The Miami City Ballet In Los Angeles
The performances built each day in quality of dance and enchantment of expression.
The final day, yesterday, Haiyan Wu, dancing "Liturgy", seemed to have had the audience absolutely mesmerized ! I certainly was !
The same day, and each day, Rolando Sarabia in "Nightspot" was Charisma Personified ! All the dancers, everyday, in this 'Masterwork' were 'right on' brilliant in their quality of dance and their total commitment !
As a child I grew up in the Los Angeles area. I am now visiting my father who lives outside of LA. Because of this, being here can elicit a feeling of warmth and happiness that is very special.
The Miami City Ballet also elicits this feeling along with a sense of family. You see them around the theater, alone or in friendly groups, and they are always relaxed and smiling. Edward Villella, former great Balanchine dancer and founder-director of the Miami City Ballet, in his regular pre-performance discussions with the audience, always expresses a feeling of love for his company, his dancers and the art form along with the way of life that the company represents.
In addition to the very high quality level of the company, this may also be the reason why dancers from all over the world, such as Haiyan Wu, a prima ballerina from China, and Rolando Sarabia, a primo dancer from Cuba, have joined the company.
This all shows in the dancing.
A Masterpiece !
A Mature And Sensitive Building By Twyla Tharp On All That She Has Done Before--Possibly Her Best Creation !
One very sympathetic internet regular, after several viewings of the first performances last April of "Nightspot", called it----"Charming!"----as well as giving it many other compliments.
It is a Twyla Tharp (choreographer) 'dance away' interpretation of the colorful Miami nightclub world. It also has a 'boy realizes what a good thing he has in his loving girlfriend' theme. This love theme, a committed, heartfelt effort by all the performers (dancers and musicians) and Twyla Tharp's absolute brilliance make "Nightspot" a warmly compelling and "Charming' experience as well as a Masterwork.
I have seen several of Twyla Tharp's best known works, "In The Upper Room" being a wonderful favorite, and I really feel that "Nightspot", being both a 'High Energy' and a 'Dreamy' creation, is possibly her best !
The music by Elvis Costello and the playing of this music are excellent ! A large orchestra and an onstage ten piece band interact and compliment each other wonderfully.
All the performances showed how talented, committed and heartwarming the Miami City Ballet really is.
I hope to be able to write some more at another time about all the excellent Miami City Ballet performances that I had the great pleasure of seeing this weekend.
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