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: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/10/12/3045783/miami-city-ballet-ready-for-new.html#storylink=cpy

$3M In Donations Lift Troupe

The Miami City Ballet, which has struggled in the past year with financial shortfalls and conflict related to the departure of founding artistic director Edward Villella, has raised $3 million in new donations, company officials said Monday evening…

Miami City Ballet Continues Revival By Naming New Executive Director

After a tough year, Miami City Ballet is suddenly coming back strong. First, the troupe announced $3 million in new donations, a life-saving influx of nearly a quarter of its $13 million budget. And Tuesday, MCB announced the hiring of a top fundraiser at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington as executive director.It’s not that there are no financial issues, but we have really turned a corner, said arts-institution turnaround expert and Kennedy Center president Michael Kaiser, who has been consulting with MCB since July. We are heading into a very good time.Kaiser, who engineered rescues of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the American Ballet Theater and England’s Royal Opera House. said the moves ensure the company will recover from the most difficult period in its 26-year history.The new executive director is Daniel Hagerty, 40, who as director of individual campaigns at the Kennedy Center heads a staff of 25 that raised $40 million last year. Kaiser introduced him to leaders of MCB’s board a month ago.Hagerty, who starts in late October, said Tuesday he is thrilled at the prospect of working with new artistic director Lourdes Lopez , who took control this month…

Villella Leaves Miami, And The Dance World, A Richer Place

In his 18 years as a dancer, Edward Villella earned fame as an enormously gifted interpreter of George Balanchine, the Russian-born choreographer who transformed American and classical ballet, and as a charismatic figure who brought ballet to popular culture. But his greatest contribution to the art form he loves may have been his 26 years as artistic director of Miami City Ballet…

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