Miami City Ballet celebrates its 35th anniversary during the 2020-2021 season. Dubbed “A Love Letter to South Florida”, it pays tribute to the cultural, artistic, and community diversity in the region.
The works presented here as part of our 35th anniversary season illustrate the love, beauty, strength and resiliency that are a sheer reflection of the brilliant communities that have long inspired us and, have kept us moving throughout our journey,”
A sizzling line-up of collaborative world-premieres all created with the heart and soul of the Magic City and South Florida communities in mind. MCB School graduate Durante Verzola will debut a sensual new work featuring designs by Miami-raised international fashion designer, Esteban Cortázar (Ungaro, Net-a-Porter). The “skilled and sophisticated” (New York Times) Princess Grace award-winner Claudia Schreier will debut a sexy-cool contemporary work mixed with dynamic visual artistry, providing the perfect canvas for MCB dancers to show off their electrifying kineticism. And, the “supremely gifted” (Vanity Fair), Miami-born, Alvin-Ailey star Jamar Roberts and genre-defying composer Sam Hyken, the creative force behind Nu Deco Ensemble will premiere a powerful new work.
THE NUTCRACKER (December 11-30)
Of course, no season is complete without George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®. Come see how the “magic happens” (Los Angeles Times) when the famed holiday spectacular visits Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Palm Beach.
PRODIGAL SON (January 15-31)
Three emotionally charged works by three distinguished choreographers that pushed the boundaries of what we expect from ballet. These masterpieces helped fortify MCB’s position as a trusted leader in performing master repertory works: George Balanchine’s dramatic tale of sin and redemption Prodigal Son; Paul Taylor’s sensuous tango wrapped in the modern dance idiom Piazzolla Caldera; and Jerome Robbins’ visually stunning tribute to New York City, Glass Pieces.
SWAN LAKE (February 12 - March 7)
Audiences will discover why “this Swan Lake has become the one by which all others are judged,” (The New York Times) when MCB presents the North American premiere of Alexei Ratmansky‘s full-length Swan Lake. The timeless and achingly beautiful ballet set to Tchaikovsky’s gorgeous score, has been beloved by audiences for over a century. For this Swan Lake, Ratmansky dug deep within the history of the fabled ballet, reconstructing some of the original choreography through extensive research and notations dating back to the 1895 Marius Petipa/Lev Ivanov production.
More than 50 dancers will adorn the stage in exquisite detail to tell the story of Prince Siegfried, Princess Odette and her fellow spellbound swans, the evil Baron and impostor Odile. From a grand and gorgeous medieval court to the lakeside under a midnight moon, the romance of this stunning Swan Lake will set your heart alight.
AFTERNOON OF A FAUN (March 19 - April 11)
Two titans of 20th century dance: George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins come together in works that beautifully demonstrate the dancers’ technical virtuosity and joie de vivre that is at the heart of the company. The line-up includes two Balanchine masterpieces – the neo-classical showstopper Symphony in Three Movements, the seminal work that launched MCB’s reputation as leaders in performing master repertory works, alongside the lightning bolt of joy Ballo della Regina. Plus, Jerome Robbins’ minimalistic nod to the narcissism of youth, Afternoon of a Faun and the company premiere of the rarely seen, sublimely contemplative, ancient Greece inspired Antique Epigraphs, both set to music by Claude Debussy. These Robbins works complement each other perfectly in this program by legends of choreography.