Miami City Ballet excels in three world-class ballets

From Stravinsky to Sinatra, Miami City Ballet’s Hear the Dance has everything for a memorable night of great theater.

Three world-class ballets burst on to the Kravis Center’s Dreyfoos Hall stage Friday night demonstrating the tasteful bravura and vast technical prowess contained in this jewel of South Florida’s cultural crown.

At the helm of this jewel sits Miami’s own, Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez. Since taking the reins in 2012, she has compiled and nurtured a new crop of virtuosic dancers who can deliver artistically technical performances worthy of these esteemed choreographers’ visions.

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Girl-Meets-Boy on MCB’s Big Stage

Nathalia Arja and Renan Cerdeiro have been doing this kind of thing since they were kids. Before that, even. Because they’ve really never been apart.

Twenty-two years ago, their mothers were friends and pregnant at the same time. The moms joked about how their children would dance together one day. It served as a prediction.

Now, Nathalia and Renan are among the top dancers at the Miami City Ballet.

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Dancing what was lost

Jovani Furlan

Jovani Furlan

When the curtain opens on Program III: Triple Threat next week, Miami City Ballet will become one of only two dance companies and the only American company to perform the Paul Taylor solo in Balanchine’s Episodes since New York City Ballet in 1986. Peter Frame — the last dancer to have performed this role and répétiteur for the solo at MCB — referred to it as a “lost work of art.” Now, 27 years later, dancer Jovani Furlan will be one of only a handful of dancers to perform this role. Here, he tells all about this rare and exciting opportunity.

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