Call us shallow, but our desire for Miami City Ballet only really flared up after news that the troupe was garnering standing ovations in Paris. Our hometown pirouetters, under the direction of Edward Villella, recently spent three weeks in Europe for the Les Etés de Danse Festival, performing 14 ballets at Pariss Théâtre du Châtelet. Crowds and critics went wild. Londons Financial Times went as far as to say MCBs exuberance and faith in the steps are infectious, and theirs is an all-American musicality that sheds new light on ballets that have grown formulaic and dull on this side of the Atlantic.
See what all the French fuss was about during two free showings of the new PBS television program Great Performances: Miami City Ballet Dances Balanchine & Tharp at the Miami City Ballets Studio Theater. The company will perform George Balanchines Square Dance and Western Symphony, as well as Twyla Tharps The Golden Section (music by David Byrne).
Sun., Oct. 2, 4 p.m., 2011