Jimmy Gamonet de los Heros Dies at 63; Helped Ballet in Miami
The corporate’s debut program targeted on works by George Balanchine — the Metropolis Ballet founder whose repertory nonetheless dominates Miami Metropolis’s — but in addition included Mr. Gamonet’s “Transtangos,” which grew to become an organization signature.
Mr. Gamonet was prolific, creating a number of ballets each season. He described himself as a neoclassical choreographer, indebted to Balanchine but in addition to the theatricality of his dad and mom. His vary prolonged from remakes of Spanish-themed classics like “Paquita” and “Carmen” to unique items set to Bach or, in “Huge Band Supermegatroid,” to swing music.
In a 1989 evaluate in The Washington Publish, Alan M. Kriegsman wrote that Mr. Gamonet’s works confirmed “a expertise filled with aptitude and spice, in addition to an instinctive feeling for dancerly rhetoric, but in addition — not unexpectedly — some compositional shortcomings and immaturity.”
Music all the time got here first for Mr. Gamonet, with shut examine of the rating. “Two in the morning,” Mr. Mursuli recalled, “and he would nonetheless be making ready, making notes in the rating along with his headphones on.”
The ballerina Iliana Lopez, who originated many roles in Mr. Gamonet’s items for Miami Metropolis, stated, “He got here with the choreography in his head,” and added, “He made me really feel lovely and free in his work, and never each choreographer can try this.”
In rehearsal and in class, Mr. Gamonet was typically comedian, with a nickname for everybody, however he anticipated dancers to work as exhausting as he did. “He would all the time say, ‘No one’s hand is handcuffed to the barre,’” Mr. Mursuli stated. “In case you didn’t wish to work exhausting, you may depart.” However, he added, Mr. Gamonet was additionally beneficiant: “I can’t inform you what number of instances he helped dancers who have been brief on cash.”
In 2000, Mr. Gamonet’s place with Miami Metropolis Ballet was eradicated. From 2004 to 2009 he ran his personal firm in Miami, Ballet Gamonet. On the Ballet Nacional del Peru, he revived his previous works and created new ones, together with a full-length “Romeo and Juliet” in 2019.
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