Miami City Ballet announces new works for next season

Miami City Ballet will feature a major new commission and three company premieres in its 2014-2015 season, the company announced on Friday.

Topping the list of new works is a ballet by Justin Peck, a young New York City Ballet choreographer who has been critically praised for the works he has made there. Peck, who created the striking pas de deux Chutes and Ladders for MCB last spring, will make a large-scale group piece in collaboration with famed muralist and street artist Shepard Fairey. The still-untitled piece will be set to Bohuslav Martinu’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and will debut on MCB’s fourth program in spring 2015.

New to Miami and to the United States will be a version of Carmen by Richard Alston, resident choreographer at London’s Ballet Rambert, who made created the work in 2009 for the Scottish Ballet. The score is by Rodion Shchedrin, adapted from the Bizet opera. Alston’s Carmen will make its debut on Program III in February 2015.

The other company premieres are by choreographers whose work has formed a major part of MCB’s repertoire. Twyla Tharp’s elegiac Sweet Fields, set to Shaker hymns, which was made for a short-lived Tharp ensemble in the mid-’90s that included former Miami dancer Gabrielle Malone, will join Carmen and Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante on Program III.

After premiering Jerome Robbins’ West Side Story Suite this weekend, MCB will add Robbins’ The Concert (Or, the Perils of Everybody), a beloved comedic ballet he made in 1956 for NYCB. Set to Chopin piano preludes, The Concert exposes the thoughts and fantasies of characters at a piano recital. It joins the Peck piece and Balanchine’s Raymonda Variations on Program IV.

MCB will open the season in October with John Cranko’s version of Romeo and Juliet, a lush, richly theatrical vision of Shakespeare’s play that was a hit when it capped MCB’s 25th anniversary season in 2011.

Miami City Ballet’s 2014-2015 season runs Oct. 17 through April 19, 2015. Subscriptions cost $69 to $635. Single tickets are $20-$95, and go on sale to the general public at the end of April at or 305-929-7010.

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