Divertimento No. 15 -- Balanchine/Mozart
Balanchine's "Divertimento No. 15" is a plot-less ballet in five movements. It contains starring roles for five women, one of whom is slightly "more equal" than the others but all of whom receive ample opportunities to shine - especially in the sharply-characterized solo variations and a seamless chain of duets for the five women and three men, which has the effect of a ravishing extended adagio for a single super--couple.
Duo Concertant -- Balanchine/Stravinsky
George Balanchine believed in "seeing the music" - and in this short two-character ballet, the violinist and pianist play an intergral on-stage role. The couple mirrors the music and each other, at times standing still and listening intently to the lovely Stravinsky score. "Duo Concertant" poses a challenging test for both musicians and dancers - a formidable example of what can happen when two geniuses like Stravinsky and Balanchine combine forces.
Don Quixote Pas De Deux -- after Petipa/Minkus
While "Don Quixote" is a full-length ballet, it is its spectacular pas de deux - dangeroulsy fast and exceedingly demanding - for which the work is perhaps best known. This dazzling dance from the 19th century classic's third act, celebrates the wedding of the enchanting youg lovers Kitri and Basilio.
World Premiere by Liam Scarlett -- Scarlett/TBD
On the heels of last season's dynamic, critically-acclaimed "Viscera", 25-year-old Liam Scarlett - the most successful young choreographer at Britain's Royal Ballet - has been invited back by Edward Villella to create his second work on Miami City Ballet's dancers.
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