In addition to Miami City Ballet’s increasingly diverse programming and world-class performances, South Florida dance lovers have many opportunities to enjoy leading U.S. and international companies at venues across the region:
Miami City Ballet
Under the artistic direction of Lourdes Lopez, Miami City Ballet continues its 2015 season with Program II: “Hear the Dance,” featuring Twyla Tharp’s “Nine Sinatra Songs” (and dazzling costumes by Oscar de la Renta), Paul Taylor’s “Mercuric Tidings” and George Balanchine’s “Symphony in Three Movements,” set to music by Stravinsky. Presented at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, Jan. 23 – 25, and the Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale, Feb. 6 – 8.
Program III: “Passion and Grace” includes the American premiere of Richard Alston’s critically-acclaimed, flamenco-fueled “Carmen,” along with the company premiere of Twyla Tharp’s “Sweet Fields” and Balanchine’s “Allegro Brillante,” set to music by Tchaikovsky. Presented at Miami’s Arsht Center, Feb. 13 – 15; the Kravis Center, Feb. 27 - March 1; and the Broward Center, March 20 – 22.
The season concludes with Program IV: “Points of Departure,” including the world premiere of a commission from Justin Peck and scenic artist Shepard Fairey, “Heatscape;” the great comic ballet, “The Concert (or, The Perils of Everybody)” by Jerome Robbins; and Balanchine’s classic, “Raymonda Variations,” set to the music of Glazunov. Presented at the Kravis Center, March 27 – 29; Arsht Center, April 10 – 12; and Broward Center, April 17 -19.
Tickets start at $25. For show times and tickets, go to MiamiCityBallet.org.
Kravis Center – West Palm Beach
The Kravis Center hosts one of the most diverse arrays of dance companies, including the all-male, gender bending Les Ballets Trocaderos de Monte Carlo, affectionately known as the “Trocks,” Feb. 13 (also at the Arsht Center, Feb. 15); Moscow City Ballet performing “Swan Lake,” March 6; and the indescribable, yet incredibly pliable Pilobilus, April 2. For show times and tickets, go to Kravis.org.
Duncan Theatre – Palm Beach State College, Lake Worth
Situated on the Lake Worth campus of Palm Beach State College, the Duncan Theatre offers a Friday and Saturday dance series, featuring leading companies including Martha Graham Dance Company, Jan. 23 – 24; Paul Taylor Dance Company, Feb. 13 – 14; BodyVox, Feb. 27 – 28; and BodyTraffic, March 27 – 28. Subscriptions are $130 - 140 and individual performances are $45 at PalmBeachState.edu.
Broward Center – Fort Lauderdale
The Broward Center hosts the nation’s foremost African-American contemporary dance company, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Feb. 19 – 22. Headed by artistic director and Miami native Robert Battle, Ailey continues to forge new horizons in physical expression through dance. For tickets and show times, go to BrowardCenter.org.