Miami City Ballet Spreads its Artistic Wings
For years, Miami City Ballet has rivaled other industry leaders when it comes to performing works of neoclassical ballet. The troupe’s presentation of Balanchine’s repertoire, for example, is exceptional, with militaristic precision and intrinsic musicality that could be the envy of any ballet company in the world.
The same levels of consistency, quality and predictability have not been evident when the company has presented dramatic, evening-length story ballets in the past. This season’s delivery of John Cranko’s Romeo and Juliet, one of the most iconic and beloved dance versions of Shakespeare’s tragic play, demonstrates how much Miami City Ballet is sinking its teeth into these types of works and spreading its artistic wings. In the company’s opening-night performance Friday at the Kravis Center, it was notable how much the artists have grown into this ballet since its premiere several years ago, particularly in stage acting.