The Miami City Ballet opens its 29th season in October with Romeo and Juliet, a hit for the troupe in spring 2011. And throughout the season, many dancers and ballets seen in previous years will be on stage.
With Saturday's glittery Danzabierta and Malpaso in June, the Copperbridge Foundation has opened up a window into one aspect of the island's artistic scene — contemporary dance — that was almost completely unknown in Miami.
Five years ago the deliciously provocative British songstress Lily Allen dropped out of pop music for the uncharacteristic bliss of marriage (to builder Sam Cooper) and motherhood (to Ethel Mary, 2, and Marnie Rose, 1.) But last November Allen, 29, returned in signature style with Hard Out Here, a twerk-in-your-face satire of music industry sexism, then confused us by opening for Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz tour this summer.
We knew he could. Miami dancer Ricky Ubeda is the grand winner of So You Think You Can Dance. The Coral Reef High School graduate, 18, was awarded the top prize of $250,000 on the finale of Fox’s reality TV competition on Wednesday night.
Kurt Hummel, the character that actor Chris Colfer plays on Glee, escapes from bullying at the TV show’s fictional high school by excelling as a show choir and music theater diva. The show mirrored Colfer’s real-life experience with bullying as a child, which became so brutal during middle school that his parents had to home-school him.
Now in its ninth year, WordSpeak not only teaches young people the craft of articulating their feelings and ideas, but gives them a powerful sense of purpose, empowerment and responsibility. A group of teen poets will compete nationally next month.
Show.Girl., Rosie Herrera’s new piece for New York’s Ballet Hispanico, is very different from the vivid, surreal works we’ve previously seen from this Miami dancemaker. Herrera’s first commission for a major company, which premiered Friday night at the Adrienne Arsht Center, is more restrained, conceptual and opaque, more dependent on abstract movement, instead of images, to communicate its ideas. There are strong moments, notably a sequence in which dancer Vanessa Valecillos becomes a universal female emblem amid a cloud of white feather fans.
Most aspiring dancers and choreographers spend their teens perfecting their arabesques in ballet class or their spins in hip-hop. But when Hialeah-bred Rosie Herrera was 16, she was learning a very different side of dance — as a showgirl strutting the stage of the Little Havana theatrical cabaret Teatro de Bellas Artes in fishnet stockings, high heels, feathered headdress and not much else, backing up drag queens, comedians and middle-aged divas.
Miami City Ballet has hired a new executive director to partner with artistic director Lourdes Lopez. Michael Scolamiero, who has led the Pennsylvania Ballet, will join the Miami troupe on June 30. He replaces Daniel Hagerty, who left MCB last month for family and personal reasons.
Augusto Soledade is often described as an Afro-Brazilian choreographer, which is true. But as his troupe Brazzdance’s Saturday concert at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center showed, his creative heart belongs not to folkloric tradition but to modernism and experimentation.
Miami City Ballet is ending its season with a solidly entertaining, if sometimes uneven, production of Don Quixote — the same ballet the troupe danced in its first performance at the Adrienne Arsht Center in fall 2006.