February 12, 2013 |
The Miami City Ballet and the Miami Heat have more than grace under fire in common: They share a 25th anniversary, and basketball superstars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are helping mark the occasion. The players are teaming up, so to speak, with ballerinas to commemorate their silver anniversaries this year. As part of the "Ballet and Basketball" celebration, the team and company are reenacting a photograph taken before the first-ever Heat game or Miami Ballet performance. The 25-year-old picture shows towering Heat player Billy Thompson posing with a dancer for the original company.
February 4, 2009 |
After a triumphant tour that won critical raves in New York, Miami City Ballet is cutting eight dancers because it can't afford to pay them. Ballet spokeswoman Nicolle Ugarriza says the corps and apprentice dancers' contracts will not be renewed next season. The dancers were notified last week in a letter from the ballet's artistic director and chief executive officer, Edward Villella. The cuts will reduce the troupe from 53 to 45 dancers.
December 10, 2008 |
Miami City Ballet will forgo a live orchestra and will perform to recorded music for the second half of its 2008-09 season to save money. Blaming the economy, ballet officials said Tuesday that they cut the orchestra because of declining ticket sales and donor contributions. Live music for a full season would cost $480,000, but only $188,280 had been raised so far. Musicians will play during ballet performances through January, except for the company's holiday schedule of "George Balanchine's the Nutcracker," which will feature taped music.
November 12, 2008 |
The latest economy-related casualty in the arts: The planned June 26-28 performances of the Nederlands Dans Theater I, part of the ongoing Music Center dance season at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, have been canceled. There will be no replacement. Josephine Ramirez, the Music Center's vice president of programming and planning, said that there was reduced donor giving, a decline in investment revenue and a shortfall in ticket sales for the dance series' most recent engagement, Miami City Ballet, Oct. 24-26.
October 27, 2008 |
Here's a suggestion: Let's ditch the nightclub as a setting for ballet. No more predictable tales about the trials of courtship or the ballroom as a metaphor for life. Miami City Ballet, Edward Villella's smart and spirited South Florida company, inaugurated the '08-'09 Music Center dance season this past weekend with yet another piece staged in a dark club frequented by prowling, brawling guys and preening, teasing girls. This theme has outlived its variations. Enough already.
July 4, 2006 |
"Dances at a Gathering" wasn't Jerome Robbins' first -- or last -- choreography to piano pieces by Chopin, but it's surely the most intuitive, full of dances that develop out of a single gesture or refuse to develop at all and are abandoned like half-considered ideas.