“I’ve got one foot in Miami and one foot in the Caribbean,” says Neri Torres, the founder and director of the Ifé-Ilé Dance Company, which will be hosting its 16th annual Ifé-Ilé Afro-Cuban Dance Festival from Thursday through Saturday. This is true for her culturally, as a Cuban artist living in Miami who is intent on keeping Cuban traditions aliv..
It’s 10:00 a.m. on a Saturday morning and 12 artists are being led through a warm up by New York-based theater artist Baba Israel. They reply to his command with twists and bends, finding complimentary motion in a partner across the room. An organic call erupts from one, and the others answer in response.
Such is the process during MDC Live Arts second annual month-long Live Arts La..
There were many ‘cruising’ spaces in Miami in the 1980s, essentially places gay men could go for anonymous sex. Some will remember Thirteen Buttons in Hialeah and The Hole on Bird Road, along with the legendary bath house on Coral Way, and the public bathroom in Burdines in Westland Mall. Each of these places allowed gay men to enjoy sensuality without the shame, fear, or secretive..
Cultivating the next generations of arts supporters is a big job, where competition for young peoples’ time and attention comes from school, part time jobs, sports, friends and in South Florida, all that abundant outdoor sunshine and beaches. Which is why Miami Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs’ started Culture Shock Miami, the10-year-old program dedicated to offering coun..
This past weekend, H2Ombre opened in Miami with a literal splash. Developed first for the Arsht Center, and soon to tour internationally, H2Ombre is an immersive multi-media spectacle that brings audiences right in, around, and underneath the action. Light summer fare for everybody, it is fun to watch and easy to like.
The Arsht Center team was heavily involved in the realization of H2Ombr..
The 29th season of the International Hispanic Theatre Festival (IHTF) of Miami, which runs from July 10 through 27, showcases leading theater companies from across Latin America, Spain, and the United States. This year, the festival honors Argentina. It also features one Argentina's most celebrated writers and theater companies -- the eponymous Cibrián-Mahler Company, whose play opens t..
In its fifth year of Out in the Tropics -- a performing art series that highlights contemporary GLBT artists and their work in poetry, dance, and theater -- FUNDarte invited back San Francisco-based Sean Dorsey Dance to unveil new work, Uncovered: The Diary Project. Two years ago, Dorsey and company performed the intriguing The Secret History of Love, the untold stories of gay love, from the p..
The past and future of dance met when Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami, under Pedro Pablo Peña’s direction, paid tribute to early 20th-century impresario Serge Diaghilev’s “Ballets Russes,” introducing seven newcomers to our city, young defectors from Ballet Nacional de Cuba lately in the headlines. A guest appearance by San Francisco Ballet star Lorena Feij&oacut..
On a recent afternoon Carlota Pradera and Lazaro Godoy both peered at the empty, black performance space and pondered the narrative of the upcoming show, Bare Bones.
Neither would reveal the show’s narrative, as every aspect of the production, from the tree trunks to the natural vines used as props, will project life in its organic form. And the movement will be propelled from a visc..
Rosie Herrera learned young that a show girl is never the star of the show. As a teenager working the cabaret at the Teatro Bellas Artes in Little Havana early aughts, she posed prettily on the side of the stage, jutting out her hip to display her costume, and extending her arms to frame the featured comedian. She never forgot what if felt like to be a piece of sexy scenery.