There was something for everyone, plus a flowery surprise, at Miami City Ballet’s 30th season opening performance Friday night. From the classic romanticism of George Balanchine’s condensed version of Swan Lake, to the contemporary geometric fireworks of Viscera, to the wonderfully witty theater of Fancy Free, the program at the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Ziff Ballet Opera House offered a satisfyingly rich array of dance entertainment.
Set on the sands of Miami Beach’s scenic shoreline, Miami City Ballet will present its landmark 30th Anniversary Gala on Saturday, January 23, 2016 celebrating three decades of artistic leadership and community impact, and featuring elements of the company’s highly anticipated, all-new production of George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
by Olga Connor
Con una nota muy positiva Lourdes López declara su alegría al ser la directora de una compañía que más que perdurar ha sido extremadamente exitosa, y es ahora en su trigésimo aniversario, una de las 10 mejores de Estados Unidos, el Miami City Ballet.
Miami City Ballet has endured hurricanes and precarious finances. It has basked in triumphs at home and in New York and Paris. And in a city often known for discarding its past, it has not only lasted 30 years, but triumphed.
By Christina Veiga
Twice a week, 7-year-old Camila Rodriguez goes to school with her hair in a neat bun wrapped in pink flowers.
She has to be ready as soon as the school bell rings to hop on the Ballet Bus.
Realizing tuition isn’t the only barrier keeping deserving kids from learning to dance, Miami City Ballet is bridging access to its elite programs by providing not only scholarships, but a free ride.
“That’s the thing: to be able to get out of work, pick her up from school, bring her here, wait — this is like a blessing,” said Camila’s mother, Patricia Rodriguez.
Luring new dance audiences, through cheap tickets and crowd-pleasing variety, has been a goal of Fall for Dance since its inception in 2004. The 12th edition of the festival opened on Wednesday at City Center, and the program, one of the most memorable in recent Fall for Dance history, must have produced at least a few converts. “Did you fall for dance?” asks a discount voucher in the program, urging ticket buyers, a little desperately, to come back for more.
If you can relax into that evangelical atmosphere, and the crowds, Fall for Dance is potentially a lot of fun, even for the already dance-obsessed.
MIAMI CITY BALLET’S 30th ANNIVERSARY SEASON OPENS WITH RED CARPET CELEBRATION, PERFORMANCES OF GEORGE BALANCHINE’S SWAN LAKE, JEROME ROBBINS’ FANCY FREE AND LIAM SCARLETT’S VISCERA
October 23-25, 2015 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami,
November 7-8, 2015 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Ft. Lauderdale,
and November 13-15 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – (September 24, 2015) – Miami City Ballet will kick off its landmark 30th Anniversary Season with a red-carpet opening night celebration at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami, on October 23, 2015 at 6:30pm.
Ticket holders are invited to join the company 90 minutes prior to curtain on the Arsht Center’s Thompson Plaza for the Arts for an open-air reception with specialty cocktails, a live DJ, photo ops and a toast to 30 years of ballet. No RSVP necessary.
Program One opens the season with three fan favorites, including Swan Lake, George Balanchine’s one-act version of the most famous of all ballets, set to Tchaikovsky’s most dramatic and evocative score. The program also features the return of Viscera, a rhythmic and intensely physical work created on MCB by Liam Scarlett, widely considered to be England’s most promising new choreographer; and Fancy Free, Jerome Robbins’ and Leonard Bernstein’s breakthrough World War II ballet – the story of three sailors making the most of their 24-hour shore leave in New York City, and the basis for the hit musical “On The Town.”
MCB’s 30th Anniversary Season is presented in loving memory of R. Kirk Landon, a remarkable philanthropist, leader and beloved friend to Miami City Ballet.
Tickets start at just $20 and are on sale now. To purchase tickets or to learn more, visit miamicityballet.org or call the MCB Box Office at 305.929.7010 or toll free at 877.929.7010.
Thirty years ago, the nation’s top pop stars came together to record “We Are the World” to much success; the world of menswear was turned on its head by two men named Crockett and Tubbs; and the first dot-com name was registered. It was also the time when Toby Lerner Anson set Miami’s cultural revolution in perpetual motion by co-founding the Miami City Ballet…
A great ballet company is judged by several achievements, including its number and quality of dancers, variety and quantity of the repertoire, national and global touring schedule and how often it commissions outside choreographers.
Miami City Ballet has all of that, Lourdes Lopez believes, as well as a school where dancers are professionally trained to join the company.
A former soloist and principal dancer with New York City Ballet, Ms. Lopez became the artistic director of Miami City Ballet two years ago, bringing a nearly 40-year career in dance, television arts reporting, teaching and arts management.
She said the company is building on all aspects of what denotes a world-class troupe. “You can’t do it all at once,” she said. “It’s like a student in school whose teachers keep looking at what more they need for a full education.”
In just a short time, however, Ms. Lopez has seen the Miami Beach-headquartered company grow and add layers to its national and global reputation.
Over the weekend, Miami’s cultural institutions welcoming residents and visitors alike to DWNTWN Art Days. From workshops with Miami City Ballet and Mini Comic Book Convention at the Arsht Center to artist-led tours around downtown, the weekend was full of cultural events for everyone to enjoy.
Pictured: MCB Dancer Lexie Overholt and Friends. Photo by Chris Carter.