A Triumphant Premiere

Miami City Ballet premiered Viscera, choreographed by Royal Ballet dancer Liam Scarlett, last weekend. It was Scarlett's first work for an American company. MCB principal Patricia Delgado has been documenting the experience for Pointe. (Read her first entries here and here.)

Liam Scarlett has changed Miami City Ballet forever!  What an a amazing weekend for Liam and everyone here in Miami. Viscera was a great success--the audience went crazy for the dancers, the orchestra, our incredible pianist Francisco Renno, the lighting, the costumes...and most of all, for Liam!


Friday night was extra special: The entire audience was on their feet after Viscera. I have to explain what a big deal that is in Miami. Our audiences appreciate our performances, but it is rare to see a standing ovation after the first ballet of the evening!

Liam was very touched, and we were newly inspired after working with him. It showed in the dancing of the rest of the evening, and I know it will continue to resonate in our minds, bodies and spirits throughout the rest of the season.

I think Liam found what he was looking for--and so did we!

Latest Posts


Getty Images

What's Ahead for Ballet Companies in the Age of COVID-19?

Let's be frank: No one knows what's ahead for the performing arts in the U.S. With COVID-19 forcing the cancellation of nearly a year of performances so far, including many Nutcrackers, ballet companies face a daunting path ahead with no roadmap for how to survive. While schools can offer classes online or in small groups, what does the future hold for companies when it's not safe to gather large audiences or corps de ballet?

"We are in for a very hard set of months," says Michael M. Kaiser, chairman of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland. "Nothing will change until there's a vaccine."

Pointe set out to find out what the new normal looks like while the virus is with us.

Keep reading SHOW LESS
Getty Images

7 Tips for Improving Your Piqué Turns, Plus Advice for Practicing at Home

A string of piqué turns en dedans, says Erica Fischbach, director of Colorado Ballet Academy, should appear powerful yet effortless. "The effect you want to create is that you're flying." Here are her tips to achieve this as you whirl through the ends of your variations. Plus, don't miss the video below for Fischbach's advice on how to practice piqué turns while training at home.

Keep reading SHOW LESS
BalletMet costume shop manager Erin Rollins in a costume fitting with Leiland Charles. Jennifer Zmuda, Courtesy BalletMet

A Costume Shop Manager's Expert Advice for Making Your Dancewear Last Longer

What's the best way to extend the life of your favorite leotard or piece of workout wear? Aside from fabric quality, it largely comes down to what you do on laundry day.

We spoke with Erin Rollins, costume shop manager at BalletMet, for her top tips on keeping your beloved dancewear in rotation for years to come. (Spoiler alert: No, washing and drying everything on the same setting isn't advised.)

Keep reading SHOW LESS

Editors' Picks