Miami City Ballet brought a distinctively New York City Ballet-centric program to Lincoln Center, with three works by choreographers very familiar to NYCB audiences: Justin Peck, Liam Scarlett and George Balanchine. It was perhaps a statement by Artistic Director Lourdes Lopez that the company can now be compared on the same footing as her alma mater.
While the dancers executed Peck’s “Heatscape” and Scarlett’s “Viscera” almost impeccably, it was Balanchine’s “Bourree Fantasque” where they really proved their mettle. With precision in the familiar NYCB breakneck tempo, they may also have added a bit of color in a verve I am not accustomed to at the Koch Theater. Former ABT soloist Simone Messmer perhaps exemplifies this the best with her vivacity in the second movement.