Miami City Ballet Debut in Paris:
Sold Out Performances and Standing Ovations!
By Roberto Santiago
Did Miami City Ballet take Paris by storm when it made its three-week debut this summer in the City of Light at the famed Théâtre du Châtelet?
Miami City Ballet principal dancer Patricia Delgado rehearsing at the Theatre du Chatelet July 2011 -- photo by Linda Hervieux
The international press says it all:
“Miami City Ballet is pulling off some of the most refreshing performances ever seen in Paris. An unprecedented undertaking for the company’s founder and director, former Balanchine star Edward Villella. The audience’s reaction has been rapturous.” − The Financial Times (of London), July 15, 2011
“[Miami City Ballet has] wowed discerning Parisian audiences and critics during the company’s first tour at the venerable Théâtre du Châtelet.” − The New York Daily News, July 27, 2011
“The toast of Paris! Regular standing (even screaming) ovations from sold-out audiences filling the 2,500 seat theatre.” − The Miami Herald, July 17, 2011
“Miami City Ballet gives goosebumps to fans of dance.” − Le Monde, July 14, 2011
Miami City Ballet was the only company appearing in the Théâtre du Châtelet’s seventh annual Les Étés de la Danse festival July 6-23, 2011 which, in years past, has hosted The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, The National Ballet of Cuba, The San Francisco Ballet and Mikhail Baryshnikov.
Miami City Ballet’s debut in Paris was a top grosser for the Théâtre du Châtelet. Ticket sales exceeded more than 95 percent, with most shows completely sold out, for each of Miami City Ballet’s 17 performances. This enormous success has earned the company an invitation to perform in Paris again in July 2014.
But most satisfying is that Miami City Ballet