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
Get an up-close glimpse of Miami City Ballet’s 2009-2010 season with Edward Villella’s jazzy The Quick-Step, one of the acts from The Neighborhood Ballroom which will be featured on Program III in February 2010. Also on the program, is George Balanchine’s Serenade, which the company will perform at the prestigious Vail International Dance Festival in August, 2009. Open Barre shows are Friday, April 17 at 7pm (with an open bar reception at 6:30pm) and Saturday, April 18 at 2:30p.m. (with reception at 2p.m.) and 7p.m. (with reception at 6:30p.m.). Performances take place at the Ophelia and Juan Js. Roca Center, Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Theatre – Miami City Ballet Studios (2200 Liberty Ave., Miami Beach). Tickets are $29 and available by calling Miami City Ballet’s Box Office at (305) 929-7010 or online at www.miamicityballet.org.Open Barre is part of the Company’s Dancer Journal Program on Miami Beach which is meant to showcase interesting topics related to the Company. Miami City Ballet performs in the Tri-County South Florida area: in Broward at
Come see advanced students from Miami City Ballet School perform exciting and challenging works from the Company repertoire. Miami City Ballet School’s Student Showcase will take place May 15-17 at the Ophelia and Juan Js. Roca Center, Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Theatre – Miami City Ballet Studios (2200 Liberty Ave., Miami Beach). Performances are Friday, May 15 at 7p.m.; Saturday, May 16 at 2p.m. and 7p.m.; and Sunday, May 17 at 2p.m. Ticket prices are just $25, and can be purchased at miamicityballet.org or toll-free (877) 929-7010.The advanced students will perform George Balanchine’s Raymonda Variations, Valse Fantaise (1967), and segments from August Bournonville’s Napoli. For many students these performances will be their grand finale before entering careers as professional dancers at ballet companies around the nation. ###
by Jordan Levin
Miami City Ballet (MCB) announces today that R. Kirk Landon has joined the company’s Board of Governors. Landon is a prominent South Florida businessman and philanthropist who has generously supported the ballet for many years. MCB’s board members are Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach community and business leaders and philanthropic patrons of the arts who provide and help attract both cash and in-kind contributions for the organization.
Miami City Ballet dancers and advanced school students are trading in their ballet slippers for high heels and jazz shoes, undoing those tight hair buns, letting it all down, and dancing to a different groove during the next Open Barre program featuring the exciting jazz work, Lounge 2200.? The theme of the second Open Barre program of the season is URBAN JAZZ.? Come see MCB move out of the ballet box and perform contemporary pieces to modern beat.? Performances are at Miami City Ballet Studios (2200 Liberty Ave., Miami Beach) on? Friday, March 6 at 7pm (with an open bar reception at 6:30pm) and Saturday, March 7 at 2:30pm (with an open bar reception at 2pm), and at 7pm (with an open bar reception at 6:30pm).? Tickets are $29 and available by calling Miami City Ballet’s Box Office at (305) 929-7010 or online at www.miamicityballet.org.Lounge 2200 is a hot contemporary jazz piece set to the sexy and soulful music of the 50s and 60s. The dance is choreographed by Rafi Maldonado, head of Miami City Ballet School’s jazz department and one of the choreographers of the recent off-Broadway production of Celia about the life of Celia Cruz. Also choreographing for the piece is Liz Malm, MCB School jazz teacher who has worked in the music video industry and Broadway dancer Richard Amaro.Open Barre is part of the Company’s ?Dancer Journal? Program on Miami Beach which is meant to showcase interesting topics related to the Company. Miami City Ballet performs in the Tri-County South Florida area: in Broward at? Broward Center For Performing Arts, in Miami-Dade at Carnival Center for the Performing Arts, and in Palm Beach at Kravis Center For The Performing Arts. MCB is also presented as the resident ballet company at the Naples Philharmonic Center in Naples, Florida. The Company also tours extensively.Open Barre is sponsored by Bacardi and Aerobar.###
Miami City Ballet’s Program IV will show Jerome Robbins? In the Night and George Balanchine’s Concerto Barocco and Symphony in C in the tri-county area. Shows at the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale are Friday, March 13 at 8p.m.; Saturday, March 14 at 2p.m. and 8p.m.; and Sunday, March 15 at 2p.m. Performances at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach are Friday, March 27 at 8p.m.; Saturday, March 28 at 2p.m. and 8p.m.; and Sunday March 29 at 1p.m. Shows at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami are Friday, April 3 at 8p.m.; Saturday, April 4 at 8p.m.; and Sunday, April 5 at 2p.m.In 1970, one year after his triumphant return from Broadway to ballet with Dances at a Gathering, Jerome Robbins once again turned to the music of Chopin. But this time he chose to work with four of the composer’s highly romantic nocturnes. And indeed In the Night is a ballet that is in every way nocturnal ? not only in its title but in its setting and atmosphere. Three couples — three pas de deux (dances for two) — under a star-sprinkled night sky dance to live piano music. The first pair are dreamy, innocent; the second, more mature, more resolved; the third, combative, stormy. Finally the three couples are seen together — in a more public manner, yet still under the stars. In the Night has been an audience favorite from its first performance, presented by countless companies in the United States and abroad and considered one of his masterpieces, together with the three previous Robbins works Miami City Ballet has performed: Afternoon of a Faun, Fancy Free, and Dances at a Gathering. In the Night was staged for Miami City Ballet by Maria Calegari.Also on this program is Concerto Barocco, a ballet that on the surface looks simple: eight women in plain white leotards comprise a corps de ballet; a lead couple performs a pas de deux in the central section, and a secondary soloist provides a retracted image of the ballerina. The music, by Bach, is one of the most popular in the canon of classical music. The ballet’s title is derived from a combination of the words ?baroque? and ?rococo?. With these characteristics, George Balanchine’s ballet, created in 1941, appears conventional and direct.? But the surface, while sculpturally beautiful, is not the whole story. Taking his cue from the composer, self-imposed parameters led the choreographer to create a ballet that was revolutionary, and instrumental in inspiring a whole school of plotless works now described as 20th century neoclassicism.?The closing ballet of the program is Symphony in C. Balanchine learned about Georges Bizet’s Symphony No. 1 in C major from his close friend Igor Stravinsky and decided to choreograph a ballet to the music. It took him two weeks to create it as Le Palais de Cristal for the Paris Opera Ballet in 1947, where he was serving as guest ballet master. The following year he revived the work, with some changes, for the first performance of the New York City Ballet, on October 11, 1948. Symphony in C features four movements with a different ballerina, danseur, demi-soloists and corps de ballet for each part. At the end all 48 dancers perform in the finale. From the start, Symphony in C has been a tremendous and joyful success wherever it has been performed.A pre-performance talk by Edward Villella will be conducted, free to the ticketed audience 55 minutes prior to curtain in the theater.Tickets are available at MCB’s Box Office, 2200 Liberty Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139, and range from $175-$19. The Box Office toll free number is (877) 929-7010 or go to www.miamicityballet.org. Tickets are also available through the Broward Center Box Office (954) 462-0222 or 1-877-311-7469 (SHOW), the Kravis Center Box Office (561) 832-7469 (SHOW) or 1-800-572-8471 (1-800-KRAVIS-1), the Adrienne Arsht Center Box Office (305) 949-6722. ?Rush? tickets (1/3 off the price of select seats) are available starting one and a half hours before each performance.? Student discounts are available with proper identification on available B, C, and D seats in advance through MCB’s Box Office or at the theater starting one and a half hours before the performance. Tickets are also available at all Ticketmaster outlets.Programs are subject to change.MCB performs in the Tri-County South Florida area: in Broward at Broward Center for Performing Arts, in Miami-Dade at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, and in Palm Beach at Kravis Center for the Performing Arts. MCB is presented as the resident ballet company at the Naples Philharmonic Center in Naples, Florida. The Company also tours extensively.###SPONSORED IN PART BY THE STATE OF FLORIDA, DEPARTMENT OF STATE, DIVISION OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS, THE FLORIDA ARTS COUNCIL, AND THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS.? THIS PROJECT IS SUPPORTED IN PART BY AN AWARD FROM THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS, WHICH BELIEVES THAT A GREAT NATION DESERVES GREAT ART.?? FUNDING FOR THIS EVENT IS PROVIDED IN PART BY THE BROWARD COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AS RECOMMENDED BY THE BROWARD CULTURAL COUNCIL AND GREATER FORT LAUDERDALE CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU. WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE MIAMI-DADE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS AND THE CULTURAL AFFAIRS COUNCIL, THE MIAMI-DADE COUNTY MAYOR AND BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS. CITY OF MIAMI BEACH, CULTURAL AFFAIRS PROGRAM, CULTURAL ARTS COUNCIL. MIAMI CITY BALLET HAS COMPLIED WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF CHAPTER 496, FLORIDA STATUTES, THE SOLICIATION OF CONTRIBUTIONS ACT. OUR REGISTRATION NUMBER IS CH1034. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE (800-435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOTIMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.
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by Jordan Levin
(Fort Lauderdale, FL) January 21, 2009–Over 75 members of Miami City Ballet’s ADAGIO Network recently gathered at a kick-off party for their signature event of the season entitled ?In the Night?.?? Jack Jackson and his staff generously hosted the chic cocktail reception at Jackson’s Bar & Grille in Fort Lauderdale.? Guests enjoyed Ketel One martinis and sumptuous hors d?oeuvres and mingled with other young professionals and ballet enthusiasts.? ???In the Night? will take place on Saturday, February 28, 2009 at the Fort Lauderdale Grande Hotel & Yacht Club from 8 P.M. ? Midnight.? The Grand Ballroom will be transformed into a lavish South Beach style night club with open bars, fabulous fare and dancing into the night with celebrity DJ Michael Sarz.? Miami City Ballet dancers will be on hand to celebrate with the A-list crowd.Meike Miniaci serves as chairwoman for the event.? Committee members include Mark Corbett, Anthony Cupelli, Karen and Dan Curran, Denise Elia, Dianna Greene, Shari Hall, Evaggelia Hatzimanolis, Jack Jackson, Bobby Kyser, Ben Lap, John Magee, Alex Miniaci, Susan Pullin, Don Schneider, Michael Santucci, Jamie Taylor and Terry Stiles.Tickets for the event are $150 and can be purchased by contacting MCB’s Broward County Major Gifts Officer, Christopher Surridge at 305-929-7000 ext. 1401.All proceeds from this high energy evening will benefit Miami City Ballet.###
from the Associated Press
by Jordan Levin