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Wynwood BID Partnership with Miami City Ballet Kicks into Gear with Dance Company’s First-Ever Wynwood Performance

Poetry in Motion performance set for Jan. 31

 Partnership brings January 31st performance of Poetry in Motion by Miami City Ballet School dancers

Miami, FL (January 14, 2019) – The Wynwood Business Improvement District (BID) and the world-renowned Miami City Ballet are kicking off their 2019 season partnership in bold fashion with Poetry in Motion, the company’s first-ever performance in Miami’s thriving urban arts district. On January 31st, performers from the Miami City Ballet School will thrill art, dance and music lovers with a debut program at the intimate Light Box at Goldman Warehouse in Wynwood. The activation is part of a broader partnership between the Wynwood BID and Miami City Ballet that includes sponsorship of the Ballet’s Wynwood-inspired Heatscape performance, as well as cultural programming for Wynwood-area school students.

 “The Wynwood BID is thrilled to serve as a corporate sponsor for the Miami City Ballet’s 2019 season, bringing world-class dance to the heart of Miami’s urban arts district, while helping share a bit of Wynwood with arts lovers across South Florida,” said Wynwood BID Vice Chairman Albert Garcia. “The arts are very much a part of Wynwood’s cultural DNA and this partnership underscores our commitment to cultural programming.”

 “Miami City Ballet couldn’t be prouder to partner with the Wynwood BID, Miami’s quintessential arts district,” said Alfredo Garcia, the Associate Executive Director of Miami City Ballet. “It’s a natural and welcome partnership that has already introduced school children to dance and ballet, and there’s plenty to look forward to in the weeks and months ahead, as our dancers bring the Miami City Ballet School to Wynwood for the first time ever, and take Wynwood’s unmistakable street art to South Florida audiences this spring.”

 Through this partnership, we’re equally excited to bring children from Wynwood and our neighboring Overtown areas to experience high-quality theater and performance art, often for the first time,” said Manny Gonzalez, Executive Director of the Wynwood BID. “The Wynwood BID is working on several new outreach initiatives that will further build bridges with our surrounding communities.”

 While Miami City Ballet School’s 2019 Wynwood debut is on January 31st, the partnership with the Wynwood BID has already made a positive mark on the local community. In December, the Wynwood BID invited nearly 160 students from schools in Wynwood and neighboring Overtown – including Phillis Wheatley Elementary, Jose De Diego Middle School and Dunbar Elementary – to attend a free Miami City Ballet performance of The Nutcracker at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. City of Miami Commissioner Keon Hardemon facilitated the transportation for the school children to and from the performance.

 Following the January 31st Poetry in Motion performance in Wynwood, the BID’s partnership with the Miami City Ballet will continue, as it serves as a sponsor of the Wynwood-inspired program Heatscape, created by Tony Award-winning choreographer Justin Peck. Peck was inspired to create Heatscape after a visit to the Wynwood Walls, and subsequently partnered with visual artist Shepard Fairey to create the vibrant, street art backdrops that indelibly link the program to Wynwood. A musical score by Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů rounds out the program, which will run throughout South Florida on the following dates:

 Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Miami:      February 22nd – 24th
Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Ft. Lauderdale:    March 9th and 10th
Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, West Palm Beach:   March 15th – 17th

In a high-visibility nod to the interplay between street art and performance art that Heatscape represents, the Arsht Center recently invited renowned Brazilian street artist Kobra to create a mural on the exterior of its Carnival Tower depicting a Brazilian-American Miami City Ballet School dancer. The recently completed mural serves as  a welcome visual and symbolic link of the BID’s productive partnership with the Miami City Ballet. Click on the following link to view a photo of the finished mural (Photo Credit: Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts): Kobra Mural

For more information on the Miami City Ballet School’s debut performance of Poetry in Motion in Wynwood and to purchase tickets to the one-night-only performance at the Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, please click here.

For more information on Heatscape or to purchase tickets to one of the scheduled shows, please click here.


 About the Wynwood Business Improvement District (BID)

The Wynwood BID is a municipal board of the City of Miami representing more than 400 property owners that comprise the 50-city-block Wynwood Arts District. Run by a Board of Directors who themselves are property owners from the community, the BID works to enhance security and sanitation services in the neighborhood, advocate for the betterment of the area, raise awareness of advancements being made, and plan for the future of Wynwood. For more information about the BID, visit: https://wynwoodmiami.com


About Miami City Ballet

Miami City Ballet — now in its 33rd season — was founded in 1985 by Miami philanthropist Toby Lerner Ansin and Founding Artistic Director Edward Villella. The Company has 52 dancers and a repertoire of more than 100 ballets. The Company performs for nearly 100,000 patrons annually during its South Florida home season in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and Naples, and tours to top theaters domestically and internationally. The Company is led by Executive Director Tania Castroverde Moskalenko and Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez. Miami City Ballet and the Miami City Ballet School, one of the most respected ballet academies in America, are headquartered in Miami Beach, Florida, at the Ophelia & Juan Js. Roca Center. For more information about the MCB, visit: https://www.miamicityballet.org