Tony Award-winning choreographer Justin Peck and celebrated artist Shepard Fairey beautifully merge ballet and guerilla street art. Plus, Balanchine’s Duo Concertant, a violinist and pianist perform Stravinsky’s high-spirited music, alongside the two dancers.
Both the music and dancing made “Dances” an over-the-top success. Francisco Rennò turned in extraordinary renditions of Chopin’s works.
Sparkling invention will come with exclusivity when Miami City Ballet stages Brahms/Handel for the first time in South Florida. The unique collaboration between Jerome Robbins and Twyla Tharp, which premiered at New York City Ballet in 1984, both demarcates and merges the choreographic territories of its top-of-the-mountain creators. And from each of their sides the high view is bracing.
Last season MCB revamped the Balanchine classic. Gone was the phone-it-in first Act. The new sets and costumes by Ruben and Isabel Toledo were not only gorgeous, they multiplied the references to the Hoffmann short story, deepening the ballet.