Lourdes Lopez On New Role With Miami City Ballet

On the Thursday before Labor Day weekend Lourdes Lopez received a call from Miami City Ballet. In the spring she had been named to succeed the outgoing artistic director Edward Villella. His departure was controversial

Big Weekend For Families

From ballet to rock ‘n’ roll, this weekend has something for everyone. Introduce your child to dance at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach or to classic rock at the Pineapple Festival in Jensen Beach…

A Talk With Lourdes Lopez Of Miami City Ballet

We caught up with Lourdes Lopez, the new artistic director of the Miami City Ballet, just before rehearsal this past Friday afternoon at the Broward Center.That night she would introduce herself formally – for anyone even casually acquainted with dance has been following the backstage/boardroom drama – to the Fort Lauderdale/Boca Raton audience.

The Rise And Rise Of Liam Scarlett

I first met Liam Scarlett when he was not long out of teenagerdom. I remember him being shy and slightly awkward, as most young men of that age are, but with a sort of quiet confidence that belied his years. Fresh out of the Royal Ballet Upper School, he was about to present his first choreographic work in the Linbury Studio Theatre of the Royal Opera House.

Blog: No Place Like Home

When I joined Miami City Ballet in 2006, I was overwhelmed by the embarrassment of artistic riches before me. I was trained at the School of American Ballet, where my fellow students and I would obsessively watch videos of Farrell, McBride, Martins and Villella, longing to be a part of that era. I didn’t know until I came to this company that the vibrancy, musicality and beauty of those dancers and the wonderful ballets was still so vividly alive. MCB was dancing the most sophisticated repertoire with the utmost respect to the wishes of the choreographers whilst imbuing it with their own sense of daring, rhythm and joy…

An Erotic Kick Off For Mcb

Miami City Ballet inaugurated its new season with works that underscore the company’s profound and diverse dramatic range. The program also ushered in a seismic shift from the departure of ballet founder and artistic director, Edward Villella to the debut of Lourdes Lopez, MCB’s new artistic director. As Lopez states in the program notes, this season is in many ways not hers. It is Villella who selected the ballets and rehearsed the dancers until his sudden departure in early September of this year, several months earlier than planned…

Early Days With Lopez

Miami City Ballet opened its twenty-seventh season with a new artistic director, former New York City Ballet star, Lourdes Lopez. There is a sense of security knowing that the baton has been passed to another Balanchine disciple. There has been considerable press about Lopez’s arrival and introduction to the company and to the public. It looks as if she is the perfect fit and the stability of the company is now a certainty. Her welcome speech was quite moving in its recognition of the growth of this community…

Miami City Ballet’s Fire And Ice: A White Urkel, A Sexy Greek God, And An Encouraging Start To The Season

Before the Miami City Ballet dancers performed for the first time without founder Edward Villella last night, new artistic director Lourdes Lopez took the stage to give thanks. Declaring that she was “back home,” Lopez reminisced about growing in up a very different Miami — one without MOCA, or the Colony Theatre, New World Symphony or the Arsht Center. Since then, the arts scene in town has grown — and is still growing — in exciting ways, she declared, saying “I have a responsibility to continue the ongoing cultural development of South Florida.”It was a heartfelt, emotional speech — at times, it seemed Lopez was so overwhelmed with honor that she might cry — looking both to the past and to the future. And it perfectly foreshadowed the ballets we were about to witness — one that felt vintage, ornate, and Victorian; one classically stripped-down; and one modern dance hybrid…

For The First Time In 27 Years, Miami City Ballet Performs With New Artistic Director

It’s opening night for the Miami City Ballet.The company may not look so different to the audience, but there’s been a major changing of the guard this season. Former New York City Ballet dancer Lourdes Lopez stepped in as the company’s new artistic director after founding director Edward Villella’s sudden departure last month…

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