Mike Piazza Right At Home With Miami City Ballet

OK, wiseguy, we know what you’re thinking: ‘Mike Piazza performing with Miami City Ballet? Well, so much for the rumors that he’s gay!’ Har-dee-har-har.But while you’re laughing about it, know that Piazza is laughing, too. The baseball great has heard all of your jokes and then some from friends and former teammates. As he points out in his new autobiography, ‘Long Shot’ (Simon & Schuster), he’s comfortable with who he is.Standing in the middle of a bright, mirrored rehearsal space at the Miami City Ballet Studio on Miami Beach last week, Piazza exudes a sunny, affable, relaxed disposition that contradicts the moody rep he had as a ballplayer. He’s clearly having fun with this curious return to the spotlight…read more

New Works Receive Admirable Sendoff By New World Symphony

The New World Symphony’s second annual multi-media cornucopia of new music, dance, film and poetry on Saturday night drew a full house of culturally adventurous South Beach hipsters. Utilizing the full audio and visual resources of the New World Center, the program was a festive celebration of artistic creativity, the music and production values maintaining a consistently high standard.Ian Dicke’s O Bury Me Not, a NWS commission, is a funky mashup that fuses a 1939 field recording by Texas singer Frank Goodwyn of the western folk standard O Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie with rumbling commentary from bass trombone and seven-piece ensemble. Low string murmurs accompany the initial recording before the solo instrument roars through the instrumental fabric, seizing the spotlight along with insistent mallet percussion…read more

Persistence Pays Off For New Miami City Ballet Dancer Christina Spigner

Christina Spigner starts her day feasting on egg whites and oatmeal. Then, she prepares her meal for her time away from her Miami Beach apartment: generally, a turkey sandwich, green salad, protein shakes and dried fruit. Before walking the 1½ blocks to Miami City Ballet studios, she takes time out for a daily devotional spiritual moment.That routine keeps her grounded day after day as she pushes her body to become the best…read more

Ex-Catcher Mike Piazza Rehearsing For Ballet Role

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Mike Piazza knows that some people think it’s funny for a baseball player to take up ballet, but the former catcher hopes to turn whoever is jeering him now into dance fans when he takes the stage with Miami City Ballet next month.You gotta sometimes have the courage to go out there and do something like this, and I think the overall effect will be positive, Piazza said Tuesday after his costume fitting for the role of a gangster in Slaughter on Tenth Avenue….read more

Former Baseball Catcher Mike Piazza Starts Rehearsals For Gangster Role With Miami City Ballet

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Mike Piazza knows that some people think it’s funny for a baseball player to take up ballet, but the former catcher hopes to turn whoever is jeering him now into dance fans when he takes the stage with Miami City Ballet next month.You gotta sometimes have the courage to go out there and do something like this, and I think the overall effect will be positive, Piazza said Tuesday after his costume fitting for the role of a gangster in Slaughter on Tenth Avenue….read more

Legendary Met Mike Piazza To Take Stage With Miami City Ballet Next Month

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Mike Piazza knows that some people think it’s funny for a baseball player to take up ballet, but the former catcher hopes to turn whoever is jeering him now into dance fans when he takes the stage with Miami City Ballet next month.You gotta sometimes have the courage to go out there and do something like this, and I think the overall effect will be positive, Piazza said Tuesday after his costume fitting for the role of a gangster in Slaughter on Tenth Avenue….read more

New World Symphony, Miami City Ballet Collaborate On Evening Of New Works

Two young artists are at the center of the adventurous ‘New Work’ program the New World Symphony will present April 20. Choreographer Justin Peck, 25, created a pas de deux for Miami City Ballet for the occasion, and Zosha Di Castri, 28, composed a piece the orchestra will premiere. Rather than a traditional night at the symphony, ‘New Work’ will be a whirlwind tour of the contemporary arts world, with a fresh palette of commissioned dance, poetry, music and video works. ‘The inspiration was those evenings like the ones you have in Wynwood or [the New York gallery district] Chelsea, when you know the galleries will all be open and you know it will be all new work in lots of different areas,’ says NWS artistic director Michael Tilson Thomas…read more

Miami City Ballet Dazzles In Final Program

Miami City Ballet saved the best for last, dazzling the audience at West Palm Beach’s Kravis Center last weekend with both classical ballet and a little Broadway in the closing program of the 2012-13 season. Program IV, planned last year before the departure of founding Artistic Director Edward Villella but executed by his successor Lourdes Lopez, began with Jerome Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering. Set to a series of 14 mazurkas, waltzes, etudes and a nocturne by Polish Romantic pianist Frederic Chopin, Dances at a Gathering is not so much a programmatic work, but rather a series of joyous vignettes featuring five couples, perhaps at a spring festival. Like Chopin’s music, Robbins’ choreography draws heavily on the distinctive folk dances of Eastern Europe, a nod to classic ballet without the bourgeois pretense…read more

Lovely…

Dances at a Gathering has earned the reputation of being one of the greatest ballets of the second half of the twentieth century. When Miami City Ballet first did it in 2006, the audience response was not especially positive. It is a beautiful work but it has neither the enormous size nor a score that knocks people out. The choreography is proudly and honestly subtle and the score is simply a series of Chopin piano works so that alone explains that one had better not be looking for something the size of a Tchaikovsky or even Stravinsky. Dances at a Gathering might then seem like a sort of ‘thinking man’s’ ballet, but it is not; it is simply a large collection of relatively small pieces. When the company did it a couple of seasons later the response was better and with this revival, it seems as if the work is now a company benchmark…read more

Timeless, Beautiful ‘Dances’ Closes Out MCB Season

On Friday at the Kravis Center, Miami City Ballet finished off its 2012-2013 season by presenting an evening that crisscrossed Broadway with ballet, and ballet with Broadway. The program featured two works of two great choreographers, Jerome Robbins and George Balanchine. The works were created by colleagues who seemed to have traded their signature dancing shoes for each other’s. Broadway choreographer Robbins chose pointe shoes and tights and master ballet choreographer Balanchine opted for tap shoes and high heels…read more

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