Choreographer Spotlight: Cameron Catazaro
To Miami, With Love is a series of pop-up performances around Miami choreographed and performed by MCB company dancers. Each headlining work is site-specific, inspired by the surrounding environment and the unique cultural tapestry of the location.
Our pop-up performances begin Saturday, January 30 at approximately 7:30pm – 8:30pm at the place where MCB first began its ascent to becoming one of the country’s most renowned ballet companies – Lincoln Road, Miami Beach – featuring headline choreography by MCB dancer Cameron Catazaro and special musical accompaniment by musicians from the New World Symphony.
Cameron Catazaro has been a member of the Corps de Ballet at MCB since 2019. We spoke to Cameron briefly about the inspiration for his work, the music and his career highlights.
What about your pop up location inspired you to choreograph?
Cameron: The romantic atmosphere of Lincoln Rd at night inspired me to choreograph. The live music, dazzling lights and dinner dates.
Does music play a big role in your creative process?
Cameron: The music is what inspires me to create, always. My music is set to the prelude of the opera La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi. I chose this piece because of the dreamy atmosphere it creates when you listen to it. Music plays a huge role In choreographing for me. I listen to the music and then the steps come next for me.
Is this your first time choreographing a new work?
Cameron: This is my second choreographic work. I choreographed my first work at Miami City Ballet School as part of the Choreographic Intensive in 2018.
What can audiences expect from your piece?
Cameron: Audiences should expect a romantic pas de deux set to a beautiful piece of music that will hopefully transport them to a place of joy.
What has been your career highlight so far?
Cameron: Performing Stravinsky Violin Concerto with New World Symphony was definitely my career highlight. Having two great institutions like Miami City Ballet and New World Symphony combine for a performance was such an amazing experience.
See Cameron’s new work A Lovely Feeling on Saturday January 30th, approximately 7:30pm – 8:30pm on Lincoln Road.
A Lovely Feeling
Choreography by Cameron Catazaro
Danced by Ellen Grocki and Cameron Catazaro
Music by Giuseppe Verdi*
* Prelude to Act I of La Traviata
Photo credit: Cameron Catazaro and Ellen Grocki rehearsing A Lovely Feeling while quarantining in Maryland. Photo by Victoria Heverly.