Miami City Ballet Program FourConcerts & Performances
Program Four includes Divertimento No. 15, Arden Court and Who Cares? George Balanchine loved Mozart’s 15th divertimento so deeply – he regarded it as the greatest divertimento ever composed – that he created two different ballets to it. The second, from 1956, remains in the repertories of ballet companies around the world – beloved for its elegance, its charming relaxed classicism, its melodic fluency. And for its five virtuoso ballerina roles. One of Paul Taylor’s best-loved works, Arden Court returns to MCB after 15 years – rushing, leaping, cavorting through space to the exhilarating Baroque music of William Boyce. It’s easy to see why since its 1981 premiere it has been one of Taylor’s biggest critical and popular triumphs. Who Cares? choreographed by Balanchine, music by Gershwin, builds and builds, from zippy work for the corps through a series of jaunty duets for five semi-soloist couples, to the glowing heart of the matter: one guy – a supreme hoofer – partnering three ballerinas in ravishing duets, interspersed by astounding solos for the three ballerinas, then a solo for the guy, and finally everyone together in a joyous romp of a finale. This ballet set the seal on the stardom of Jacques d’Amboise and Patricia McBride (“The Man I Love” and “Fascinatin’ Rhythm”). Tickets from $20.
Saturday, April 8 @ 8:00 PM
Sunday, April 9 @ 2:00 PM