The season runs October 2011 through April 2012 at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami, Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale and Kravis Center in West Palm Beach.

Program I opens the season with four compelling ballets that run the gamut from classic to contemporary: George Balanchine’s breezy and exuberant American classic, Square Dance;  Jerome Robbins’ Afternoon of a Faun, a riveting duet between a young man in a dance studio absorbed by his reflection in a mirror, and a young woman who interrupts his reverie; Christopher Wheeldon’s Liturgy, an intensely sensual and haunting pas de deux, set to the contemporary sounds of composer Arvo Pärt and In the Upper Room, Twyla Tharp’s explosive, signature masterwork – an endurance test filled with power and speed, leaving the audience, and dancers, breathless.



The highlight of Program II is a still-to-be-named World Premiere ballet by Liam Scarlett, The Royal Ballet of London’s most successful young choreographer.  He has accepted a commission from Miami City Ballet to create his first work for an American company.   A coup for South Florida audiences!  Also on this program are In the Night, Jerome Robbins’ valentine to love, experienced through three glamorous pas de deux, danced against a star-studded night sky to Chopin’s ravishing piano music, and Ballet Imperial, a Balanchine masterpiece he described as “a contemporary tribute to Petipa, the father of classical ballet, and to Tchaikovsky, his greatest composer.”


The final two programs of the season bring to the stage two full-length classics:


Program III with Giselle, the quintessential 19th –Century romantic ballet – telling the story of a young peasant girl betrayed by her disguised aristocratic lover and

Program IV with Coppélia.  The charm and humor of this classic romantic comedy, plus the sheer joy of its Delibes score, have kept Coppélia in the repertory ever since its Paris premiere in 1870.

The 2011-12 season will also feature the audience holiday favorite, George Balanchine’s The NutcrackerTM  this December at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami and Broward Center in Fort Lauderdale.  A delightful treat for the entire family, with beautiful sets, lavish costumes, dazzling special effects and Tchaikovsky’s glorious music, featuring a large cast of talented children from South Florida performing with MCB’s international ballet stars.









Program I

Square Dance (Balanchine/Vivaldi and Corelli)

Afternoon of a Faun (Robbins/Debussy)

Liturgy (Wheeldon/Pärt)

In The Upper Room (Tharp/Glass)

Adrienne Arsht Center:

October 21-23

Broward Center: October 28-30

Kravis Center: December 9-11


George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™


Adrienne Arsht Center: December 15-18

Broward Center: December 21-24


Program II

World Premiere Ballet by Liam Scarlett (Scarlett/TBA)

In the Night (Robbins/Chopin)

Ballet Imperial (Balanchine/Tchaikovsky)

Adrienne Arsht Center:

January 6-8

Kravis Center: January 27-29

Broward Center: February 3-5



Program III

Giselle (Coralli and Perrot/Adam)

Adrienne Arsht Center: February 17-19

Broward Center: February 24-26

Kravis Center: March 9-11

Program IV



Broward Center: March 23-25

Adrienne Arsht Center:

March 30 – April 1

Kravis Center: April 13-15

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