August 26th through September 18th, 2011
Founder & Artistic Director: Pedro Pablo Peña
Miami/ Coconut Grove/Fort Lauderdale/ Miami Beach
CONSIDERED THE MOST IMPORTANT BALLET FESTIVAL IN THE UNITED STATES FEATURING
WORLD-WIDE PRESTIGIOUS BALLET COMPANIES REPRESENTED BY THEIR GREATEST STARS!
Like Miami’s changing skyline, with elbowing cranes silently slicing the air bringing high-rising condos to life and laying the backbone for an urban hub, a point to gather a sprawling city’s diversity, so has the International Ballet Festival of Miami (IBFM) woven itself into the cultural fabric of our city offering an opportunity for audiences to see some of the world’s leading companies and ballet stars.
Over the past fifhteen years, the IBFM has brought to the stage hundreds of talented principal dancers representing the best companies from around the world and a special performance dedicated to young medal winners of International Ballet Competitions, in collaboration with Youth America Grand Prix. IBFM offers the community a unique chance to share in a celebration of dance, creating a buzz and generating excitement for our dedicated local, national and international audiences of over 11,000, as well as students of dance, the future bearers of the torch.
Under the resilient direction of Pedro Pablo Peña the Festival has become a Fall staple on the South Florida calendar with five spectacular performances at four theaters. At the Etoiles Classical Grand Gala performance “A Life for Dance” Lifetime Achievement Award is presented. the 2010 recipient was the legendary 20th century dancer choreographer and director, Milorad Miskovitch. At the Festival Closing Gala of the Stars all companies appear with a different program and a critics award “Criticism and the Culture of Dance” is presented: our 2010 recipient was acclaimed Danish Dance critic and Bournonville expert & author Erik Aschengreen.
Collateral activities include a dance film series in collaboration with Dance Films Association, New York City, the official IBFM poster unveiling, a dance-inspired fine arts exhibit, workshops, master classes .
The IBFM’s continuing success is a testament to the genuine need our community has for an event of this magnitude, one forged and nourished in the very diversity and multiplicity that defines our city and has put Miami on the map as a Ballet mecca. Now in its 16th season, the International Ballet Festival of Miami is recognized as one of the most acclaimed ballet festivals in the United States.
American Ballet Theater, USA
Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami, USA
New York City Ballet, USA
Carolina Ballet, USA
Luna Negra, USA
Ballet do Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janiero, Brazil
Ballet Santiago, Chile
Ballet Nacional Dominicano, Dominican Republic
English National Ballet, England
Staatsballett Berlin, Germany
Hungarian National Ballet, Hungary
Balletto Teatro di Torino, Italy
Gabriele Rossi Dance, Italy
India World Cultural Forum, India
Compañía Taller Coreografico, Mexico
Ballet Teatro Rafael Aguilar, Spain
Victor Ullate Ballet, Spain