By Kingsley Guy
“Ballet is important and significant, yes. But first of all, it is a pleasure.” So said the late George Balanchine, often called “the father of American ballet.”
Two of the famed choreographer’s works will be featured in the opening program of Miami City Ballet’s 2013-14 season, which begins Oct.18 at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami. Bello della Regina is set to the music of Verdi, and Serenade to Tchaikovsky.
In keeping with new artistic director Lourdes Lopez’s pledge to expand the company’s repertoire to reflect evolving choreographic styles, the program also includes the Miami premiere of Christopher Wheeldon’s contemporary work Polyphonia, set to a series of piano pieces by Hungarian-born composer György Ligeti.
The program opens on Oct. 25 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale, and on Nov. 15 at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach.