It took some coaxing, but Lourdes López has finally moved into Edward Villella's impressive old corner office at the Miami City Ballet studios in South Beach.
|Images courtesy Miami City Ballet / © Steven Caras|
|MCB dancers in Serenade|
"It's nice, isn't it," says the company's new artistic director with a shy smile, "and I can grow my gardenias out in the terrace."
She's going to make her garden grow in more ways than that. The 2013-2014 MCB season opening program, called First Ventures, is a sign of things to come: a company premiere of Christopher Wheeldon's breakthrough Polyphonia -- as fresh a vision of classical ballet as we are likely to see for a while -- bookended by two George Balanchine masterpieces. Serenade was the first ballet the Russian immigrant created in the United States, while the graceful and fiendishly complex Ballo della Regina displays the Balanchine style in full flower.
The program runs at the Arsht Center Fri. through Sun., the Broward Center Oct. 25 to 27, and the Kravis Center Nov. 15 to 17. The live music by Tchaikovsky, Verdi and Ligeti alone would be worth the price of a ticket.More »