|Ballet Gamonet Fires Up the Stage
|Ballet Gamonet Fires Up the Stage with a World Premiere and the Return to the Stage of Prima Ballerina Iliana Lopez
May 12 & 13 at Gusman
May 20 & 21 at Bailey
Program IV- May 12 & 13, at the Gusman in downtown Miami and again on May 20 & 21 at Bailey Concert Hall in Davie, Ballet Gamonet’s playbill features new world premiere works and the notable return to the stage after retirement of star dancer Iliana Lopez.
The prima ballerina has rekindled her desire to perform since she signed on in August 2005 as Ballet Mistress to the company directed by Jimmy Gamonet de los Heros. Almost a year ago, she left her post of seventeen years at Miami City Ballet, motivated largely by the opportunity to work again with Gamonet de los Heros, a choreographer with whom she has always enjoyed a profound artistic connection.
This new chapter in Lopez’s performing career opens in a world premiere work created by Gamonet, a dramatic musical response to hope borne out of despair. Choreographed to “Symphony #3, Opus 36” by the composer Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki in 1976, Gamonet has created a non-narrative work which is a formal interpretation of the shapes and forms of the music. An ensemble of eight female dancers accompanies Ms. Lopez in an abstract and emotional meditation on motherhood and the hope it conveys.
Ms. Lopez is ecstatic about claiming the stage again, in a career that has boundless energy and verve. “I have always been inspired by Jimmy’s choreographic imagination, and it is with the greatest pleasure that I can interpret his ideas on stage,” she commented. Jimmy Gamonet is equally enthusiastic, and has stated, “that no other moves with such expression and finesse. It is a great treasure for our company to present Ms. Lopez in a new work.”
Ms. Lopez has had a brilliant career, filled with awards and international acclaim. In her home country of Venezuela, she joined the Ballet Nacional de Caracas at age sixteen and honed her craft in Germany for many years, later in Cleveland and then San Francisco. She has been celebrated in the White House, and her profile has graced the covers of “Dance” magazine, as well as “Pointe” magazine and “Dancer” magazine. A beloved fixture of the Miami City Ballet for 17 years, March 12, 2004 was declared “Iliana Lopez Day” by the City of Hialeah, and March 13, 2004 was proclaimed Miami City Ballet's “Sweethearts Day” by Miami-Dade County Mayor as a testament to her enduring appeal.
The program also features other original works by Gamonet de los Heros. "My Lady" is a paean to feminine power, an homage to the divine in woman, according to choreographer Jimmy Gamonet de los Heros. His choreographic response to a Baroque score is endless permutations of a solo female dancer shadowed by an ensemble of eight. Modern and neo-classical at once, My Lady is a signature Gamonet work.
The Big Band SUPERMEGATROID is a rousing, highly popular work in which ballet swings to an indelible Big Band score. Commissioned by the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts in 1996, Gamonet incorporated classic 1940s social dances into his ballet: the cakewalk; the Charleston and the Lindy, East Coast Swing with its high-voltage acrobatics, and West Coast Swing with its more elegant moves. A nostalgia trip for all, the tunes of Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman inspire a high-spirited dance that has become a Ballet Gamonet repertory standard.
To round out program IV, is The Cyclical Hour, choreographed by founder and artistic director of Complexions Contemporary Ballet of New York, Dwight Rhoden. In Cyclical hour, three couples perform dueling tangos.
With this program, Artistic Director Jimmy Gamonet de los Heros continues to define his singular style as a choreographer with inventive new works which surprise, while faithfully mining the canon of classical ballet. His company is a superpower on the world map of contemporary ballet, and the diverse and flourishing company continues to be an essential part of the dynamic cultural life in Miami.
Miami-Dade Friday & Saturday, May 12 & 13, 8pm Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, 174 E. Flagler, Downtown Miami
Broward: Saturday, May 20, 8pm & & Sunday, May 21, 3pm, Bailey Hall, 3501 SW Davie Road, Davie
Tickets: $50, $40, & $25
*discounts are available to seniors, student, and groups
For further information and for tickets, contact the office at 305-259-9775 or visit www.balletgamonet.org.
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