Prodigal Son

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Three thrilling works that all share an abundance of passion. From the emotional power of love, pain and anger, to the heat of attraction, to that spine-tingling glow you feel when the energy of a big city runs through your body. 

Program includes:

Prodigal Son

This is a tale of sin and redemption, the story of a young man’s hunger for adventure. It features two legendary roles – the rebellious Son and the Siren who orchestrates his downfall. Theirs is a partnership that culminates in one of the most passionate pas de deux ever to be seen on stage.

In Prodigal Son, Balanchine boldly borrowed movements from the world of gymnasts and circus performers – not to shock gratuitously, but to create a symbolic poetry of the grotesque. With its fearless acrobatics and soaring leaps, you’ll feel its stark emotional punch. This powerful and emotion-packed ballet showcases Miami City Ballet’s dramatic artistry and sheer dance power.

“Gauche and cruel, funny and naive, lascivious and tender… It moves with dramatic force through fantastically perceptive and daring episodes, to a conclusion of irresistible emotional conviction.” The New York Times

George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust
Sergei Prokofiev


Piazzolla Caldera

In a dimly lit dive, men and women confront each other in sensual duets and trios: men with women, men with men and women with women. Hips swivel, legs tangle and the heat of desire fills the stage as lamplights undulate overhead. Taylor’s fusion of traditional tango and modern dance bares the sexy, chaotic, poetic soul of this dance. Let the tango begin…

Paul Taylor
Astor Piazzolla


Glass Pieces

As a full, colorful cast swarm the stage, it’s easy to see why Jerome Robbins’ tribute to life in New York City is a favorite. The music of Philip Glass hums and throbs with hypnotic rhythm and exuberant, playful energy as the dance weaves at breakneck speed.

Jerome Robbins
Philip Glass


Photo: Prodigal Son courtesy of Ballet Arizona