What do you get when you mix a set design by guerilla street artist Shepard Fairey, a piano concerto from 1925 written by Bohuslav Martinů, and choreography by Justin Peck? The answer: Heatscape, a ballet that is boldly fresh and energetic. http://youtu.be/edLZ67S0G5I
Lourdes Lopez, Artistic Director of the Miami City Ballet, commissioned Peck to do a new piece for their 2015 season. The piece has been almost a year in the making. She explained that working with a living choreographer changes a dancer, making them better at their craft. Peck said that he likes to turn the classical ballet format “upside down” thus creating a work that feels fresh – one in which no one dancer is a soloist. Instead his ballets highlight dancers’ individual strengths and in my opinion, their athleticism.
Peck “discovered” Shepard Fairey’s (ObeyGiant) street art while walking around Miami’s Wynwood Art District and his work resonated with him. Fairey, who hadn’t previously designed for the stage, worked with Peck to come up with a background that is contemporary and as bold as the ballet and Bohuslav Martinů’s concerto. The design stems from Fairey’s mandala paintings which Peck likened to how he feels about ballet – it’s the midpoint from which everything else comes. LAR
Miami City Ballet’s Heatscape
Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, West Palm Beach March 27-29, 2015
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Miami April 1-12, 2015
Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale April 17-10, 2015
Ticket prices: $40/ $35 member