Americans in Paris: Part Deux

Posted by on 08.29.2011

Miami City Ballet’s Paris tour has come and gone, but I am pleased to present you with the second and final installment of my behind-the-scenes video blogs. In “Part Deux” you will find interviews with dancers, Artistic Director Edward Villella, and much more. So I hope you enjoy peaking behind the curtain, one last time, when we were “Americans in Paris”.       Click here for the first installment of Americans in...

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The Conception of A World Premier.

Posted by on 08.24.2011

This season Miami City Ballet will be presenting two World Premiers, one by the exceedingly popular Russian choreographer, Alexei Ratmansky, and the second by a young up-and-coming British choreographer, Liam Scarlett.  For the past two and a half weeks we have been working with Scarlett on his new work set to the music of Lowell Liebermann’s 1st Piano Concerto. The ballet is now finished and is something that is sure to wow South Florida audiences come January.   During the process of creating a ballet, no one knows what the final product will be, not even the choreographer.  When an older piece is being added to the repertoire, it has been danced countless...

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Americans In Paris: Part One

Posted by on 08.14.2011

Miami City Ballet’s Paris tour has come and gone, but I am pleased to present you with Part I of my behind-the-scenes video blogs. In this installment you will find clips of the dancers touring around the city, as well as video from rehearsals and performances on the Théâtre du Châtelet stage. So I hope you enjoy peaking behind the curtain when we were “Americans in Paris”.      

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Posted by on 08.01.2011

Now that our three week tour to Paris has come and gone, I have had an opportunity to look back and reflect on this land-mark event for Miami City Ballet and it’s dancers.  I feel as if we all grew as artists in this short period and the lessons that we have learned will never be forgotten.  Here is what I learned:   –The company’s sense of community is extremely real. If you were to stand in the wings during any of our performances in Paris, you would find almost all the other dancers who were not dancing to be standing in the wings watching, stretching, and warming up.  The backstage crew had to remind us numerous times that because of the...

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Paris 2011: The End

Posted by on 07.24.2011

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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