Friday Night Spotlights
Until we can safely return to our theaters, Friday Night Spotlights helps stay connected to you during these challenging times, and helps us to provide joy, inspiration, comfort, and healing.
Please consider a contribution to MCB’s Dancer Support Fund that will help keep the power of dance alive and support our dancers and artistic staff.
This Bitter Earth
Online premiere: Fri, Sept 18 at 8pm
Available to view until Oct 18
This Bitter Earth by world renowned choreographer Christopher Wheeldon is a moving pas de deux that fills up the room and takes your breath away with its power and smoldering beauty. Dinah Washington’s soulful 1960 hit This Bitter Earth is remixed with Max Richter’s On the Nature of Daylight to create a cinematic and haunting soundtrack.
After the ballet, MCB dancers Rainer Krenstetter and Emily Bromberg join Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez for a conversation about their experiences learning and performing this work, and what it’s like to partner your best friend on stage.
Listen to our Dinah Washington Playlist below or here on Spotify.
July 10 at 8pm
Available to view until August 10
Alexei Ratmansky’s Symphonic Dances, set to Rachmaninoff’s arousing score of the same name, was made especially for MCB. The plotless yet dramatic ballet is accentuated by bursts of exuberant dancing including a drama-filled, warrior invoking sequence and a scintillating ensemble, tantalize the senses in a spectacular show of inventive choreography.
“You watch it with both delight in its passing detail and suspense about what will happen next.” – The New York Times
Nine Sinatra Songs
June 26 at 8pm
Available to view until July 26
Twyla Tharp’s ballroom inspired Nine Sinatra Songs is simply irresistible. Chill some bubbly, put on your favorite cocktail dress and escape into a romantic, glamourous world filled with the music of Ol’ Blue Eyes and intimate dances that sizzle, dazzle, and fill the heart with joy.
“… full of flair and sophistication” – The New York Times
Digital Premiere: May 29 at 8pm
Available to view on YouTube until June 29
MCB presented the company premiere of George Balanchine’s and Jerome Robbins’ Firebird this past February to the delight of capacity filled theaters. The iconic Russian fairytale set to Stravinsky’s spellbinding score had never been seen outside New York since its premiere in 1949. MCB triumphantly brought the folkloric ballet to life in a display of visually arresting monsters, knights and princesses, and of course the magnificent, otherworldly Firebird.
“… a visual splendor. This production was the most successful and impressive re-design of an old ballet I have seen.” – Palm Beach Daily News
Digital Premiere: June 12 at 8pm
Available to view on YouTube until June 26
MCB commissioned Justin Peck, America’s leading choreographer and recent Tony Award winner, as part of MCB’s 2014/15 season. Peck, inspired by a visit to Miami’s vibrant Wynwood Walls teamed with famed “Obey” visual artist Shepard Fairey to create a ballet so distinctively “Miami” that it instantly became a signature repertory work. The ballet vividly demonstrates all the joy, athletic kineticism, and technical prowess that MCB dancers are known for.
“Heatscape proves one of Justin Peck’s most poetic and engaging creations.” – The New York Times
Thank You For Your Support
We are incredibly grateful to all those that have supported our Dancer Support Fund during this time. As a non-profit organization, MCB employs over a hundred fiercely dedicated operational and artistic staff members, faculty and dancers to deliver the world-class performances, education and engagement programs that bring arts into the community.
As we look ahead to a changed world, we depend on the vital support and generosity of our audiences and donors. If you can help, please consider donating.