Center: April 26-27
Adrienne Arsht Center: May 3-5

Photos: Headshot © Gio Alma. Performance shot © Alexandre Dufaur.

From Our Dancers to You on Opening Night!

We are thrilled for tonight’s opening of Program II: Tradition and Innovation.  We caught up with some of the dancers before the curtain so that they could share their excitement about the ballets they are performing with you!

Michael Breeden

Michael Breeden, Corps de Ballet, on George Balanchine’s Divertimento No. 15 — “Dancing to Mozart is what I love most about Divertimento No. 15. Balanchine rarely choreographed to Mozart, but the marriage of these two geniuses in the ballet provides a wonderful experience for audience and dancer alike.”

Tricia Albertson

Tricia Albertson, Principal, on George Balanchine’s Divertimento No. 15“I love dancing Divertimento No. 15 because there are so many opportunities to interact with my friends and colleagues.  I have at least one special moment with each principal!”

Patricia Delgado

Patricia Delgado, Principal, on George Balanchine’s Duo Concertant — “To be able to share the stage so intimately not only with my wonderful partner Renan, but with with our incredible Pianist and Violinist is what I look forward to most tonight.  It is a dream for me to be able to dance this ballet and I can’t wait!”

Renato Penteado

Renato Penteado, Principal, on Don Quixote Pas de Deux after Marius Petipa — “What I like most about dancing this ballet is that Don Q is a very strong male character with a lot of powerful moments like jumps and turns that are very exciting.”

Mary Carmen Catoya

Mary Carmen Catoya

Mary Carmen Catoya, Principal, on Don Quixote Pas de Deux after Marius Petipa “When I dance Don Quixote I feel like I’m connected to my spanish family — I can feel it in my blood.”

Jeanette Delgado

Jeanette Delgado, Principal, on Liam Scarlett’s Euphotic — “Dancing Euphotic feels like an intimate journey. The movement Liam has created along with the mesmerizing music has taken on a life of its own. I am so excited to share this special work with the audience!”

Sara Esty

Sara Esty, Soloist, on Liam Scarlett’s Euphotic — “I cannot believe opening night is here! I thought this day would never come and I can’t wait to show the world our hard work. Being apart of this ballet means the world to me and I’ve loved watching it grow into a masterpiece. Working with Liam has been a dream come true.  I hope everyone enjoys it as much as we enjoy dancing it!! I’m so excited!”

A view of Coppélia

MCB closes the 11-12 Season with the romantic comedy Coppélia this weekend at Kravis Center. Get a glimpse of the charm that has already captivated audiences in Miami and Fort Lauderdale — or if you’ve already seen it, reminisce about these delightful moments!

The cast seen in this slideshow features Jeanette Delgado as Swanilda and Renato Penteado as Franz. (Photos © Joe Gato)

Meet the Dancers – Renato Penteado

Tarantella. Choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust. Photo by Joe Gato.