Miami City Ballet’s Fire And Ice: A White Urkel, A Sexy Greek God, And An Encouraging Start To The Season

Before the Miami City Ballet dancers performed for the first time without founder Edward Villella last night, new artistic director Lourdes Lopez took the stage to give thanks. Declaring that she was “back home,” Lopez reminisced about growing in up a very different Miami — one without MOCA, or the Colony Theatre, New World Symphony or the Arsht Center. Since then, the arts scene in town has grown — and is still growing — in exciting ways, she declared, saying “I have a responsibility to continue the ongoing cultural development of South Florida.”It was a heartfelt, emotional speech — at times, it seemed Lopez was so overwhelmed with honor that she might cry — looking both to the past and to the future. And it perfectly foreshadowed the ballets we were about to witness — one that felt vintage, ornate, and Victorian; one classically stripped-down; and one modern dance hybrid…

For The First Time In 27 Years, Miami City Ballet Performs With New Artistic Director

It’s opening night for the Miami City Ballet.The company may not look so different to the audience, but there’s been a major changing of the guard this season. Former New York City Ballet dancer Lourdes Lopez stepped in as the company’s new artistic director after founding director Edward Villella’s sudden departure last month…

Season Preview 2012-13: Dance

Program III, Miami City BalletFebruary 22 – 24, Kravis CenterA new era for Miami City Ballet begins this season, as former New York City Ballet dancer Lourdes Lopez takes over as artistic director after the company’s founder, Edward Villella, was forced to retire early. Yet, the company’s treasured Balanchine repertoire continues with at least one dance from the master in each of the season’s four programs. If you see only one MCB performance this season, make it Program III, said former Balanchine protege and New York City Ballet dancer-turned-dance photographer, Steven Caras, who lives in West Palm Beach. The line-up includes the repertory premiere of Symphonic Dances by Alexei Ratmansky, one of the few contenders to be the next great classical choreographer, according to Caras. As he has in past years, Caras will lead a pre-performance discussion prior to the opening night of the Kravis Center’s dance performances.

Lopez Takes A Leap

Despite the enormous pressures of being the new artistic director of Miami City Ballet, Lourdes Lopez found time recently to promote a new era of artistic collegiality and openness to the community. New World School of the Arts and Miami Dade College hosted a reception at the Freedom Tower, providing a forum for more than 200 members of Miami’s dance world, from local independent artists to leaders of longstanding companies and presenters, to welcome and meet Lopez.She was gracious and eloquent in her remarks, which included sharing that the last time she was in the Freedom Tower was to collect public aid as a child. Most remarkably, she promised a new spirit of community from Miami City Ballet and spent two hours meeting and talking to almost everyone in attendance. Lopez has said that she wants to ride the momentum of Miami’s cultural explosion

Miami City Ballet Estrena Directora

La gran noticia del Miami City Ballet esta temporada que comienza el viernes en el Adrienne Arsht Center, es el debut de Lourdes López como nueva directora art

MCB Blog: Random Act Of Culture At Wynwood Art Walk

This past Saturday, Art Walk goers were minding their business at popular spot, the Wynwood Walls. No one expected a ballet dancer in street clothes to strike a pose right smack in the middle of the crowd as the DJ changed her tune to tango! That dancer was principal Jeanette Delgado, who was soon joined by a group of MCB dancers that trickled into the choreography as the surprise performance mesmerized the spectators. And just like that, Art Walk was flash mobbed by Miami City Ballet!…

MCB Ready For New Season, New Artistic Director

Lourdes Lopez debuts as artistic director when Miami City Ballet opens its season Friday…Read more here:

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