The highlight of Program III is a world premiere from a young choreographer who’s taking the ballet world by storm, The Royal Ballet of London’s Liam Scarlett. Also, see 2 audience favorites by George Balanchine, as well as the dazzling Don Quixote Pas de Deux.
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 integral 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 -- dangerously 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 young lovers Kitri and Basilio.
On the heels of last season’s dynamic, critically-acclaimed Viscera, 26-year-old Liam Scarlett -- the most successful young choreographer at The Royal Ballet of London -- has been invited back by Miami City Ballet to create his second work on Miami City Ballet’s dancers. The explosive world premiere, set to music by Lowell Liebermann, closes the exciting program.