A Talk With Lourdes Lopez Of Miami City Ballet

We caught up with Lourdes Lopez, the new artistic director of the Miami City Ballet, just before rehearsal this past Friday afternoon at the Broward Center.That night she would introduce herself formally – for anyone even casually acquainted with dance has been following the backstage/boardroom drama – to the Fort Lauderdale/Boca Raton audience.

The Rise And Rise Of Liam Scarlett

I first met Liam Scarlett when he was not long out of teenagerdom. I remember him being shy and slightly awkward, as most young men of that age are, but with a sort of quiet confidence that belied his years. Fresh out of the Royal Ballet Upper School, he was about to present his first choreographic work in the Linbury Studio Theatre of the Royal Opera House.

Blog: No Place Like Home

When I joined Miami City Ballet in 2006, I was overwhelmed by the embarrassment of artistic riches before me. I was trained at the School of American Ballet, where my fellow students and I would obsessively watch videos of Farrell, McBride, Martins and Villella, longing to be a part of that era. I didn’t know until I came to this company that the vibrancy, musicality and beauty of those dancers and the wonderful ballets was still so vividly alive. MCB was dancing the most sophisticated repertoire with the utmost respect to the wishes of the choreographers whilst imbuing it with their own sense of daring, rhythm and joy…

An Erotic Kick Off For Mcb

Miami City Ballet inaugurated its new season with works that underscore the company’s profound and diverse dramatic range. The program also ushered in a seismic shift from the departure of ballet founder and artistic director, Edward Villella to the debut of Lourdes Lopez, MCB’s new artistic director. As Lopez states in the program notes, this season is in many ways not hers. It is Villella who selected the ballets and rehearsed the dancers until his sudden departure in early September of this year, several months earlier than planned…

Early Days With Lopez

Miami City Ballet opened its twenty-seventh season with a new artistic director, former New York City Ballet star, Lourdes Lopez. There is a sense of security knowing that the baton has been passed to another Balanchine disciple. There has been considerable press about Lopez’s arrival and introduction to the company and to the public. It looks as if she is the perfect fit and the stability of the company is now a certainty. Her welcome speech was quite moving in its recognition of the growth of this community…

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…

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.

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…

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

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