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Paris 2011: The End

Posted by on 07.24.2011

Paris 2011: The End

I cannot believe that it has come time to write this post. Our Paris tour is over. These past three weeks were truly the highlight of my career and I am sure that every other company member would agree. Three spectacular weeks, 14 ballets, 17 shows, amazing audiences, and packed houses every night. There were lines out the door and around the corner for last minute tickets for our final shows. Miami City Ballet really was the talk of Paris. Last night brought our final Parisian show, stirring up a mass of emotions. Not only were we sad to bid farewell to this wonderful experience, but we also were mourning the loss of friends who were to dance their last ballets...

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Kicking off Week 3 in Paris.

Posted by on 07.19.2011

Today marks the first day of Miami City Ballet’s third and last week in Paris. What a whirlwind it has been thus far. Standing ovations, numerous curtain calls, and amazing ballets: we are so lucky. Last week brought the end for some ballets and the Paris premier of others. On Tuesday evening Paul Taylor’s Promethean Fire and George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations stepped out on stage. The audience was swept away by Promethean just as they were when we premiered the ballet in Miami last February. Jerome Robbin’s In The Night was also met with rousing applause when it premiered on Thursday night. What a performance it was for all the dancers involved. I just...

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Paris, Week One.

Posted by on 07.11.2011

Our first week in Paris has come to an end, and what a week it was.  We could not have asked for anything more.  Last night we enjoyed a fabulous dinner at a New York Times recommended restaurant, “Chez Julien” near Notre Dame.  We sat outside in a cobble stone courtyard next to an old church that was covered in ivy.  Every building in this city looks as if it is a piece of art; built with extreme care and crafty hands. During dinner, while enjoying delicious French wine, we reflected back on the past week. We all commented on the company’s current sense of community.  Miami City Ballet has always felt like a big happy family, but in the midst of such a...

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Paris, Opening Night

Posted by on 07.07.2011

Last night was everything I thought it would be… and more.  We opened in Paris with a line of 16 women in white leotards and pony tails prepared to execute Balanchine’s Symphony in 3 Movements.  You could feel the excitement in the air; the night we had been waiting for had finally arrived.  After the curtain closed on Symphony in 3, the short intermission came to an end as the first notes of Debussy’s Afternoon of a Faun began to drift into the air from the pit, followed by Balanchine’s energetic pas de deux, “Tarentella”. As a final treat for our first Paris audience, we closed the evening with Balanchine’s “Ballet...

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Paris, July 5

Posted by on 07.06.2011

July 5, 2011 Today was our first official day of work in Paris. We started the day with another wonderful hotel breakfast; the French take their breakfast very seriously, and I completely support that. It was time to head out for class, so we took the Metro under the Seine to the right bank, and we arrived at the Châtelet stop. Near our exit, or “sortie”, there was a band of seven men singing and playing instruments. They had trumpets, accordians, and a base, among other things, singing joyously in French. It was a great way to begin the day. Class started as if it were any other day. We all assumed our usual “theater places” at the barre and...

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Paris, July 4

Posted by on 07.06.2011

July 4, 2011 Happy Fourth of July to the United States of America! It was so bizarre to feel disconnected from this important American holiday this year. We celebrated in a much different way than I ever have before. Today, we trucked all over the city! Thank goodness for our one month Metro passes provided to us by the presenters at the Châtelet. We began our day at Montmartre, a town in the West most section of the city. Monmartre is known for attracting painters and writers. We strolled the streets appreciating the art being presented by different art vendors. This town is also home to the Basilique Sacré Coeur, or Sacred Heart Basilica. We toured the church...

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