ViVa is a vivacious, bursting with passion, rhythmically driven work set to Antonio Vivaldi’s Concerto for 4 Violins in B Minor, and an eponymous salute to the composer and the coupled lineage of ballet and modern dance.
“Collaborating with Paul Taylor Dance Company—one of America’s most innovative, acclaimed, and pioneering modern dance companies, for the first time, seems a bit overdue considering MCB’s long enjoyed history of performing many of Taylor’s most beloved works,” says MCB Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez. Giving this gift of dance to both of our audiences while sharing our mutual love and respect for these two different yet inextricably connected art forms, is a spectacular treat. ViVa brilliantly connects two of America’s greatest culturally diverse meccas – Miami and New York—created during a time of isolation, we celebrate the joy that is dance, these two magnificent global cities, and the unbreakable bonds that tie us together.”
PTDC Artistic Director Michael Novak says, “I have long been inspired by our partnership with Miami City Ballet, a renowned and dynamic company that performs more Taylor repertory than any other dance company save our own. For decades, this relationship has grown more connected and I am thrilled to create a new form of collaboration: a chance for both our audiences to see our companies together – side-by-side – to celebrate our dynamism, power, and beauty. The commission of Amy Hall Garner’s “ViVa” illustrates how two companies, from different aesthetic backgrounds and located in different parts of the country – during a global pandemic – can come together to create new art.”