By Daniela Ortega, Contributing Reporter
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – The Miami City Ballet returns to its Lincoln Road home after 34 years, with ‘Ballet on the Beach’. The program consists of two special performances on Saturday, November 23rd at 7PM, and Sunday, November 24th at 2PM at the Colony Theater at 1040 Lincoln Road.
With the idea of making the classical art of ballet more accessible to the all audiences, these Miami Beach City Ballet (MCB) performances will be shorter and of a more casual nature.
The Ballet on the Beach highlights include “three spectacular works by award-winning choreographers including: Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes, choreographed by Tony Award-winning Justin Peck, Christopher Wheeldon’s This Bitter Earth, and Twyla Tharp’s Nine Sinatra Songs in fabulously glamorous costumes designed by Oscar de la Renta.”
Artistic Director, Lourdes Lopez, commented on their return to the Beach, “ We’re excited to present Ballet on the Beach. We’re delighted to return to Lincoln Road where the company was born.”
She continued, “We hope these events provide the public, especially our fans on the Beach, a new way to experience Miami City Ballet, broaden access and introduce whole new generation of audiences to this beautiful, enchanting world of ballet.”
In addition, as part of Miami City Ballet’s Community Engagement program, Ballet for Young People, over 400 children will be able to attend a free performance at the Colony Theater on Friday November 22nd at 10:30 AM.
This admission-free, special performance will feature excerpts from George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Serenade and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Children will also get a “behind-the-scenes look at the world of ballet.”
Miami Beach Mayor, Dan Gerber, also commented on the awaited return on the MCB since 1989, to the city, “Miami Beach residents will get to experience the artistic excellence that is created right here on the Beach, and to celebrate our very own world-class dance company, Miami City Ballet.”
He added, “Lincoln Road is where it all began 34 years ago, which makes these performances even more meaningful.”
Tickets can be bought online and are $35 per person, and include a complimentary glass of Prosecco prior to the performance, and a post-show chat and Q&A with MCB Artistic Director, Lourdes Lopez.
In addition, there is a few numbers of free tickets set aside for Miami Beach residents on a first come, first serve basis.