The XIII International Ballet Festival of Miami

By Manuela Gabaldon

As it has done for the past thirteen years, the International Ballet Festival of Miami, considered one of the most unique and successful festivals of its kind in the country, will summon dancers from all parts of the world to perform in various Miami theaters this Fall. The XIII International Ballet Festival of Miami promises a unique mixture of classic elegance and spirit that only Miami can deliver. Nights of contemporary ballet, performances by young ballet medal winners, a classical and neoclassical ballet gala, and the Cuban Ballet Grand Gala are sure to please local and visiting audiences.

One of Miami’s most cultural events, The XIII International Ballet Festival of Miami, presented by Miami Hispanic Ballet, American Airlines, and Miami-Dade College will take place August 29th through September 13th, 2008 throughout a variety of locations. This two-week festival, directed and founded by Pedro Pablo Peña, will begin with the reveal of the original poster for the event by Cuban artist Luis Miguel Rodriguez, as well as a Dance Film Series at a cocktail reception on Friday, August 29th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Tower Theater in Miami. In addition to anticipated performances, which will be held at the Manuel Artime Theater, the Colony Theater and the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts to name a few, the festival will also hold a number of activities including ballet master classes, dance workshops, a fine arts competition, and a dance film series. The festival then with a performance featuring The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Festival Closing Gala on September 14th, at 5:00pm at the Jackie Gleason Theater.

Under the direction of award winning choreographer and director Pedro Pablo Peña, and director’s assistant Eriberto Jimenez, a team from whom nothing less than brilliance should be expected, it is no wonder the International Ballet Festival of Miami has become such a central event in the South Florida dance calendar, earning Pedro Pablo Peña the Key to the City of Miami. This year, Peña and Miami welcome an eclectic mix of participating ballet companies from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, England, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Slovenia and parts of the United States. The XIII International Ballet Festival of Miami is an established contribution to the art community of South Florida and more than a ballet festival, it is an opportunity for Miami locals and visitors to become a part of an audience that will experience nothing short of magical as dancers from all over the world leave everything on our Miami stages.

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