2011-2012 Season

Profile of a Great Ballet: Coppélia

Posted by on 03.20.2012

Profile of a Great Ballet: Coppélia

Coppélia first premiered May 25, 1870 at the Théâtre Impérial de l’Opéra in Paris.  This classic ballet in three acts was originally choreographed by Arthur Saint-Léon and set to a score by Léo Delibes.  The plot follows a story by E.T.A. Hoffmann: The curtain opens on an European town as an old man, Dr. Coppélius hobbles out of his house.  The town is mystified by this elderly citizen, as no one really knows exactly what he does.  A beautiful young woman is sitting on the balcony of his house reading a book.  As he looks up at her with delight, he renters his home. Our story’s heroine, Swanhilda, now enters.  Dancing around the stage in search...

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A Look Into The Future

Posted by on 01.16.2012

A Look Into The Future

Professional ballet dancers live for ballets that challenge them, excite them, and promote them to grow as artists.  There is nothing quite like preparing for, and conquering meaningful works.  Last weekend’s shows were exceptionally special for the company, as well as for me. Having the opportunity to take part in a World Premier is a very unique experience, but our newest ballet is something extra special.  Liam Scarlett’s Viscera premiered at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami on Friday January 6th to resounding applause and a standing ovation.  Though this piece was inspired by the movement qualities of Miami City Ballet...

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Nutcracker’s Contribution To The Art Form

Posted by on 11.30.2011

Nutcracker’s Contribution To The Art Form

The other day I found a fascinating article from “D Magazine” out of Dallas.  The author, Peter Simek, posed an interesting question with the title: Is the Nutcracker Saving Ballet, Or Killing It?  Mr. Simek quotes Ben Stevenson, Artistic Director of Texas Ballet Theater, as he describes the financial reasons for companies’ continuing to put on productions of The Nutcracker year after year.  Simek says, “a company’s season will make or break based on The Nutcracker.” American companies all count on the fact that this traditional holiday show will pack the house and rake in the money. So would companies continue to put Nutcracker...

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Masterpieces From Two Perspectives: Twyla Tharp’s In The Upper Room

Posted by on 11.06.2011

Masterpieces From Two Perspectives: Twyla Tharp’s In The Upper Room

To celebrate Twyla Tharp’s In The Upper Room, I spoke with Miami City Ballet Principal dancers Patricia and Jeanette Delgado about dancing Twyla Tharp’s In The Upper Room. Patricia is a part of Upper Room’s “Ballet People” and Jeanette is a “Stomper”. In this video blog produced for Miami City Ballet, the girls chat about how they see this ballet from their different experiences. © Miami City Ballet    

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Experiencing Miami City Ballet From the Audience

Posted by on 10.24.2011

Experiencing Miami City Ballet From the Audience

Opening Weekend marks the end of Miami City Ballet’s rehearsal period and a welcome break from the studios.  Our lives constantly revolve around the stage: even when we are not there, we are preparing for our next round of shows. Getting back into the swing of performing again is something that we look forward to all summer long. There we were, back again.  The last time we had stood beneath the bright lights of the stage was in Paris, and now it was finally time for a homecoming.  It was Friday October 21st at 7:45 pm.  I was walking from backstage to my orchestra seat in the house, after wishing all the dancers “Merde,” a ballet dancer’s...

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Opening Weekend 2011-2012 Season

Posted by on 10.20.2011

Opening Weekend 2011-2012 Season

Friday evening marks the official beginning of Miami City Ballet’s 2011-2012 season. Here we go, another beginning to another exciting season. Program I brings South Floridians a peak of our Paris tour this past July.  George Balanchine’s Square Dance will open the evening with precise and energetic steps showing off the dancers’ technique.  After the first intermission, the audience will find themselves delighted by Jerome Robbins Afternoon of a Faun and Christopher Wheeldon’s Liturgy. The evening will end with Twyla Tharp’s extraordinary In The Upper Room, which is always a crowd pleaser! Tomorrow night, I am going to have the...

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