By Daniela Ortega, Contributing Reporter
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – A number of performances and events are in Miami to celebrate the 24th International Ballet Festival. The main Miami Beach date will be the “Etoiles Classical Grand Gala Performance,” at the Fillmore in the Jackie Gleason Theater, this August 17th at 8PM.
The festival started officially on July 27th and will last through August 18th, offering shows with internationally recognized artists from all over the world in different venues across the city of Miami.
As Eriberto Jimenez, Artistic Director of the Festival commented, “Each year we try to invite different countries to be represented. This is the 24th Festival and its purpose is to showcase the best dancers from companies around the world most who would never be seen in the U.S.”
This year the festival also offers a new experience, dancing in the street and ballet projections on Friday, August 9th at 8PM at the Lincoln Road Mall in the Euclid Circle in Miami Beach.
The contemporary performances will feature national and international guests, from countries such as Switzerland, Brazil, Dominican Republic and the U.S., presenting an “eclectic mix of dance styles and music.”
The International Ballet Film Festival of Miami also presents yearly a Dance Film Series in partnership with the Cinematheque de la Danse de Paris and the Dance Film Association from New York. This year the piece selected is “La Chana”.
A remarkable documentary about the renowned and very gifted Flamenco Dancer who makes an unexpected comeback in her sixties. The shows will be August 7th and 8th at 6:30 PM at the Miami Beach Cinematheque.
On the night of the 17th, after the Grand Gala Performance, ballet stars from, around countries such as Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Mexico, England, Italy, Spain and the U.S., will showcase their talents in “famous classical and neo-classical ballet repertories.”
During the gala the “A Life for Dance” Lifetime Achievement Award is also presented to extraordinary teachers, dancers, choreographers & directors. The 2019 honoree is Ballet Master Wilhelm Burnmann. Tickets prices range from $49 up to $69.
The final show will be the “Festival Closing Gala of the Stars,” on Sunday August 18th at 5PM at the Miami Dade County Auditorium. All the same ballet stars will perform at this show, but will dance different pieces.
The “Criticism and Culture of Ballet” award will also be presented to renowned ballet critics. The 2019 honoree is Sarah L. Kaufman, of the Washington Post.
International companies participating in the International Ballet Festival include, the Vienna State Opera Ballet from Austria and Ballet du Capitole Toulouse from France.
Also the Ballet de Santiago de Chile, Ballet do Teatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro from Brazil, Slovenia Opera Ballet Ljubljana from Slovenia, Ballet de Monterrey from Mexico, and the Lyric Dance Company from Italy, among others.
Participating companies from the U.S. are the Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida, the Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami, Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami, the Milwaukee Ballet and the Washington Ballet.