Good progress reported
Posted 11 February 2013 - 08:37 AM
"Recently I went to a board meeting of the organization where the new artistic director laid out her ambitious plans for next season and for the expansion of the school, the new executive director reviewed anticipated changes to marketing and fundraising strategies, a budget was approved for the next fiscal year without much fanfare and a marketing partnership with the Miami Heat was unveiled. Oh, and Nutcracker ticket sales were $150,000 higher than last year and an upcoming gala in Palm Beach had outsold last year and ticket sales for the next two sets of performances were outselling last year as well. Special gifts of $7 million had also been received."
Posted 11 February 2013 - 09:09 AM
Posted 11 February 2013 - 11:23 AM
In that vein, the school will have a new director, Darleen Callaghan from North Carolina Dance Theatre School of Dance, starting March 1. Busy days at MCB . . .
Posted 11 February 2013 - 07:51 PM
Of course, without the remarkable dancers of Miami City Ballet, who were selected and trained by Edward, the turnaround could not have happened, and would not have been worth the effort.
But this story will have a happy ending and Miami will have a robust dance company to call its own.
Re: the school. MCB's school has become a major feeder of new young dancers into the company. It has also worked as a finishing school for several of the amazing Brazilian dancers now rising through the ranks, Rebello, Cedeiro, and Arja among them..
It's encouraging that the new director has worked with -- and been highly endorsed by -- Jean Pierre Bonnefoux and Patricia McBride, who come from the same Balanchine tradition as Villella and Lopez.
Here's the full MCB press release:
Posted 11 February 2013 - 09:31 PM
And while Kaiser quotes Macaulay's final sentence, the rest of the review, detailing the repertory, was rather more mixed. (See, for instance, the parts dirac quoted in our Links forum.) The inflowing money certainly reads well, but Kaiser's final reference to "dance company" - MCD? - puts my teeth on edge.
Posted 14 February 2013 - 08:18 PM
So it seems we have four company premieres (one each from Balanchine, Robbins, Duato and Wheeldon) and a repeat of 'Symphonic Dances'. Does the company normally do encores like that?
Posted 14 February 2013 - 09:10 PM
I actually liked Symphonic Dances and look forward to seeing it again at the end of this month.
The only odd thing in that article is how she says the Latin American community will relate to the piece about praying for rain. I have had many Hispanic friends, and I have never gotten the impression that their background is in farming and praying for rain.
Posted 14 February 2013 - 09:58 PM
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