Grant part of NEA announcement of 863 grants
and $22.543 million in funding nationwide.

Miami Beach, FL (Nov. 17, 2011):  The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman today announced that the agency will award 863 grants to organizations and individual writers across the country.  Miami City Ballet is one of the grantees and will receive $40,000 to support the World Premiere of Viscera, choreographed by Liam Scarlett, The Royal Ballet of London’s 25-year-old choreographer, who has accepted a commission from Miami City Ballet to create his first work for an American Company.  The 863 grant awards total $22.543 million, encompass 15 artistic disciplines and fields, and support projects in 47 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

Using a challenging score for orchestra and piano, Piano Concerto No. 1 by the renowned American composer Lowell Liebermann, Scarlett’s Viscera gives us a complex and urgent ballet, specifically created to reflect what he sees as MCB’s outstanding dance qualities of energy, passion, musicality and radiance. Viscera is beautifully structured (a ravishing pas de deux is book-ended by two driven group sections), meticulously crafted and gut-wrenching.

The World Premiere of Viscera will be performed in South Florida in 2012 as follows: January 6-8: Adrienne Arsht Center, Ziff Ballet Opera House, Miami; January 27-29: Kravis Center, Dreyfoos Hall, West Palm Beach; February 3-5: Broward Center, Au-Rene Theater, Fort Lauderdale.  Tickets on sale now by calling (305) 929-7010 or toll-free (877) 929-7010 or visit miamicityballet.org.

“Art Works is the guiding principle at the NEA,” said agency Chairman Rocco Landesman. “And I’m pleased to see that principle represented through the 823 Art Works-funded projects included in this announcement. These projects demonstrate the imaginative and innovative capacities of artists and arts organizations to enhance the quality of life in their communities.”

In March 2011, the NEA received 1,686 eligible applications for Art Works requesting more than $84 million in funding. The resulting funding rate of 49 percent of eligible applications reflects both the significant demand for support and the ongoing vitality of the not-for-profit arts community despite current financial challenges. Art Works grants are awarded based on the applications received by the NEA and how those applications are assessed by the review panels.

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA web site at arts.gov.

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


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