The Miami City Ballet Dancers Are Ready To Show Off Some New Moves At Their Upcoming Shows

Luis R. Rigual | October 17, 2019 | Lifestyle

IMG_4155.jpgMiami City Ballet dancers Alexander Peters, Christina Spigner, Emily Bromberg, Renan Cerdeiro, Katia Carranza, Shimon Ito and Jennifer Lauren

The Miami City Ballet is ready to show audiences some new dance moves. The company’s 2019/2020 season, which kicks off this month, will feature no less than four premieres, an accomplishment Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez couldn’t be more proud of. “It’s truly entertainment at its highest,” she says. “Each program has something a little different.” Among the standouts, Jerome Robbins’ I’m Old Fashioned (Jan. 10-26) features scenes from the 1942 movie You Were Never Lovelier starring Fred Astaire and Rita Hayworth and MCB dancers performing simultaneously with the actors on screen. Christopher Wheeldon’s This Bitter Earth (Jan. 10-26) is an intimate pas de deux with music by Max Richter and Dinah Washington. George Balanchine’s Firebird (Feb. 14-March 1) is a newly commissioned piece with original sets and costumes by Anya Klepikov. And Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes (Feb. 14-March 1) comes from renowned choreographer Justin Peck and will showcase MCB’s male dancers like never before. “It features a cast of all men and one woman,” adds Lopez. “The company has a wonderful male roster and I wanted to show that off.” This month’s Program One (Oct. 18-Nov. 10) is headlined by Balanchine’s Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, a parody involving a tap dancer, a stripper, gangsters and cops. “We have many new dancers this season,” says Lopez, “and I hope our audience sees how lucky we are that they’ve chosen to work with us.” Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305.949.6722

Photography by: Karoline Kuras; Miami City Ballet