Miami City Ballet saved the best for last, dazzling the audience at West Palm Beach’s Kravis Center last weekend with both classical ballet and a little Broadway in the closing program of the 2012-13 season.
Program IV, planned last year before the departure of founding Artistic Director Edward Villella but executed by his successor Lourdes Lopez, began with Jerome Robbins’ Dances at a Gathering.
Set to a series of 14 mazurkas, waltzes, etudes and a nocturne by Polish Romantic pianist Frederic Chopin, Dances at a Gathering
is not so much a programmatic work, but rather a series of joyous vignettes featuring five couples, perhaps at a spring festival. Like Chopin’s music, Robbins’ choreography draws heavily on the distinctive folk dances of Eastern Europe, a nod to classic ballet without the bourgeois pretense...read more