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Profile of a Great Ballet: La Valse

Posted by on 04.01.2013

George Balanchine’s La Valse has been a staple of Miami City Ballet’s repertoire for years.  Not only have we performed this excellent work all across South Florida, we waltzed on the Parisian stage where the music premiered in 1920.  Since performing this ballet in a beautiful theater with such history, this Balanchine work has become incredibly close to our hearts. I recently decided to delve more into the story and premise in order to have a more complete understanding of Balanchine’s vision.  He choose to create a plot within this 30 minute work, but as is often the case with Balanchine choreography, the story is complex and open for...

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Profile of a Great Ballet: Coppélia

Posted by on 03.20.2012

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

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

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

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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Be Sure to Watch Miami City Ballet on PBS 10/28/11

Posted by on 10.27.2011

On Friday October 28th at 9:00 pm, Miami City Ballet will be coming into your living room by way of PBS’s Great Performances: Dance in America. (Check your local listings).  For this evening of dance, Miami City Ballet Dances Balanchine and Tharp, the company will showcase a broad range of strengths: precise classical ballet technique in George Balanchine’s Square Dance, contemporary athleticism with Twyla Tharp’s Golden Section, and neo-classical ballet with a western flare in George Balanchine’s Western Symphony. This program was filmed last September, during which I shared my experiences from the filming here on TENDUS.  After the filming...

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