Be My Valentine: Miami City Ballet sweeps into Vancouver for 4 shows

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Miami City Ballet dancer Emily Bromberg in Serenade. Choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust. Photo © Daniel Azoulay 5x8.

Forget the usual box of chocolates, here’s a Valentine’s Day idea that she’ll remember and cherish. Tickets are now on sale for the much-anticipated performances by the Miami City Ballet in Vancouver.

Presented by Ballet BC, Miami City Ballet is coming to town to add some sizzle to your Valentine’s Day gift. From February 19 to 21, the respected company will perform four shows at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, dazzling Vancouver audiences with George Balanchine’s revolutionary choreography.

Performed by Miami City Ballet, Balanchine is a triple bill of acclaimed Balanchine works. 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.

Miami City Ballet dancers in Serenade. Choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust. Photo © Daniel Azoulay.  2 4x8
Image: Daniel Azoulay

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.”

Miami City Ballet dancers in Symphony in Three Movements. Choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust. Photo by Joe Gato 4x9.
Image: Daniel Azoulay

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.

Miami City Ballet dancers in Ballo della Regina. Choreography by George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust. Photo © Daniel Azoulay 4x9.
Image: Daniel Azoulay

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.

Balanchine runs for four performances, nightly from February 19 to 21, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. plus a matinee on Saturday, February 21 at 2:00 p.m. at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. More information & tickets here.

Miami City Ballet’s Balanchine in Vancouver

  • Dates: Daily from Thursday, February 19 to 2015 at 8 p.m.; Matinee on Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.
  • Location: Queen Elizabeth Theatre (649 Cambie Street, Vancouver)
  • Tickets: http://www.balletbc.com/performances.html

 

Feature Image: Daniel Azoulay

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