LOURDES LOPEZ / ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Behind-the-scenes of opening weekend with Rebecca King

Post by Rebecca King

Miami City Ballet Dancers are back in the studios after an exciting opening weekend at Adrienne Arsht Center in downtown Miami. I think I speak for everyone when I say that it was a wonderfully successful weekend!

On Friday night (opening night), there were obvious nerves onstage before the curtain went up at 8:00 p.m. Everyone was waiting impatiently while welcoming speeches were made. I was standing in the wings on stage right with the rest of the Company to cheer on our friends and colleagues as they performed. Personally, I just love the moment when the curtain comes down on a ballet and everyone in the wings explodes with applause and screams “bravo!” The whole evening was filled with smiles, roses, and energy both onstage and offstage, which was simply contagious.

The next couple of days, we returned to the theater to receive a congratulatory speech from our Artistic Director, Edward Villella and a wonderful review in The Miami Herald.

I brought the Flip camera with me to the theater this past weekend to document backstage moments as we prepare for opening night. There is so much that happens behind the scenes, and I hope this will give you a little insight into what our performances look like from our point of view.

Behind the Ballets – Program I video trailers are now online

Ever wonder the meaning behind a ballet…even the plot-less ones?  Edward Villella discusses the Program I works, to be performed in October at Adrienne Arsht Center and in November at Broward Center and Kravis Center.  Get a sneak peak of Program I before you come to the theater.

Company B trailer: http://www.miamicityballet.org/companyb.php

Allegro Brillante trailer: http://www.miamicityballet.org/allegro.php

Tschaikovsky pas de Deux trailer: http://www.miamicityballet.org/pasdedeux.php

Symphony in Three Movements trailer: http://www.miamicityballet.org/threemovements.php

To shoot the trailers, the guys from Wreckingball Media set up shop right here in Studio 8.  Here are some photos.

For a more extensive discussion, Edward or a member of our Artistic staff, conducts pre-performance talks before each show.  It’s free to the ticketed audience!

Video trailers for Programs II, III, IV and The Nutcracker are coming soon.