By Alastair MacAulay
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — No ballet by the 27-year-old choreographer Justin Peck is much like another; with each assignment he sets himself new choreographic hurdles. But Mr. Peck has quickly become the most eminent choreographer of ballet in the United States — and two particular characteristics have propelled him to the top: the exciting formal architecture of his dances and the kinesthetic thrill of his movement.
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.
Our dancers kicked off their pointe shoes and slipped into sneakers and heels for the premiere of West Side Story Suite. Watch how they learned Jerome Robbins’ big, Broadway dance moves in our final video of the ‘Triple Threat’ series. There is only one more chance to catch West Side Story Suite during Program III: Triple Threat at the Kravis Center (Palm Beach) this weekend – Feb. 28-Mar. 2.
The process of preparing for West Side Story Suite has been entirely unique, presenting a several new challenges for our dancers. Not only must they master the jazzy, Broadway style of Jerome Robbins’ choreography, but they also must learn to act and sing in front of a live audience! Each week before the Company opens in a new theater, look out for a new video featuring our dancers’ pursuit to become true Triple Threats!
For more information and tickets on on Program III: Triple Threat click here!
Check out our latest video to discover what exciting dance masterworks Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez has in store for Miami City Ballet’s 2013-2014 Season. What ballet(s) are you most excited to see next season?
After a 5-week summer hiatus, the dancers have returned to our studios for 2-weeks of West Side Story Suite rehearsals. Lucky for us, dancer Ashley Knox will be capturing all of the dancing, SINGING and maybe even a rumble on Instagram! As an added perk, répétiteur Jean-Pierre Frohlich from the Robbins Rights Trust will be working with the dancers to make sure they do not miss a beat.
At the beginning of our 2012-2013 season, we asked principal dancer Renato Penteado what ballet he was most looking forward to performing. Now, as we rapidly approach the end of the season, Renato will finally get to perform the ballet that he has been waiting all year to dance — Jerome Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering. Read on to find out why this ballet has kept Renato anxiously waiting!
Principal Patricia Delgado enjoyed guesting on Instagram so much that she is back for her second time this season! Patricia will be snapping shots of the dancers rehearsing Jerome Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering and George Balanchine’s Slaughter on Tenth Avenue as we prepare for our final program of the season Broadway and Ballet. This weekend, Patricia will also be sharing all of the action at Open Barre: Behind the Curtain, held at our studio theater on Miami Beach. Follow #PatriciaMCBPhotos!
Patricia also told us why she can’t wait to get onstage to perform BOTH of the ballets featured in Program IV: Broadway and Ballet.