The 30th Anniversary Season

Miami City Ballet celebrates the 30th Anniversary season with masterworks from the company’s George Balanchine foundation along with leading choreographic voices Twyla Tharp, Paul Taylor, Justin Peck and Liam Scarlett.

The season adds four new works to the company repertory, including an unprecedented new production of George Balanchines’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream, re-imagined as a reflection of the South Florida region by two international artists with ties to Miami.

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Program One

Program One opens the season with Swan Lake, George Balanchine’s one-act version of the most famous of all ballets, set to Tchaikovsky’s most dramatic and evocative score.

This program also features the return of the audience favorite Viscera, created on MCB by Liam Scarlett, widely considered to be England’s most promising new choreographer.

Fancy Free, Jerome Robbins’ and Leonard Bernstein’s breakthrough World War II ballet, is the story of three sailors making the most of their 24-hour shore leave in New York City – and the basis for the hit musical On The Town.

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Program Two

Program Two showcases George Balanchine’s La Source, set to Léo Delibes’ exquisite musical score, enchanting audiences with its re-creation of 19th-century French ballet elegance.

Barber Violin Concerto is the company’s first work by long-time Artistic Director of New York City Ballet, Peter Martins. This thrilling company premiere is set to Samuel Barber’s romantic Violin Concerto, one of the most alluring and widely performed concertos of the 20th century.

And MCB celebrates Twyla Tharp’s 50th anniversary as a choreographer by reprising her signature work In The Upper Room – a study of modern dance’s power and energy juxtaposed with the finesse of the classical tradition, set to Philip Glass’ driving postmodern score.

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Program Three

Program Three features two additional company premieres including Justin Peck’s breakout ballet Year of the Rabbit, choreographed to music from Sufjan Stevens’ 2002 electronica-influenced album Enjoy Your Rabbit.

The second premiere is one of Paul Taylor’s masterpieces, Sunset, performed to the haunting music of Edward Elgar and illustrating the complexities of love, camaraderie and separation experienced by six soldiers and the young women they leave behind.

Closing this spirited program is Bourrée Fantasque, acclaimed as one of Balanchine’s most charming works. This big, vibrant, joyful ballet is set to the sparkling music of Emmanuel Chabrier – C’est Magnifique!

The acquisition of Year of the Rabbit is made possible by a generous contribution from the Ansin Foundation in honor of the 75th birthday of Miami City Ballet Founder Toby Lerner Ansin and in celebration of Miami City Ballet’s 30th anniversary season.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

MCB’s landmark 30th anniversary season culminates with an unprecedented new production of Balanchine’s magical full-evening ballet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Shakespeare’s timeless tale of love, magic and illusion, set to ravishing music by Felix Mendelssohn – including the famous Wedding March – is re-imagined as a reflection of the South Florida region by two international artists with ties to Miami: Michele Oka Doner for original costumes and sets, and playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney for dramatic direction.

With a fairytale cast that includes 24 children and six vocalists, magical new sets and costumes, and the breathtaking Miami City Ballet dancers, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a dazzling spectacle for families and audiences of all ages.

The Title Sponsors of A Midsummer Night’s Dream are Claudia and Steven Perles.

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