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Miami City Ballet 2020-21 Season

Updated: Jun 5, 2020

Miami City Ballet (MCB) offers a love letter to the community for the 2020-21 season which marks the 35th Anniversary season. It’s a celebration of South Florida’s vibrant and richly diverse arts and culture scene, and the audiences that have been there throughout the company’s remarkable 35-year journey.

The season opens with three world-premieres by the innovative choreographers of today who will bring Miami’s bustling dance, music, fashion and visual arts scene together in a kaleidoscopic celebration of the Magic City. Thrilling repertory works honor the icons of choreography that propelled the company to international acclaim. And, the North American premiere of Alexei Ratmansky’s Swan Lake – makes the 2020-21 season one that will surely unite South Floridians in a celebration of the beauty, strength, and abundant joy that is the heart of Miami City Ballet.

Lourdes Lopez, MCB artistic director adds, “Throughout history, the arts have been the unifying glue that bond societies together. More than ever, this season celebrates our love and appreciation of you, the glue that has kept Miami City Ballet going for the past 35 years. The works presented here as part of our 35 th anniversary season illustrate the love, beauty, strength and resiliency that are a sheer reflection of the brilliant communities that have long inspired us and, have kept us moving throughout our journey. We look forward to performing an extraordinary season of dance filled with wonder, magic, joy and grace while unleashing our most powerful weapon: human potential.”

2020-21 35th Anniversary Season

Programming and Dates subject to change


A sizzling line-up of collaborative world-premieres all created with the heart and soul of the Magic City and South Florida communities in mind. MCB School graduate Durante Verzola will debut a sensual new work featuring designs by Miami-raised international fashion designer, Esteban Cortázar (Ungaro, Net-a-Porter). The “skilled and sophisticated” (New York Times) Princess Grace award-winner Claudia Schreier will debut a sexy-cool contemporary work mixed with dynamic visual artistry, providing the perfect canvas for MCB dancers to show off their electrifying kineticism. And, the “supremely gifted” (Vanity Fair), Miami-born, Alvin-Ailey star Jamar Roberts and genre-defying composer Sam Hyken, the creative force behind Nu Deco Ensemble will premiere a powerful new work.

Prodigal Son

Three emotionally charged works by three distinguished choreographers that pushed the boundaries of what we expect from ballet. These masterpieces helped fortify MCB’s position as a trusted leader in performing master repertory works: George Balanchine’s dramatic tale of sin and redemption Prodigal Son; Paul Taylor’s sensuous tango wrapped in the modern dance idiom Piazzolla Caldera; and Jerome Robbins’ visually stunning tribute to New York City, Glass Pieces.

Swan Lake

Audiences will discover why “this Swan Lake has become the one by which all others are judged,” (The New York Times) when MCB presents the North American premiere of Alexei Ratmansky’s full-length Swan Lake. The timeless and achingly beautiful ballet set to Tchaikovsky’s gorgeous score, has been beloved by audiences for over a century. For this Swan Lake, Ratmansky dug deep within the history of the fabled ballet, reconstructing some of the original choreography through extensive research and notations dating back to the 1895 Marius Petipa/Lev Ivanov production.

More than 50 dancers will adorn the stage in exquisite detail to tell the story of Prince Siegfried, Princess Odette and her fellow spellbound swans, the evil Baron and impostor Odile. From a grand and gorgeous medieval court to the lakeside under a midnight moon, the romance of this stunning Swan Lake will set your heart alight.

Afternoon of a Faun

Two titans of 20th century dance: George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins come together in works that beautifully demonstrate the dancers’ technical virtuosity and joie de vivre that is at the heart of the company. The line-up includes two Balanchine masterpieces – the neo-classical showstopper Symphony in Three Movements, the seminal work that launched MCB’s reputation as leaders in performing master repertory works, alongside the lightning bolt of joy Ballo della Regina. Plus, Jerome Robbins’ minimalistic nod to the narcissism of youth, Afternoon of a Faun and the company premiere of the rarely seen, sublimely contemplative, ancient Greece inspired Antique Epigraphs, both set to music by Claude Debussy. These Robbins works complement each other perfectly in this program by legends of choreography.

Of course, no season is complete without George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®. Come see how the “magic happens” (Los Angeles Times) when the famed holiday spectacular visits Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Palm Beach.

Ticket Information

Programming and Dates subject to change

Full Series (4-program) subscription packages start at $108 and go on sale beginning Monday, March 23, 2020. Subscriber benefits include pre-sale privileges with best choice of seats, free ticket exchanges, up to 23% off regular ticket prices on the Full series packages, 15% off MCB School community classes and branded merchandise and more.

Create Your Own Series packages are also available. See 3 or 4 performances flexibility in choice of dates and theaters. George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker® is available for selection for a Create Your Own Series.

Student and young professional special packages will also be made available in the Fall. Single tickets to the season will become available in August and announced at a later date.

Current Miami City Ballet Subscribers may renew their preferred seats for the 2020/21 Season at or call 305.929.7010.

Any subscriptions may be purchased through the Miami City Ballet Box Office, Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm:

Phone or text: 305.929.7010 or Toll Free 877.929.7010

Mail: 2200 Liberty Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139


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