Magazine article Dance Magazine

Revolving Doors in Miami

Magazine article Dance Magazine

Revolving Doors in Miami

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Shifting alliances have turned South Florida dance figures into quick-claange artists. Only last spring David Palmer and Yanis Pikieris, choreographer-directors of the financially strapped Maximmn Dance Company, joined forces with Ballet Gamonet, a company in gestation ("Dance Matters," July 2005). The pair hoped to continue creative life with economic stability. That partner ship soon soured, however, and now Palmer and Pikieris have gone over to Miami City Ballet as program directors of a contemporary dance series to debut in January.

"The timing has been amazing," Palmer says. "Things were happening at Miami City, Ballet that made it possible for this project to snowball. It's interesting because of a very broad job description." The many hats Palmer and Pikieris wore at Maximum will come in handy as they scout for choreographers, negotiate contracts, rehearse the company, and coordinate performances. "There will be no problem with getting bored!" Palmer anticipates.

The enthusiasm he and Pikieris are riding has left behind their frustration upon resigning from Maximum Dance Ballet Gamonet in early August. As Palmer then commented about the troubled merger, "Yanis and I have a strong sense of collaboration. That's the only principle that could have made this succeed. In reality, we were not invited to fully participate."

They had to learn through a newspaper article--after a well-received May concert mostly of works by Jimmy Gamonet de los Heros, artistic director-in-chief of the twinned organization--about a name switch to Ballet Gamonet Maximum Dance. "We could see the writing on the wall," Palmer declared, perturbed by the flight of some dancers and board members.

Despite Palmer's and Pikieris' resignations, Gamonet remains confident about his first big venture since his job as resident choreographer at Miami City Ballet was axed more than five years ago. …

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