Dance can have a robust voice, especially when raised in community to air aspirations, polemics, achievements. As witnessed June 17 to 20 in Miami at the seventh annual conference of Dance/USA, this national service organization provides a major forum for empowerment by facilitating communication among hundreds of professionals in the field.
They took on the topics of finance and dev..
Sometimes when life closes a door on an opportunity, it instead opens….a dance floor. That is exactly what happened for the artists of Dance Hack at the Rift Black Box Theater on Saturday, June 20. Produced by Pioneer Winter of Pioneer Winter Collective and Jared Sharon of Rift Blackbox, Dance Hack presented dance and film creators introduced by Winter as “contemporary, progressive, and..
Dance/USA, an annual conference of dance leaders from around the country, attracts administrators, organizations and artists to engage in discussion about the field of dance. Each year, Dance/USA is held in a different city and in 2015 it’s Miami’s turn. The conference will be held this week from Wednesday through Saturday, thanks in good part to the work and funding of the Miami-Dade De..
Dance Now! Miami closes its 15th Anniversary season at the Little Haiti Cultural Arts Center this weekend on Saturday and Sunday, inviting audiences to get “Into the Heat” of summer by cooling down with the Florida Premiere of Winter’s Breath, one of several dances in the closing “Heat” program.
Like previous seasonally themed offerings such as Random Patterns of Falling Leaves and S..
In conversations with local choreographers over the past few months, many have said that the strength of live dance performance is the potential for mistakes. Imperfections make a space for the audience to enter into a shared experience with the dancers on stage. Consider a virtuoso musician, slipping on one note and then recovering. With this rift, the performer’s mastery -- and humanity -- b..
Local choreographer Rosie Herrera, one of Miami’s notable creative offspring, is known for a particular style of snarky and darkly humorous dance theater. But for Cookie’s Kid, her newest project with Miami Light Project opening this weekend, Herrera is turning inward to a more vulnerable creative space. We had a chance to speak with Herrera about her creative process and the final produ..
Beneath the wrought iron roses on the arch of the Colony Theater’s stage, two rows of dancers lay is if meditating, heads toward the audience. Glued in a tight embrace, Janine Maffucci and Luis Vivas step among them, Vivas kicking his foot in an occasional gancho, a tango step where the foot flicks into the flash of space that opens between a dancer’s legs. As the bandoneon solo from Pia..
Ballet Flamenco La Rosa brings the work of Swedish playwright August Strindberg to life in dance. “El Padre,” which has its world premiere this weekend, is based on Strindberg's “The Father.” “What I'm doing is pure flamenco, authentic flamenco,” said Ilisa Rosal, artistic director of the North Miami-based company.
But flamenco ballet?
“The word ‘ballet’ means a work of dance,” R..
While the performance season is coming to a close, Miami still has more to celebrate as Augusto Soledade’s Brazzdance turns 10 years old. “Wow,” he says. He hopes Miami audiences will say the same when Brazzdance honors this anniversary with a program called “Oduns” -- stories of finding one’s path is a rough translation of the Yoruban word -- featuring two of Soledade’s most important w..
Karen Peterson and Dancers, one of Miami’s cultural treasures, is celebrating its 25th birthday this May. When the group was gathered together a quarter of a century ago, the idea of a “physically integrated” dance company -- one comprised of both physically able and the so-called physically “disabled” -- was virtually unknown here in the States.
Twenty-five years later, Karen Peterson’s p..