Posted 16 September 2003 - 09:59 AM
Posted 16 September 2003 - 01:51 PM
"Our Show" was a fundraising idea for the ballet developed by the dancers themselves. All proceeds go directly to MCB, though, the dancers are paid their regular salaries for time spent in rehearsals and performances.
Last year was the first year for the project and it was very successful. All performances were held at the MCB studios since they have a bleacher seating area in their very large main studio which seats approximately 200.
Some of the choreography is original, giving many MCB dancers (or their dancer/choreographer friends) the opportunity to choreograph pieces for themselves or others in the company to perform. From reports these pieces were well worth seeing. Also on the program are excerpts from a variety of ballets, Swan Lake; Union Jack; Stars & Stripes, etc., which some of the dancers have selected and prepared specifically for these performances.
According to the reports I received, there was so much planned, that two programs had to be developed which were presented over two weekends, 8 performances.
Posted 16 September 2003 - 03:13 PM
It was an intimate atmosphere. You were sitting close enough that you could see the dancers sweat. You could see facial expressions that you could not see even from the front rows in a typical performing arts center (we usually see them at the Kravis). My daughter could appreciate being able to see details of body movements, articulations of the feet, and even which pointe shoes each dancer wore. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It was a very professional night, but up close and personal. It appeared that everyone enjoyed the evening: Balletomanes, students, parents. I think everyone had a different reason to go and a different take on the evening. I think everyone seated around us and those we spoke to during the intermission and afterwards took away MORE than they expected, not less. We will attend again. My daughter was able to meet Ileana Lopez after the show when the dancers come out to "meet" their audience.
Hopefully others will comment. I am not yet through the book Ballet 101 (I think this book covers Ballet 101 all the way through ballet 495--what a great place for a parent to begin an understanding of Ballet) so I do not feel qualified to critique any further. Hopefully some more experienced than I will have attended and can act as a critic. I thought it was well worth it.
Posted 19 September 2003 - 04:37 PM
Posted 23 February 2004 - 07:19 PM
Posted 06 January 2005 - 08:25 PM
This is one thing I suggest to all dancers!!!
Posted 18 April 2005 - 05:37 PM
Posted 19 April 2005 - 12:43 PM
The performances are at the Miami City Ballet Study in Miami Beach, which seats about 200.
Friday, 4/29 at 8 pm
Saturday 4/30 at 2 pm and 8 pm (there's a post-performance party after the 8)
Sunday 5/1 at 2 pm
You can order tickets on the MCB's website: www.miamicityballet.org.
Anyone have information about the program this year? The mixture of original choreography and classic pas de deux, etc., is intriguing.
Posted 20 April 2005 - 03:43 AM
Posted 26 April 2005 - 12:44 PM
"The repertoire includes 13 pieces performed by 25 dancers and will feature excerpts from classical ballets like La Sylphide, La Bayadere, and La Fille Mal Gardee; more contemporary works like Chiaroscuro, a ballet by Lynn Taylor-Corbett, and also ballets choreographed by Miami City Ballet dancers Stephen Satterfield, Cassia Philips, Marc Speilberger, and Kristin D'Addario."
"Not only will audiences be able to see the dancers up close in a studio environment but they will also hae the chance to meet the dancers. Each performance will be followed by a wine and cheese reception after the show and the Saturday night performance will include a party with the dancers with food, drinks, and dancing."
I hope some of our members will be able to post their responses and/or reviews.
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