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We humans do love our rituals. When an extended family gathers for the holidays, familiar traditions promise a comforting respite from an increasingly complex, chaotic world. Still, realistically, troubles and fears refuse to be left behind. They surface like unwelcome guests. So do resentments and stinging remarks born of deep knowledge. With Thanksgiving on the horizon, you wonder: ..

After a tryout run in Chicago, 34 previews and 746 performances on Broadway, and a tour launch in Buffalo, “On Your Feet!” has finally opened in the place where Cuban-born music superstars Gloria and Emilio Estefan made their dreams come true: Miami. At Friday’s red carpet opening at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, with the Estefans and their extended family in atte..

Whether the comedy is high or low, performer-writer Steve Martin has been making moviegoers, “Saturday Night Live” fans and theater lovers laugh for more than half a century – hard to believe it’s been that long, but he started early. Martin’s way with both cerebral jokes and physical comedy is abundantly on display in “The Underpants,” his 2002 adaptation of Carl Sternheim’s once-ban..

Robert Schenkkan’s “Building the Wall” begins as a wary conversation between two strangers: Rick, a white male convict awaiting a likely death sentence, and Gloria, a black female historian and college professor. For 90 minutes, the two talk. She probes; he explains and justifies and slowly paints a picture of a man-made Seventh Circle of Hell. By the time the play ends, the audience ..

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ award-winning play “An Octoroon” layers an antebellum melodrama with 21st-century parlance and perspective. The result is an innovative play-within-a-play that skillfully reminds us of slavery’s horrible past and its ever-present legacy. Area Stage Company’s production, thoughtfully directed by John Rodaz, brings together a talented cast to ensure this melodra..

Even before the election that transformed billionaire reality TV star Donald J. Trump into the 45th president of the United States, playwright Robert Schenkkan was so disturbed by the candidate’s anti-immigrant rhetoric that he decided to respond. Not with a Tweet. Not with an opinion-page essay. The Pulitzer Prize winner spoke back to candidate Trump with a full-length play. “Building..

“Baño de Luna,” written and directed by Pulitzer-prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz and presented by Arca Images and the Miami-Dade County Auditorium, marks the debut of the Spanish-language version of “Bathing in Moonlight,” the original English production that debuted at the prestigious McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, N.J., in 2016. Performed by a stellar cast in Spanish..

Rafael Nofal’s play “El tiempo de la mandarinas” (“Season for Tangerines”) tackles the very relevant and disturbing theme of human trafficking. Produced by Antiheroes Project, this moving play is in its last week at Artefactus Teatro, a well-purposed black box and gallery space in a smattering of warehouses in Kendall. Nofal’s text removes overt violence and male characters fr..

Joshua Harmon’s savagely funny “Bad Jews” is an emotional cage match set in a pricey Manhattan studio apartment. The combatants are Daphna Feygenbaum (Hannah Benitez), a soon-to-be Vassar grad who plans to move to Israel, marry a man no one in the family has met and become a rabbi, and her cousin Liam Haber (Joseph Paul Pino), a master’s degree candidate and atheist who intends to..

The play begins, as it must, with the velvet voice of Nat King Cole crooning “Mona Lisa.” After all, how many paintings inspire an Oscar-winning song? For that matter, how many masterpieces survive damage, theft and the rapacious covetousness of collectors for more than half a millennium? Leonardo da Vinci’s “La Gioconda,” popularly known as the Mona Lisa, is that inspi..

Film and Theatre Archive.

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It was only a few decades ago that finding a professional, locally produced performance was an aerobic dance in itself. But after the Miami City Ballet (established 1985), the New World School of the Arts (1987), and the New World Symphony (1988) planted their feet, Miami developed a serious grounding for dance and music. Daniel Lewis, founding dean of dance of New World School of the Art..

A 50th anniversary calls for gold in celebration. But Balanchine’s “Jewels”­—a sublime marriage of music and choreography from 1967—brings Emeralds, Rubies,and Diamonds. Those precious stones give name and color to the three sections ofa work recognized as the first full-length non-narrative ballet, a fitting opener for Miami City Ballet’s gem-studded season at the Arsht Cente..

When the Limon Dance Company returns to Miami-Dade this weekend, it brings with it the powerful vision of founder José Limon. He was a man deeply concerned about and connected to the humanity of his fellow human beings – what a concept in these uncivil times. The company is presenting three of his works, along with pieces by artistic director Colin Connor and local star choreographer Rosi..

When Cardi B, with her trademark no-filter attitude, raps in her recent hit “Bodak Yellow” – Now I don’t got to dance/I make money move – she has something to sing about, with her smash hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Although Jonzi D, organizer of Breakin’ Convention – a festival of hip hop art forms descending on the Arsht Center Friday and Saturday – sees a landmark in Cardi B’s su..

Despite a packed show schedule, including performing with the Frankfurt Opera in “Rinaldo,” Sarasota native, dancer and choreographer James McGinn had a chance to discuss the upcoming dance-opera “Ing and Die.” Wesent him the questions and then he answered in an audio interview. During the interview he mulled the factors influencing the “shape shifting love story” of “Ing an Die,”coming to the..

Anniversaries usually celebrate the success of a partnership with symbolic gifts of crystal, china, silver and gold. For the Arts Ballet Theater of Florida, the company celebrates 20 years of bringing dance to South Florida with red, brown, lilac, pink, and orange – the names of the movements of the late Venezuelan dancer and choreographer Vicente Nebrada’s, Nuestros Valses, as part of th..

The songs are familiar; the love story is also familiar but made fresh in “On Your Feet!,” the musical biography that comes to Miami this week. The narrative of Emilio and Gloria Estefan meeting, falling in love and creating a long-lasting partnership -- both professional and personal -- is told through the music and songs they created and successfully presented to the world. “On You..

Dance lovers in Miami know that for the past two decades the International Ballet Festival of Miami (IBFM) has made the city in September a magnet for the brightest stars in the world of ballet. The IBFM – now in its 22nd year under the leadership of Miami ballet icon, Pedro Pablo Peña -- packs an incredible six nights of dance over three weeks from September 2 through Septembe..

Orlando Taquechel, dance critic for two decades at the El Nuevo Herald (and now a contributor to Artburst), will have a book signing and discussion of his new book, “La danza in Miami (1998-2017): las reseñas cuentan su historia,” at 8:00 p.m., Friday, Sept. 29 at the Miami Hispanic Cultural Arts Center as part of the International Ballet Festival of Miami. Artburstcaught up with him..

The name Flamenco conjures the machine-gun snap of heels, arms arched overhead, the flick of red fabric and laser-like glares from beneath the starched black brim of a Cordobes hat. At the edges of a bright spotlight sit a semi-anonymous guitarist and singer providing musical backdrop for all the dancer’s sinewy goodness. Husband and wife team Celia and Paco Fonta would like to ch..

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There are few artists who have had the impact in their disciplines that guitarist Paco De Lucía had in flamenco. There is a before-and-after De Lucía in flamenco. He expanded the harmonic vocabulary, incorporated instruments from outside the tradition, and had a curiosity that led him to collaborations with artists as disparate as jazz guitarist John McLaughlin, pianist Chick Corea and Br..

Yoli Mayor is a 22-year old Miami native who won over the judges of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” with her power voice (think Adele mixed with Etta James). This weekend, Miami audiences will have the opportunity to experience firsthand the incredible talent of Mayor as she croons familiar hits as well as original material at Miami-Dade County Auditorium. Mayor’s concert is the season o..

You might expect something a tad unusual from a jazz band comprised of Bulgarians and Cubans that’s led by the principal percussionist of the Miami Symphony Orchestra. And that’s what you’ll get at the Errol Rackipov Group’s release concert for its latest album, “Distant Dreams,” on Monday, Sept. 11, in Coral Gables. “It’s very different jazz from the standard straight-ahead jazz. Not..

Not everybody who begins a musical career at age three singing in his grandfather’s Pentecostal Church finds his way to the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Soloman Howard did in two short decades. Howard, who never stopped regarding music as ministry, will perform this weekend at the Arsht Center as part of the Miami Music Festival’s Wagner Institute. The evening, which includes select..

Singer-songwriter Tiago Iorc may have been one of Brazil’s best-kept secrets, but the word is getting out. Fresh from appearances in New York, Boston and Orlando, Iorc makes his South Florida debut on Sunday, July 16. “Tiago Iorc has reached impressive levels of popularity and recognition in Brazil,” Gene de Souza, host of Cafe Brasil on WDNA-FM, said via email. He’s also development ..

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Esta es una gran noticia para el público amante del ballet en Miami. Tras un paréntesis de diez años en los que solo nos visitó de manera esporádica, la Primera Bailarina mexicana Katia Carranza regresa esta temporada al Miami City Ballet (MCB), la compañía de sus grandes triunfos. Miami descubrió a una jovencísima Katia a inicios de la década del 2000 en obras de Balanchine como Vals..

Solo hay que aplicar el concepto “seis grados de separación” a uno de los artistas que se han presentado en las Galas de Estrellas del Festival Internacional de Ballet de Miami (IBFM por sus siglas en inglés) para descubrir que Pedro Pablo Peña, su incansable director fundador, es lo más cercano a Kevin Bacon que tiene Miami como ícono de interconectividad. Peña ha invitado tantas ce..

El debut de Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami (DDTM) en noviembre del año pasado fué un acontecimiento artístico y un descubrimiento sumamente agradable. Una sola función en el Miami-Dade County Auditorium resultó suficiente para demostrar que sus fundadores y directores artísticos, Jennifer Kronenberg y Carlos Guerra, saben armar un buen programa y dejar complacidos a los espectadores. ..

El festival “Out in the Tropics”, patrocinado por Fundarte en conjunto con el Centro Cultural Español y el Miami Book Fair International, normalmente trae artistas del mundo LGBTQ e hispanohablante. Según su fundador, Éver Chávez, hoy día están expandiendo la gama de sus actuaciones para incluir artistas no homosexuales a quienes les inquietan temas como el feminismo o los roles de género..

La Gala anual de Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami (CCBM) es un evento que esperan con ansiedad los aficionados al ballet en Miami y, sobre todo, los admiradores del estilo cubano. Desde su debut en 2006 CCBM ha hecho historia invitando a figuras importantes y presentado a artistas recién llegados de Cuba en programas que les ha permitido darse a conocer en los Estados Unidos. Este año ..

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Artburst is a multi-platform media bureau for the arts in Miami-Dade. We hire seasoned journalists with experience covering the arts to write articles, reviews, previews and features on dance and music performances and events. We will also write feature articles on local artists and arts executives. In addition we produce videos and radio spots.

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