Miami City Ballet’s new Heatscape thrills in debut

March 28, 2015 4:31 PM

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Miami City Ballet’s new Heatscape thrills in debut

Miami City Ballet’s biggest premiere of the season, Heatscape, which opened Friday in West Palm Beach, proved to be a vital, exhilarating delight. Justin Peck’s witty, whirling choreography and celebrated street artist Shepard Fairey’s gorgeously decorative backdrop combined to create a richly satisfying experience on many levels: kinetic, musical, visual and emotional.

There was an audible "ooohhh" from the audience at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts when the curtain lifted on Fairey’s set, which fills the back wall. The upper portion is a giant mandala in a sunburst of deep red and gold rays, while a bird image centers a band of four smaller (though sti...

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