The Royal Ballet’s Liam Scarlett choreographs for Miami City Ballet

January 13, 2013

Ballet News

The Royal Ballet’s Liam Scarlett choreographs again for Miami City Ballet

Miami City Ballet dancers in the world premiere of Liam Scarlett’s Euphotic. Photo © Daniel Azoulay.

Miami City Ballet dancers in the world premiere of Liam Scarlett’s Euphotic. Photo © Daniel Azoulay.

Liam Scarlett recently became The Royal Ballet’s Artist in Residence and is now choreographing full time. He’s in demand the world over and has recently premiered a new work for Miami City Ballet called Euphotic. Rehearsal footage shows Scarlett talking about the piece and how hard the dancers have worked on it. Euphotic opened on Friday at the Ziff Ballet Opera House at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami. It concludes Miami City Ballet’s Program II: Tradition and Innovation – which also features master works by George Balanchine (Divertimento No. 15 and Duo Concertant) and Marius Petipa (Don Quixote Pas de Deux).

Scarlett electrified the dance world last season with the world premiere of Viscera, with Miami City Ballet principal dancer Jeanette Delgado, whom Scarlett considers his muse, and who is once again cast as a lead in Euphotic, which Scarlett describes as a sequel to Viscera. Euphotic is a closing ballet that finishes three classic ballets,” Scarlett explains. “Thus, the audience expects something that ends the evening with a statement.” Set to Lowell Liebermann’s epic Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra, Opus 36 and with costumes and scenic designs by Scarlett himself, Euphotic unfolds with the rippling arpeggios of Liebermann’s score and guides its audience through a world of subliminal depths, celestial heights and transcendent beauty. For a cast of 28 dancers, four movements of pure dance are led by three outstanding principal women and their partners.

Scarlett’s costume designs represent the depth of the sea and the light of the sky. Colours include midnight blue to bright yellow tones. His scenic design is an abstract painted backdrop that when lit changes color to enhance and support the movement of the dancers.

Tickets are now on sale by calling the Miami City Ballet Box Office at (305) 929-7010, toll-free (877) 929-7010 or online.  Group Discounts (10 or more) are available by calling (305) 929-7001.

These four ballets will also be presented at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts in Naples, Florida as “Program I” on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 2 pm and 8 pm and on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 8 pm. Tickets are now on sale by calling The Phil’s box office toll-free at (800) 597-1900, ext. 2 or online.

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