Miami City Ballet Announces Its 2009-2010 Season

Updated: March 30, 2009Miami City Ballet’s (MCB) 2009-2010 season of dance in South Florida begins in October, 2009 and runs through April, 2010. The Company performs at Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade, at Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale; and at Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach.Program I features modern choreographer Paul Taylor’s Company B. This work, last seen in South Florida almost a decade ago, is performed to carefree World War II hits by the Andrews Sisters (Rum and Coca Cola, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Oh, Johnny, Oh!) contrasted with the melancholy realities of soldiers at war. Also on this program are George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante, Symphony in Three Movements and Sylvia Pas de Deux.Program II will show for the first time on MCB’s main stages, Twyla Tharp’s The Golden Section a thrilling segment from her famous work The Catherine Wheel. The piece is set to music by David Byrne (of the Talking Heads) and it is pure energy as thirteen dancers in gold costumes sail, soar, and tear through the air of the stage’s glowing light. Also featured are Balanchine’s Divertimento No. 15, Valse Fantaisie (1953), and Slaughter on Tenth Avenue.Program III is Edward Villella’s The Neighborhood Ballroom. Back for its first full encore since its 2003 premiere, this is an evening-length, action-packed, atmosphere-drenched tale of a poet, his muses, and the great ballroom music and dances of the early and mid-20th century. The four sections of this work showcase the seductive waltz, quick-stepping jazz (including the Charleston), the fox-trot where couples dance in the dark to big-band music, and the mambo, which ruled the dance floor in the 1950s.Program IV will feature Dances at a Gathering, Jerome Robbins’ masterpiece. Ten dancers, live Chopin piano music, endlessly beautiful and original invention