Miami City Ballet aptly tells Balanchine’s stories

When Balanchine stated that two dancers on stage make a story, he opened up new possibilities in storytelling and in ballet choreography. In Vancouver, Miami City Ballet presents three of Balanchine’s most succesful stories spanning over forty years — Ballo della Regina (1978), Symphony in Three Movements (1972) and Serenade (1934).

The evening opened with Ballo della Regina, created as a virtuoso ballet for then-principal dancer of New York City Ballet, Merrill Ashley. The pomp of Verdi’s score and the choreography set high expectations, that were met with a few challenges in this performance.

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George Balanchine Still Thrills in Miami City Ballet’s Crisp, Polished Renditions

A Miami City Ballet production. Presented by Ballet B.C. At the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Friday, February 20. Continues February 21

When the curtain rose on George Balanchine’s masterwork,Serenade, the Queen Elizabeth Theatre emitted a collective “Ahhhhhh” and broke into applause before the piece even began.

In front of the enraptured audience, set against a dusty blue screen, were five diagonal rows of white-tutu’d, bunned ballerinas, frozen in position. This was the almost mathematical precision and feminine perfection the crowd had come for, presented with crispness and polish by the Miami City Ballet.

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Ballet BC: Miami City Ballet’s Balanchine

Miami City Ballet stole the heart of the audience tonight. The evening, entitled Balanchine, offered three ballets choreographed by the legendary George Balanchine. Ballo della Regina with music by Verdi from the opera Don Carlos; Symphony in Three Movements with music by Stravinsky from Symphony in Three Movements and Serenade with music by Tchaikovsky from Serenade in C Major for String Orchestra.

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Miami City Ballet at the Queen E

In her pre-show chat last night, Lourdes Lopez, Artistic Director of Miami City Ballet, noted that George Balanchine created more than 400 works of original choreography during his 55-year career. About 80-100 of those works remain in the active repertoires of ballet companies around the world. Those companies include the one Balanchine founded, the New York City Ballet, but also organizations like MCB, which was started by an NYCB alum in 1986, and has been led since 2012 by Lopez, herself a former principal dancer at NYCB and a director of the Balanchine Trust. MCB is in town this weekend at the invitation of Ballet BC, presenting an all-Balanchine program; it is a rare opportunity for Vancouverites to catch a glimpse of dances created by a choreographer some consider the greatest of the twentieth century, if not of all time.

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Ballet BC Miami City Ballet’s Balanchine

It must be a bit hard being the new kid in town, but Vancouver gave Miami City Ballet a warm welcome on the opening night of Balanchine.The evening, presented by Ballet BC, was an opportunity to not just witness renowned international talent, but also for audiences to experience the awe-inspiring choreography by the Russian-born “father of American ballet” himself, George Balanchine. Though Balanchine passed away in 1983, his work has continued to be produced in his legacy.

What is most exciting about Miami City Ballet’s package of Balanchine is that audiences have an opportunity here to see some exquisite and, in some cases, exclusive performances. The opening act of the evening, “Ballo della Regina”, is owned by Merrill Ashley, the ballerina that Balanchine choreographed this for personally. Luckily for Miami City and their audiences, Ashley has granted exclusive rights to this piece for them.

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Miami City Ballet brings timeless works to Vancouver

In her curtain speech at Ballet BC’s season-opening program last fall, artistic director Emily Molnar addressed the company’s historic upcoming presentation of Miami City Ballet. Molnar underlined the connection between Ballet BC’s identity as a 21st-century contemporary ballet company, and the game changing work of 20th-century choreographic genius George Balanchine, founder of the New York City Ballet, who changed the art form forever by stripping it down to its essentials.

Miami City Ballet is one of a handful of ballet companies in the United States founded or directed by a former Balanchine dancer, and which as part of its core mandate dances his ballets regularly, thus ensuring that they are part of our shared cultural legacy.

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A Contemporary Take on the Classic Carmen

A high-intensity drama about spirited Spaniards seems like such a good fit for Miami City Ballet, you’d think company artistic director Lourdes Lopez ran out looking for Carmen. But in a way it was Carmen that came to her.

As the centerpiece of MCB’s third program of the season, this story ballet by contemporary British choreographer Richard Alston has all the elements to give it prominence in the troupe’s repertoire. And, luckily for the choreographer, MCB has the craft and personalities from corps to principals — with force, speed, flair — to offer Carmen interpretive luxury in its first artistic home in America.

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Miami City Ballet 2015 Gala

Miami City Ballet presented its 2015 Gala with a fusion of art, dance and music at Wynwood’s Soho Studios. Inspired by the historic collaboration between famed choreographer Justin Peck and street artist Shepard Fairey, each moved by the art of Wynwood Walls in the creation of this season’s original Heatscape piece, the event was chaired by Ana and Robert Barlick.

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Miami City Ballet estreia novo espetáculo

A companhia de dança Miami City Ballet, uma das principais do sul da Flórida, estreia na próxima sexta-feira (13), em curta temporada no Adrienne Arsht Center, em Downtown Miami, novo espetáculo.

Passion and Grace leva ao público três histórias executadas por seu competente elenco de bailarinos. A primeira delas é Carmen, na montagem criada pelo coreógrafo Richard Alston e aclamada pela crítica. Este trecho do espetáculo é repleto de danças em estilo flamenco e é descrito pelo Miami City Ballet como uma “versão modernizada do clássico, marcada por paixão e traição”.

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Miami City Ballet to present ‘Carmen’

Miami City Ballet dancer Jeanette Delgado is not someone you’d tend to overlook, but she’s taking no chances on this steamy August afternoon. She steps challengingly to the front of the company’s studios — then stomps in defiance, planting her hands on out-thrust hips; inviting, no, demanding that we pay attention.

“This is when you go hello Miami!” smiles choreographer Richard Alston.

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Showcasing the Genius of Balanchine: Interview with Miami City Ballet

Dance lovers! Miami City Ballet is coming to town for the first time ever! Presented by Ballet BC, the renowned company will grace the QE stage for four performances only on February 19 to 21.

We’ve got a great interview with Miami City Ballet’s Artistic Director, Lourdes Lopez. Lopez brings a nearly 40-year career in dance, television, teaching and arts management.

As a Soloist and Principal Dancer with New York City Ballet, she danced for two legends of the art form, George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. She co-founded Morphoses with Christopher Wheeldon in 2007 — a New York-based dance company aiming to revitalize dance through innovative collaborations with important artists from the worlds of music, visual arts, design, film and fashion; and by inviting younger and broader audiences to engage in and actively experience dance.

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Ballet BC presents Miami City Ballet Balanchine

For the first time in the company’s history, Ballet BC presents Miami City Ballet in a program of George Balanchine’s revolutionary choreography at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Performed by Miami City Ballet, one of America’s finest Balanchine interpreters, Balanchine is a triple bill of acclaimed George Balanchine works: Serenade, Symphony in Three Movements, and Ballo della Regina.

In an evening that displays Balanchine’s inspiring marriage of ground-breaking ballet with classical music, each piece is choreographed in dynamic relation to some of the world’s most celebrated scores.

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