LOURDES LOPEZ / ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

 

 

10.16.11
MIAMI CITY BALLET
FLORIDA’S INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED COMPANY
ANNOUNCES ITS 2011-12 SEASON!
A CELEBRATION OF DANCE FEATURING ONE WORLD PREMIERE
AND TWO FULL-LENGTH CLASSICS!
THE OPUS ONE LIVE ORCHESTRA RETURNS!

Miami Beach, FL (Oct. 17, 2011):  Miami City Ballet presents its 2011-2012 season: a celebration of dance by the world’s greatest choreographers.  The new season brings to South Florida audiences Viscera, a World Premiere ballet by 25-year-old Liam Scarlett, the talented young choreographer from London’s The Royal Ballet, and the return of two audience favorites, the full-length productions of Giselle and Coppélia. The holiday season will find George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ on stage in Miami and Fort Lauderdale this December.  The Opus One Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Gary Sheldon, will play for all repertory programs, supported by a grant from the James S. and John L. Knight Foundation, as part of its Knight Arts Challenge.

The season runs October 2011 through April 2012 at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami, Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale and Kravis Center in West Palm Beach.   Subscriptions and single tickets for all performances are available by calling the Miami City Ballet Box Office at (305) 929-7010, toll-free (877) 929-7010 or visit www.miamicityballet.org.         

There is NO increase in subscription ticket prices from last season.  Prices range from $69 to $635.  In addition, all subscribers are offered priority discount seating to George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™.

Program I opens the season with four compelling ballets that run the gamut from classic to contemporary: George Balanchine’s breezy and exuberant American classic, Square Dance;  Jerome Robbins’ Afternoon of a Faun, a riveting duet between a young man in a dance studio absorbed by his reflection in a mirror, and a young woman who interrupts his reverie; Christopher Wheeldon’s Liturgy, an intensely sensual and haunting pas de deux, set to the contemporary sounds of composer Arvo Pärt and In The Upper Room, Twyla Tharp’s explosive, signature masterwork – an endurance test filled with power and speed, leaving the audience, and dancers, breathless.

The highlight of Program II is Viscera, a World Premiere ballet by 25 year-old Liam Scarlett, with music by Lowell Liebermann (Piano Concerto No. 1).  Mr. Scarlett is The Royal Ballet of London’s most successful young choreographer.  He has accepted a commission from Miami City Ballet to create his first work for an American company.   A coup for South Florida audiences!  Also on this program are In the Night, Jerome Robbins’ valentine to love, experienced through three glamorous pas de deux, danced against a star-studded night sky to Chopin’s ravishing piano music, and Ballet Imperial, a Balanchine masterpiece he described as “a contemporary tribute to Petipa, the father of classical ballet, and to Tchaikovsky, his greatest composer.”

The final two programs of the season bring to the stage two full-length classics:  Program III with Giselle, the quintessential 19th –Century romantic ballet – telling the story of a young peasant girl betrayed by her disguised aristocratic lover and Program IV with Coppélia.  The charm and humor of this classic romantic comedy, plus the sheer joy of its Delibes score, have kept Coppélia in the repertory ever since its Paris premiere in 1870.                              

The 2011-12 season will also feature the audience holiday favorite, George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™  this December at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami and Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale.  A delightful treat for the entire family, with beautiful sets, lavish costumes, dazzling special effects and Tchaikovsky’s glorious music, featuring a large cast of talented children from South Florida performing with MCB’s international ballet stars.

Subscriptions and single tickets for all performances are available by calling the Miami City Ballet Box Office at (305) 929-7010, toll-free (877) 929-7010 or visit or visit www.miamicityballet.org.  There is NO increase in subscription ticket prices from last season.  Prices range from $69 to $635.  In addition, all subscribers are offered priority discount seating to George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™.  Group Discounts (10 or more) are available by calling (305) 929-7001 or toll-free (877) 929-7001.

The 2011-12 season is as follows:

Program I
Square Dance (Balanchine/Vivaldi and Corelli)
Afternoon of a Faun (Robbins/Debussy)
Liturgy (Wheeldon/Pärt)
In The Upper Room (Tharp/Glass)

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Miami (Ziff Ballet Opera House)
Friday, October 21 at 8p.m.
Saturday, October 22 at 8p.m.
Sunday, October 23 at 2p.m.

Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale (Au-Rene Theater)
Friday, October 28 at 8p.m.
Saturday, October 29 at 2p.m.& 8p.m.
Sunday, October 30 at 2p.m.

Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, West Palm Beach (Dreyfoos Hall)
Friday, December 9 at 8p.m.
Saturday, December 10 at 2p.m.& 8p.m.
Sunday, December 11 at 1p.m.

Program II
Viscera (Scarlett/Liebermann) – World Premiere
In the Night (Robbins/Chopin)
Ballet Imperial (Balanchine/Tchaikovsky)

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Miami (Ziff Ballet Opera House)
Friday, January 6 at 8p.m.
Saturday, January 7 at 8p.m.
Sunday, January 8 at 2p.m.

Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, West Palm Beach (Dreyfoos Hall)
Friday, January 27 at 8p.m.
Saturday, January 28 at 2p.m. & 8p.m.
Sunday, January 29 at 1p.m.

Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale (Au-Rene Theater)
Friday, February 3 at 8p.m.
Saturday, February 4 at 2p.m. & 8p.m.
Sunday, February 5 at 2p.m.

Program III
Giselle (Coralli and Perrot/Adam)

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Miami (Ziff Ballet Opera House)
Friday, February 17 at 8p.m.
Saturday, February 18 at 8p.m.
Sunday, February 19 at 2p.m.  

Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale (Au-Rene Theater)
Friday, February 24 at 8p.m.
Saturday, February 25 at 2p.m. & 8p.m.
Sunday, February 26 at 2p.m.

Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, West Palm Beach (Dreyfoos Hall)
Friday, March 9 at 8p.m.
Saturday, March 10 at 2p.m. & 8p.m.
Sunday, March 11 at 1p.m.

Program IV
Coppélia (Saint-Léon/Delibes)

Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale (Au-Rene Theater)
Friday, March 23 at 8p.m.
Saturday, March 24 at 2p.m. & 8p.m.
Sunday, March 25 at 2p.m.

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Miami (Ziff Ballet Opera House)
Friday, March 30 at 8p.m.  
Saturday, March 31at 8p.m.
Sunday, April 1at 2p.m. .

Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, West Palm Beach (Dreyfoos Hall)
Friday, April 13 at 8p.m.
Saturday, April 14 at 2p.m. & 8p.m.
Sunday, April 15 at 1p.m.
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George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Miami (Ziff Ballet Opera House)
Thursday, December 15 at 7:30p.m.
Friday, December 16 at 7:30p.m.
Saturday, December 17 at 2p.m. & 7:30p.m.
Sunday, December 18 at 1p.m. & 6:30p.pm

Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale (Au-Rene Theater)
Wednesday, December 21 at 7:30p.m.
Thursday, December 22 at 2p.m. & 7:30p.m.
Friday, December 23 at 2p.m. & 7:30p.m.
Saturday, December 24 at 1p.m.

Miami City Ballet Home Theater Addresses:

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County
Ziff Ballet Opera House
1300 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33132
Box office: (305) 949-6722 or 1-866-949-6722

Broward Center for the Performing Arts
Au-Rene Theater
201 S.W. Fifth Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
Box office: (954) 462-0222

Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. Concert Hall
701 Okeechobee Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Box office: (561) 832-7469                                                                 
    
Photos of the 2011-12 season ballets are available upon request.
Please call Roberto Santiago at (305) 929-7000, ext. 1602, or email rsantiago@miamicityballet.org.

About Miami City Ballet

Critically acclaimed by The New York Times, MCB was founded in 1985 by Artistic Director Edward Villella. The Company has more than 40 dancers, and a repertoire of over 90 ballets which they perform in the four home counties of Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Collier, and around the world. MCB maintains its headquarters in Miami Beach in a facility designed by renowned architectural firm Arquitectonica. The facility houses rehearsal studios and administrative offices as well as the Company’s school: Miami City Ballet School.

For more information on Miami City Ballet or to purchase tickets, call 305.929.7010, toll-free 877-929-7010 or visit www.miamicityballet.org. You can also join us on Facebook, follow the Company on Twitter and subscribe to the MCB Blog.

MCB IS SUPPORTED IN PART BY AN AWARD FROM THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS.  SPONSORED IN PART BY THE STATE OF FLORIDA, DEPARTMENT OF STATE, DIVISION OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS, AND THE FLORIDA COUNCIL ON ARTS AND CULTURE.  FUNDING FOR THIS ORGANIZATION IS PROVIDED IN PART BY THE BROWARD COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AS RECOMMENDED BY THE BROWARD CULTURAL COUNCIL AND GREATER FORT LAUDERDALE CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU.  MCB PROGRAMMING IS MADE POSSIBLE WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE MIAMI-DADE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL AFFAIRS AND THE CULTURAL AFFAIRS COUNCIL, THE MIAMI-DADE COUNTY MAYOR AND BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS.  CITY OF MIAMI BEACH, CULTURAL AFFAIRS PROGRAM, CULTURAL ARTS COUNCIL.  MIAMI CITY BALLET HAS COMPLIED WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF CHAPTER 496, FLORIDA STATUTES, THE SOLICITATION OF CONTRIBUTIONS ACT.  OUR REGISTRATION NUMBER IS CH1034.  A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE (800) 435-7352 WITHIN THE STATE.  REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.

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