It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas and at the top of my wish list, I’ve added a must-see holiday classic: George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker presented by The Miami City Ballet! After attending an exclusive luncheon in honor of the ballet company and its dancers at Neiman Marcus (located inside The Bal Harbour Shops) last month, I couldn’t wait to share all of the exciting shows they have in store for their Miami audiences…
Up-and-coming choreographer Liam Scarlett is quickly becoming a household name across the pond. The deeply musical ballets he has made for The Royal, where he’s also a member of the corps de ballet, have earned raves from the London press. Thanks to Edward Villella, Scarlett is about to get a toehold over here, too: His first ballet for an American company premieres this January at Villella’s Miami City Ballet.
The Artwork by Jordan Schaps & Benjamin Martin Debuts This Week for Art Basel.In late September, SunPost was invited to photograph Jordan Schaps and Benjamin Martin as they painted a ballerina of the Miami City Ballet. The model posed for a mixed media rendition of the five basic feet positions of ballet.The idea came to fruition collaboratively from Martin, who envisioned the techniques of painting, photographing, and digitizing, Schaps, who saw the five-position concept intriguing, and Bill Miller and the Miami City Ballet as the foundation of the project.
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker pirouettes its way into South Florida with several productions this year.They all have in common dancing children and elaborate costumes. One of the more sumptuous stagings comes from the Miami City Ballet, with performances in Miami and Fort Lauderdale.It was a huge undertaking, said Haydee Morales, costume designer with the dance company. Not a big one, but a huge one. I think I went to New York three times [to work with the Balanchine Estate]. I spent a year and a half to two years designing and sketching. And then we spent about six months in production. I had two drapers/cutters, four to six seamstresses, a tailor…and an artist who did the headdresses and tiaras.That artist was Maria, her younger sister. She’s very passionate…extremely creative and her work is impeccable, said Morales.And if the sisters’ creative passions diverge, does mom mediate? Noooo, laughed Morales. There are rules we have about these things. I try to keep in mind that there is life after ballet.
Grant part of NEA announcement of 863 grants and $22.543 million in funding nationwide.Miami Beach, FL (Nov. 17, 2011):
MIAMI BEACH, FL (Nov. 14, 2011): Jim Eroncig has been named President, Board of Governors, at Miami City Ballet in Miami Beach, Florida. He succeeds Ana-Marie Codina Barlick, who remains on the Board in her new position as Chairman.’My wife Bobi and I attended our first Miami City Ballet performance in the 1990-91season,’ said Eroncig. That was the beginning of a growing admiration for the Company and its Founding Artistic Director, Edward Villella and the start of a closer association and working relationship. ‘Bobi and I have watched the Company grow by leaps and bounds to become an internationally-acclaimed, world-class ballet company, said Eroncig. Now, having just ended our 25th Anniversary season, I am thrilled to take the Company, with its magnificent dancers and dedicated staff, into the future.’ Eroncig is a prominent supporter of numerous arts and cultural organizations in South Florida. He is currently on the Board of Directors of The National Foundation for the Advancement of the Arts. He also serves as chairman of its affiliate organization, The Young Arts Council of Miami. He is a former board member of New World Symphony, Miami Art Museum, Vizcaya Foundation and the Coral Reef Yacht Club. He is the C.E.O. of Peninsula Corporation, a privately held trade finance company and he has real estate interests throughout South Florida. His wife, Bobi, is also a major supporter of Miami City Ballet. She is a member of the Board of Trustees, the Board of Governors and is chairman of the Company’s Artist’s Circle Committee. The Eroncigs are long-time residents of Coral Gables.For more information on Miami City Ballet or to purchase tickets, call 305.929.7010, toll-free 877-929-7010 or visit www.miamicityballet.org. You can also join the Company on Facebook, follow the Company on Twitter and subscribe to the MCB Blog. # # #
Program I of this season’s Miami City Ballet schedule has just finished its run at the Arsht Center and the Broward Center. Drive to Palm Beach and the Kravis Center the weekend of December 9-11 to see this company at work. They have amazed New York City and excited Paris. Don’t miss the chance to see this talented homegrown company in action…
Dedicated and committed to their art, two local young ballerinas Grace Miller, 12, and Victoria Sorhegui, 13
Nicholas T. Goldsborough, a Los Angeles resident since 1980 and a longtime arts fundraiser, has been appointed the executive director of the Miami City Ballet, the company is announcing this week. Goldsborough has helped raise funding for prominent U.S. arts institutions, including the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Valley Performing Arts Center and the Harman Center for the Arts in Washington, D.C…
Advanced students from the School perform exerpts from La Sylphide Act II (choreography by August Bournonville), Carnival of the Animals (choreography by Geta Constaninescu and Rafi Maldonado) and George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker
MIAMI BEACH, FL (Nov. 1, 2011): Nicholas T. Goldsborough has been named Executive Director at Miami City Ballet in Miami Beach, Florida. He replaces Pamela Gardiner, who will remain with the Company in her new position as Executive Vice President, Artistic Affairs.Miami City Ballet has grown by leaps and bounds in its first 25 years, and we are now recognized as a world-class ballet company, said Jim Eroncig, MCB Board President.
A SWEET TREAT FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY!MIAMI CITY BALLET’S HOLIDAY PRODUCTION OFGeorge Balanchine’s THE NUTCRACKER