Miami City Ballet featured works choreographed by Balanchine, that is, Episodes and Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux¸ with the intermediate dance between the two being Robbins West Side Story Suite.
Under a collective title, that is, “Triple Threat”, the three dances, presented by Miami City Ballet were rather interesting. The live performance, showcased works initially choreographed by Balanchine and Robbins, thus adopting a modern and hip sensation characterized by significant dynamism. The first dance, Episodes, took place in five distinct pieces, giving one an opportunity to enjoy the intricate contortion and complicated positions adopted by the dancers. The performance provided me with a unique opportunity to enjoy contemporary ballet, but still appreciate the historical authenticity and recognition of George Balanchine’s 1959 Episodes and Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux, and Jerome Robbins 1995 West Side Story Suite. The performance also bore historical significance, since Balanchine’s works portrayed the choreographer’s formal style, as he started to explore contemporary ballet after moving to America from Russia. On the other hand, the performance showcased Robbins’ choreography, as the modern ballet pioneer created his trendy urban moves, which contributed significantly to the success of the West Side Story musical on Broadway.
In the first act, the choreography was rather intriguing, as the dancer moved in a graceful and rhythmical way to a solo segment that is not performed often, thus remaining unique to the Miami City Ballet. The dancer’s big, strong and athletic made it possible for him to carry the solo in a manner that fascinated me immensely. Another piece in this first act showcased two artists, a male and female, who engaged in an interesting duet. As one spun and leapt to the right and the other in the opposite direction, I could not help but ponder how they managed to maintain their balance. The graceful duet