“See the music, hear the dance.” For George Balanchine, this is how one ought to experience ballet. Inspired by this, Miami City Ballet’s Program II of its 2014-15 season is all about the artistry of form set to movement. “Hear the Dance” celebrates choreographic masters who have set their skills to beloved musical numbers, while showcasing the athletic breadth and artistic dynamism of the MCB dance company.
Nine Sinatra Songs embraces 1960s Frank Sinatra with playful duets and ensemble pieces by choreographer Twyla Tharp, set to some of his most lasting songs. With renditions of “Strangers in the Night,” “My Way,” and “One for My Baby,” among others, seeing Sinatra like this will forever change your impression of Ol’ Blue Eyes.
Paul Taylor’s Mercuric Tidings is music set to form, with an increasingly complex set of movements—pure-dance—responding to Franz Schubert’s first symphonies.
Appropriately capping the evening’s program is Balanchine’s Symphony in Three Movements, a large ensemble work set to the jazzy Igor Stravinsky composition with costume by none other then Oscar de la Renta. A total of 32 dancers, moving in energetic, complex and athletic motion make this the epitome of “see the music, hear the dance.”
“Hear the Dance” will take the stage at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts’ Dreyfoos Hall, January 23-25.
- Showtimes: January 23, 8p.m.; January 24, 2 and 8 p.m.; January 25, 1 p.m.
- Tickets start at $20.
- For more information, visit miamicityballet.org.