Miami City Ballet for the first time is dipping its (bare) toes into the work of famous Spanish choreographer Nacho Duato this Friday. The work, “Jardi Tancat,” is a soulful and lyrical piece, performed in barefoot to Catalán folk music. It is one of four works making up the ballet’s Program II, See the Music.
Miami City Ballet artistic director Lourdes Lopez has made bringing new works to the company one of her priorities.
If you’ve spent any time on the MacArthur Causeway this past year, you’ve seen the 200-foot tall, shimmying silhouette of the dancing lady on the side of the Intercontinental Hotel.
The giant, multi-colored light display on the side of the building danced into our hearts – or danced us into ire—last December. Whether you love or hate the dancing lady, she’s become a staple of the Miami skyline.
But now, the lady and her suggestive moves are about to be retired. The hotel is holding auditions for her replacement Thursday and Friday, Nov. 21 and 22.
Miami City Ballet’s season opens the evening of Oct. 18 at the Adrienne Arsht Center with Ballo della Regina, a technical feat of precision and speed, with lots of fast turns, hops on point and at times a combination of the two. The ballet, set to music from Verdi's Don Carlo, is so difficult that it’s not widely performed because many companies don’t have the dancers to pull it off.
The legendary choreographer George Balanchine once said, “ballet is woman,” and that seems to be the case, considering the scarcity of boys aspiring to become ballet dancers compared to the legions of girls. But of the girls who grow up to become top dancers, few have actually graduated into the upper levels of leadership.
On September 4th, the Miami City Ballet suddenly announced the company’s founder, Edward Villella, had resigned that morning from his post as artistic director 8 months earlier than planned. Not only is Villella one of America’s most famous dancers, he is one of South Florida’s biggest cultural commodities. In 25 years, he created a world-class ballet company from scratch and helped spark Miami’s arts renaissance. But, the last year at Miami City Ballet had been marked by financial troubles and power struggles. Insiders claimed that Villella had been forced out.
On this fundraising edition of South Florida Arts Beat, we’ll meet Miami City Ballet’s new Artistic Director, Ms. Lourdes Lopez. Charles Greenfield speaks with this highly accomplished, Ballanchine-trained, Cuban-born, success story now leading Miami’s internationally renowned ballet company. Also, Cuban-born New Music composer and Director of the School of Music at FIU, Dr. Orlando Jacinto Garcia, shares his excitement about a new season of FIU performances taking place all over Miami-Dade County.
An era is ending at Miami City Ballet. In addition to the resignation of its founding director Edward Villella, his wife Linda is stepping down from her post at the helm of Miami City Ballet School on August 31st.
A former professional ice skater, she never intended to immerse herself in the ballet world and follow her husband’s artistic pursuits. The idea sprung from her desire to create a ballet school for her daughter, Crista. She wanted a ballet school closer to her husband's Miami Beach company.