4.13.16 - 4.17.16

The Joyce Theater Foundation is proud to present Miami City Ballet, one of the largest and most esteemed ballet companies in the United States.  For this spectacular engagement, its first on the Koch Theater stage, the company performs two programs that include New York premieres of commissioned contemporary works by some of today’s most heralded choreographers: Justin Peck, Alexei Ratmansky, and Liam Scarlett.  Also on tap--Twyla Tharp’s Sweet Fields and classic pieces created by legendary choreographer George Balanchine.   The special opening night gala performance is a magnificent one, featuring Balanchine’s Serenade and Ratmansky’s Symphonic Dances.  One of the last dancers of her generation to work with Balanchine, former New York City Ballet principal Lourdes Lopez assumed the role of Miami City Ballet’s artistic director in 2012. 



     April 13, 7:30pm
     April 14, 7:30pm
     April 15, 8pm
     April 16, 2pm
     April 16, 8pm
     April 17, 2pm
     April 17, 7:30pm
    OPENING NIGHT GALA: Serenade, Symphonic Dances
    Symphony in Three Movements, Sweet Fields, Symphonic Dances
    Heatscape, Viscera, Bourrée Fantasque
    Heatscape, Viscera, Bourrée Fantasque
    Heatscape, Viscera, Bourrée Fantasque
    Symphony in Three Movements, Sweet Fields, Symphonic Dances
    Symphony in Three Movements, Sweet Fields, Symphonic Dances

See program descriptions below.



Bourrée Fantasque—George Balanchine

Music by Emmanuel Chabrier


One of Balanchine’s happiest, most glamorous concoctions, this four movement ballet for 42 dancers is “full of comic touches, high spirits, elegance, [and] lots of difficult dancing.” Nancy Reynolds, dance historian


Heatscape—Justin Peck

Music by Bohuslav Martinu, Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Orchestra


Combining the visual motif of a mural by Shepard Fairey, a score by alternative musician Sufjan Stevens, and Peck’s edgy choreography, Heatscape shows Peck’s gift for the “memorably picturesque.” The New York Times


Serenade—George Balanchine

Music by Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky


The first original ballet Balanchine created in America, Serenade is a milestone in the history of dance. From the moment the curtain rises revealing 17 women in long, blue tulle skirts, this ballet beautifully captures the romance and emotion in Tchaikovsky’s score.


Sweet Fields—Twyla Tharp

Music by William Billings, the Shaker tradition, and The Sacred Harp


Sweet Fields, a 1996 work by masterful choreographer Twyla Tharp, is a serene, elegant, and spiritual response to a group of Shaker songs and 18th century acapella hymns that recreates a long-lost world of community and human connection.


Symphonic Dances—Alexei Ratmansky

Music by Sergei Rachmaninoff


Commissioned by Miami City Ballet for its 2011-12 season, Ratmansky’s work is set to Rachmaninoff’s opus of the same name. Hinting at hidden stories, conflicts, and resolutions left to the audience’s imagination, the piece is “tumultuously beautiful” and “a cheering, to-the-balconies standing ovation.” The Miami Herald


Symphony in Three Movements—George Balanchine

Music by Igor Stravinsky


This plotless work for a large ensemble expresses the jazz flavor in Stravinsky’s score, featuring angular, turned-in movements and brisk walking sequences amidst some of Balanchine’s most intricate patterns.


Viscera—Liam Scarlett

Music by Lowell Liebermann


Scarlett specifically created this complex and urgent ballet to reflect Miami City Ballet’s outstanding energy, passion, musicality, and radiance. Meticulously crafted and gut-wrenching, this piece was instrumental in establishing Scarlett as one of the most significant young choreographers alive today.



Major support for The Joyce Theater Foundation's presentations at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater provided by:

The Pasculano Foundation


Support for The Joyce’s presentation of Miami City Ballet provided by:

Rita and Charles Bronfman



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