Magazine article Dance Magazine

International Ballet Festival of Miami

Magazine article Dance Magazine

International Ballet Festival of Miami

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INTERNATIONAL BALLET FESTIVAL OF MIAMI JACKIE GLEASON THEATER, MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA SEPTEMBER 19-20, 1998

One swallow doesn't make a summer, they say, but in the midst of the dol-drums, how many fine ballerinas does it take to give a festival wings? If just a handful, then the third annual International Ballet Festival of Miami certainly took flight.

This event, directed by Pedro Pablo Pena of Miami Hispanic Ballet, reached its highest points through Ana Lobe's artistry and Tamara Rojo's authority, remaining aloft with Rosario Suarez, Laura Urgelles, and a few other dancers. Although Urgelles opened the first evening in the pas de trois Pasion y Fuego, her performance of Fernando Bujones's Spanish-hued choreography, which covered a much-trod arena using bullfighting imagery for love and death, looked uninvolved. To display drive, Urgelles's true ground proved to be Tim Melady's Between Blue Moons, where the clamor called for athleticism matched by her partner, the choreographer, from Hartford Ballet.

Participants from Les Ballets Jazz de Montreal (Nathalie Huot, Robert Rubinger, and Eric Miles) furthered the presence of the contemporary with smooth dancing in the mechanistic duet Max Mon Amour and James Kudelka's quirky, Beatles-inspired trio, Come Together. The keyed-up pieces of other companies were not as successful, although Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico made a vivid mark with Julio Lopez's Piazzolla en Concierto, and Aspen Ballet's Angela Rogers and Seth Del Grasso forcefully executed Dwight Rhoden's Black and White, despite the all-too-mannered choreography. …

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