By Greg Carannante
City & Shore Magazine
Lovers of ballet have exactly 102 pointed reasons to be in South Florida this season – the number of feet in Miami City Ballet’s company of dancers. That’s especially true this month as one of the world’s elite companies performs another grand jeté: the world premiere of The Fairy’s Kiss by Alexei Ratmansky.
One of the 21st century’s choreographic heavyweights, Ratmansky returns for his second commission with MCB, following 2013’s Symphonic Dances. The Fairy’s Kiss, a new narrative ballet that anchors Program Three, features a large cast and striking visual effects. Its powerful story is based on a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale with a melodious score by – surprise! – Igor Stravinsky. Inspired by Tchaikovsky, the music so moved George Balanchine that he set it to three ballets.
Speaking of Balanchine, MCB is regarded as a world-class interpreter of the master and continues the love affair in Program Three with the company premiere of his Walpurgisnacht Ballet. Christopher Wheeldon’s Polyphonia rounds out the program, which makes consecutive appearances at the Arsht, Broward and Kravis centers during the span of Feb. 10-March 12.
For more info on The Fairy’s Kiss, and all MCB performances, please visit miamicityballet.org.