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Miami City Ballet Program II

| January 3, 2012 | Calendar

The Miami City Ballet presents Program II, featuring the world premiere of Viscera by 25-year-old choreographer Liam Scarlett from London’s Royal Ballet.

Viscera (Scarlett/Liebermann): Liam Scarlett is the youngest choreographer ever to have been commissioned by Britain’s Royal Ballet to create a new piece for
its main stage. That work, named Asphodel Meadows, and triumphantly premiered when Scarlett was just 24-years-old, was seen in London by Miami City Ballet Founding Artistic Director Edward Villella, who promptly invited Scarlett to make a new piece for Miami – his first American commission, and a considerable coup for the company. Using a challenging score for orchestra and piano, Piano Concerto No. 1 by the renowned American composer Lowell Liebermann, Scarlett’s Viscera gives us a complex and urgent ballet, specifically created to reflect what he sees as MCB’s outstanding dance qualities of energy, passion, musicality and radiance. Viscera is beautifully structured (a ravishing pas de deux is book-ended by two driven group sections), meticulously crafted and gut-wrenching. Costume designs for Viscera have also been created by Mr. Scarlett.

In The Night (Robbins/Chopin): Three stages of love – flirtation, passion and intimacy – are experienced through three glamorous pas de duex – all danced against a star-studded night sky and to Chopin’s ravishing piano music.

Ballet Imperial (Balanchine/Tchaikovsky): This plotless masterpiece pays homage to the spirit and grandeur of imperial St. Petersburg. Balanchine described it as “a contemporary tribute to Petipa, the father of classical ballet, and to Tchaikovsky, his greatest composer.”

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