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Best of Miami: Arts & Culture

BY Riki Altman-Yee & Luis R. Rigual Main portraits by Nick Garcia & Richard Grassie | January 4, 2017 | Feature Features

The new year has finally arrived, and foremost on our agenda is enjoying the very best Miami has to offer. We're talking arts and culture worthy of praise and applause, style that's always on point, health and beauty to help us feel and look better than ever, design and realty for true bon vivants, and food and nightlife to cheer about. It's all right here. Happy 2017, indeed!
Miami City Ballet's Nathalia Arja and Kleber Rebello will take the stage in the production of The Fairy's Kiss in February.

Dangerous Liaisons
With the upcoming world premiere of The Fairy’s Kiss, as choreographed by the renowned Alexei Ratmansky, the Miami City Ballet is once again breaking new ground. “This is the greatest choreographer using one of the most famous scores in dance,” says Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez. “I am enamored with it because it has three perfect ingredients: Ratmansky’s choreography, Stravinsky’s music and [our] dancers.” Set and costume designer Jérôme Kaplan says Ratmansky provided “some directions and wishes” regarding his reinterpretation of the Hans Christian Andersen tale, and Kaplan responded with Cubist, Bauhaus and Russian Constructivist inspiration to tell the story of a fairy who enchants a young man, then separates him from his fiancee before delivering a fatal kiss. Dancer Kleber Rebello warns the enchanting production bears shadows, however: “There’s no happy ending. It’s dark, but there’s magic and so much emotion.” And ballerina Nathalia Arja adds that the tale’s namesake lead, the role she performs, is no Thumbelina either: “She’s mysterious and malicious, but also a strong, powerful character.” We are officially intrigued. Feb. 10-12, 2 and 8pm, $20-$100, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305.929.7010

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