Hailed by the New York Times as “one of America’s most beloved dance companies,” Miami City Ballet will be in Vancouver for four performances this month.
Ballet BC Presents Miami City Ballet
Presented by Ballet BC, Miami City Ballet will perform a triple bill of acclaimed George Balanchine works: Serenade, Symphony in Three Movements, and Ballo della Regina.
In an evening that displays Balanchine’s inspiring marriage of ground-breaking ballet with classical music, each piece is choreographed in dynamic relation to some of the world’s most celebrated scores. Serenade, first performed by New York City Ballet in 1935, is a milestone in the history of dance, planting the seeds for his reshaping of classical ballet into an American art form. Set to Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings in C, Serenade is revered as Balanchine’s masterpiece and even he referred to it as his “favorite child”.
Symphony in Three Movements is a large ensemble work that is bold and breathtaking – a tour-de-force that is striking for its simplicity and power. Balanchine’s choreography mirrors the propulsive rhythm of Stravinsky’s titular score with angular, athletic choreography. The virtuosic and exhilarating variations in Ballo della Regina are set to Verdi’s music edited from the original score from Don Carlos. The work is a beautiful and intricate set of variations for the ballerina, her partner, and the corps de ballet that offers many unique challenges with its vibrantly fast-paced and elaborate choreography.
Each of these works expertly demonstrates how George Balanchine redefined the classical tradition in progressive ways and how Miami City Ballet has earned its reputation for being one of the finest interpreters of his work.
Balanchine runs for four performances, February 19th until February 21st, 2015 at 8:00pm plus Saturday, February 21 matinee at 2:00pm at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Tickets range from $40.00 to $98.50 (including service charges) and can be purchased through Ticketmaster online or by phone at 1-855-985-2787 (1-855-985-ARTS).
Ballet BC has offered up a pair of tickets to the 2:00pm performance on Saturday, February 21, 2015. Here’s how you can enter to win:
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Update The winner is Aundrea!