You may not think tickets to the Miami City Ballet are a hot commodity, but you’d be wrong. Each program plays three days each in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach and there are only four of them spread out far and wide over the season. Also, ever since Lourdes Lopez came on board, the MCB has been spicing it up a bit making everything a little more caliente. Case in point: when last year they reimagined West Side Story to ballet and actually got the dancers to sing! This year the schedule is every bit as tantalizing, if not more so.
There are four programs and the first one begins with Romeo and Juliet by John Cranko on October 17. Program II opens January 9 and is called Hear the Dance, a fusion of ballet and ballroom with George Balanchine and Nine Sinatra Songs by Twyla Tharp and beautiful costuming by Oscar de la Renta.
Program III, Passion and Grace,will involve a flamenco version of Carmen, Sweet Fields by Twyla Tharp and Allegro Brillante by George Balanchine. With Program IV, they saved the most fun for last with Points of Departure. The program includes Jerome Robbins’ The Concert (or The Perils of Everybody), which as the name suggests, is an unusual, comic and joyful ballet. The program premiers choreographer Justin Peck and famous street artist Shephard Fairey joining forces to bring street art to ballet. The performance debuts at West Palm Beach’s Kravis Center on March 27th and makes it to Miami on April 10.
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Photos by Alberto Oviedo