Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami returns to live performance with a program to help people process the losses we’ve endured during the pandemic, but also celebrates the creativity and joy of dance, looking forward to a better future.
“Hopefully whoever comes will leave with a feeling of hope,” says Jennifer Kronenberg, the troupe’s co-founder and co-artistic director. “I’m very happy, very excited.”
Audiences can join the beloved local ballet company at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center's Backyard Lawn on Saturday, Feb. 20, and in the return of the Dance Talk series via SMDCAC's Facebook page on Friday, Feb. 12.
Multiple generations of talent will join us. Yanis Erik Pikieris, the young DDTM dancer who’s begun making a mark as a choreographer with the company, will talk about Castles in the Air, a quintet he created for the troupe’s digital performance series. Now Pikieris – son of Yanis Pikieris, the veteran Miami ballet figure who’s become an integral part of DDTM – has expanded his taut, abstract dance set to a Benjamin Britten work for string orchestra, featuring a live violinist. Also on tap is another rising Miami dancemaker - Ariel Rose, the Miami City Ballet dancer, talking about Esferas, the striking, strangely elegant trio which is the first piece DDTM commissioned.
RUTH, Ricordi per Due, is an elegy to loss, the final ballet by Gerald Arpino, co-founder of the legendary Joffrey Ballet, which shows a man imagining the return of his dead lover. The Chicago Tribune called it “simple and pure, it’s a poem of profound love and grief.”
Kronenberg says they’re staging RUTH to acknowledge the many lives lost to Covid-19. “It’s about dealing with loss, the strong memories of a loved one, and how do you go on when you’ve lost someone dear to you,” she says. “As much as we want to be happy and move forward, we thought it was important to say we’ve gone through this.” Cameron Basden, a close associate of Arpino who’s staged many of his works for DDTM, will help us explore this emotional pas de deux.
The show ends on a high, with Adiemus, an exuberant group piece by the senior Pikieris and David Palmer for their Maximum Dance company, a vibrant contemporary ballet troupe from the 90’s and early 2000’s. Palmer joins the panel to talk about a piece that DDTM’s dancers love, says Kronenberg. “This has brought so much joy to the company,” she says. “Every time the dancers do it there’s this overwhelming feel of excitement, hope and triumph that’s palpable. We can’t wait to do it onstage.”
The Dance Talk will be live streamed via the Center's Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/SMDCAC) account on Feb 12 at 7pm. Viewers will be able to comment and direct questions to the panelists through the comments section.