A Midsummer Night’s Dream Continues Through April 10

MCB’s landmark 30th Anniversary Season culminates with an unprecedented reimagining of George Balanchine’s magical full-evening ballet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Balanchine’s classic choreography is the vehicle for Shakespeare’s timeless tale of love, magic and illusion, with ravishing music by Felix Mendelssohn – featuring all-new sets and costumes by artist Michele Oka Doner, and dramatic direction by playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney.

With a fairytale cast that includes 24 children and six vocalists, magical new sets and costumes, and the breathtaking Miami City Ballet dancers accompanied by the Opus One Orchestra, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a dazzling spectacle for families and audiences of all ages.

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A Midsummer Letter from Lourdes Lopez

Dear Friends,

There has been a lot written about Miami City Ballet’s reimagining of George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and, from my perspective, perhaps too much. The simple truth is that I wanted to demonstrate the universality of Balanchine’s choreography (and Shakespeare’s sublime play) by revealing them in a new and richly suggestive setting.

Both the play and the ballet follow the romantic adventures and misadventures, quarrels and reconciliations, of two pairs of mortal lovers as well as of Oberon and Titania, the king and queen of the fairies. And so it is at heart a ballet about the transforming power of love.

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Miami City Ballet in The Big Apple

Last month, our dancers wrapped up another stop on our list of 2014-15 tours. Miami City Ballet opened New York City Center’s internationally acclaimed Fall for Dance festival performing George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante on September 30. The festival, now in its 12th year, featured twenty works over five programs, and ran through Oct. 11.
The New York Times called this year’s festival, “one of the most memorable in recent Fall for Dance history.” The article also praised Miami City Ballet, specifically mentioning standout performances by principals Patricia Delgado and Renan Cerdeiro.

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Miami City Ballet Dancers – Photos by Jordan Matter

Internationally acclaimed artist and photographer Jordan Matter’s latest collection of original photography features MCB Dancers on the sands, streets and skylines of Miami.

The exhibition will be open to the public during Art Basel, December 3-19, 2015 at the Miami City Ballet studios.

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MCB School Welcomes Ballet Bus Students

On Tuesday, Sept. 8, the very first day of Miami City Ballet School’s year-round program, two buses picked up 17 children from their elementary schools on the Biscayne corridor, North Miami Beach and Miami Beach to take them to their new after-school dance classes at MCB Studios. The children, ages 7-10, are part of Ballet Bus, a newly launched outreach initiative designed to provide children from Title I schools with a full scholarship for dance training.

Serving as a gateway into the arts, the nine-month, 34-week program offers students the training needed to excel at MCB School and the invaluable opportunity to engage with critically acclaimed teachers and artists. The scholarship covers tuition, dance attire, accessories and transportation.

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MCB Takes Chicago

Last month, MCB was excited to hit the road for the first of several national tour engagements taking place this season. The Company performed at three events during the 9th annual Chicago Dancing Festival, beginning with George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante on Aug. 27 at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance. The Company also performed Twyla Tharp’s Sweet Fields on August 29 at the Jay Pritzker Pavillion in Millennium Park.

The Chicago Tribune dubbed Miami City Ballet “the evening’s big discovery,” calling the performance, “Strong and elegant, it brought Twyla Tharp’s wonderfully atypical Sweet Fields back to our city.”

“I cannot think of a better way to celebrate our 30th Anniversary than by sharing these marvelous dancers with our audiences and lifelong fans across the nation,” said MCB Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez.

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