from Wednesday, July 6th to Saturday, July 23rd, 2011- Miami City Ballet Author : Les étés de la danse
MIAMI CITY BALLET is one of the most important American ballet companies, just after the New York City Ballet and the American Ballet Theater. The company will be doing its Paris premiere, presented by les Etés de la Danse!The Company has four home counties in South Florida: Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach, plus Collier (on Florida's west coast), where MCB is presented as the resident ballet company at the Naples Philharmonic Center.
Founding Artistic Director Edward Villella was one of America’s most celebrated male dancers during his career with New York City Ballet (1957-1975). Mr. Villella's vision and style for MCB is based on the neoclassical 20th-century aesthetic established by choreographer George Balanchine. In 1997, Mr. Villella received the highest and most prestigious cultural honor that can be bestowed upon an artist by the United States, the National Medal of Arts, presented by President Clinton. In 1997, he was named a Kennedy Center Honoree and was inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame. He was also inducted into the Dancers’ Hall of Fame at the National Museum of Dance in Saratoga in 2004. In 2003 Miami City Ballet premiered Mr. Villella’s four-act ballet, The Neighborhood Ballroom.
The Company's repertoire has 92 ballets, including 9 world premieres. It includes: George Balanchine's masterworks, most notably Prodigal Son, Apollo, Agon, The Four Temperaments, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Symphony in C, Ballet Imperial and the full-length Jewels and works by later choreographers such as Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Jerome Robbins, Christopher Wheeldon and Trey McIntyre. Ballets by Frederick Ashton, Marius Petipa, August Bournonville and others also highlight the repertoire. The Company performs classical works such as Giselle, Coppélia, Don Quixote, and premiering this Season, Romeo and Juliet.
Miami City Ballet has toured all over the United States and has danced in more than 100 U.S. cities. National performances include The Kennedy Center, the 1996 Olympic Arts Festival in Atlanta, Wolf Trap Farm Park, Orange County (CA) Performing Arts Center, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the Shubert Theater (CT), McCarter Theater (NJ), SUNY at Purchase (NY), Tilles Center (NY), ArtPark, the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, Detroit Opera House, Cleveland Playhouse, Los Angeles Music Center, New York City Center, and Chicago Auditorium Theatre. North American festival appearances include Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Spoleto Festival U.S.A., DanceAspen, the Ravinia Festival, the Chautauqua Festival, The Madison Festival of the Lakes, and the Vail International Dance Festival (CO).
Internationally, MCB has performed in Europe, Great Britain, South America, Central America, and Israel, including the 1994 & 1995 Edinburgh International Festivals (Scotland), the 1990 Lyon Biennale Internationale de la Danse (France), the Festival Internacionel de Cultura Paiz (Guatemala), and a two-week engagement at TorinoDanza 2000 (Italy). The Company performed in March 2003 as one of six companies participating in the Kennedy Center’s International Ballet Festival with the Bolshoi, Kirov, Royal Danish Ballet, Adam Cooper and Company and American Ballet Theatre.
In January 2000, Miami City Ballet took occupancy of its Miami Beach headquarters. The 63,000 square foot facility houses eight rehearsal studios (two of which combine to create a 200-seat theatre), increased school facilities, wardrobe department and costume shop, a fully-equipped therapy room, and greater administrative space. The building is a design of the award-winning architect, Bernardo Fort-Brescia of ARQUITECTONICA.
Miami City Ballet artists are rehearsed to perform not only with great speed, energy and technical clarity, but also with the combination of force and delicacy needed to interpret musical scores from Bach to Stravinsky.
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