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Jessica Lang is inspired by artistic collaborations. Her pieces testify to the transformative power of movement, music and visual composition coming together to create a mesmerizing performance. That will be on display this weekend, when Lang’s troupe debuts here in South Florida at the South Miami-Dade County Cultural Arts Center. Lang is the choreographer and artistic director of Je..

Dance Now! Miami will present “Open Stage: Works & Process,” showcasing four of Miami’s emerging choreographers this coming Sunday at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex, where the Dance Now! Ensemble is in residence. Featured choreographers include Prince Emmanuel Abiodun Aderle, Kiki Lucas, Dawn Robinson-Patrick and Katrina Weaver. Co-Founder and Artistic Director Hannah Baumgarten de..

Brooklyn-based sculptor Martha Friedman’s fascination with the body started at an early age. Raised in Detroit by a molecular geneticist father and a mother who returned to school when Friedman was a child to become a medical doctor, she recalls spending her formative years in her father’s lab. “I spent a lot of time looking through microscopes, and I think looking back, I picked up on th..

“Precise” doesn’t begin to describe up-and-coming flamenco sensation Karen Lugo’s dancing. Every line and pose that she strikes seem as carefully calibrated as the inner mechanisms of a Philippe Patek watch. Every arch of the back, every turn of the wrist appears set to the centimeter, each posture carefully considered and fully embraced, even if only for a millisecond. This precision..

There is magic in numbers, and three especially conjures up power. Multiply that by 10 and you get the potency of the artistic spell Miami City Ballet has been casting for three decades. The company began celebrating its 30th season at the Arsht Center last Friday with a pointedly varied program -- and a promise that the enchantment shall continue, guaranteed by a bonus, pre-main event ga..

In what has become a Halloween tradition, Marissa Alma Nick’s Alma Dance Theater once again explores Edgar Allan Poe’s The Cask of Amontillado and its themes of revenge and humiliation through dance and music, for the 4th annual presentation of Cask this week at the RIFT Black Box Theater. Nick began developing Cask as part of her senior thesis project while studying at the University..

Zedric Bembry started Live In Color dance company in 1989, while he was still a student at Miami Carol City Senior High School as part of a back up group for local rappers he knew from around town. He quickly noted, however, that his dancers were getting the lion’s share of attention. “I figured …. we don’t have to really be behind someone,” he says. He started persuading promo..

Combinado Argentino de Danza’s recent performance at the Colony Theater, produced by MDC Live Arts, was billed as a deconstructed blend of hip-hop, contemporary dance and Malambo (an Argentine folkloric dance). Such a diversity of styles could be challenging to mix, but the company’s fantastically athletic performers pulled it off with style. Under the direction of Andrea Servera, Com..

Miami City Ballet opens its season Friday night at the Arsht Center with a program that is representative of what artistic director Lourdes Lopez calls a major milestone for a ballet company of its size -- 30 years as Miami’s resident ballet company. It will be a season that tips its hat (or toe shoe) to MCB’s past, present and future. Lopez says that she’s selected ballets from MCB’s repe..

Marjorie Burnett sat in a wheel chair in the front row of the Carnival Studio Theater, watching herself, 25 years before, gliding across a stage at the New World School of the Arts. As five flesh-and-blood dancers whizzed across the floor in front of her in the premiere of choreographer Karen Peterson’s “Full Circle,” images of Burnett dancing in Peterson’s 1990 piece, “Common Denominator..

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As a kindergartner having his first encounter with a piano, Jon Nakamatsu was spellbound. The fact that he and his schoolmates were not allowed to touch it made him want it even more. How could a monstrous box make such a beautiful sound? At seven years old Nakamatsu got his first taste of performing, and has been hooked since. “I thought: this is fun,” he says in a recent phone inter..

Miami’s Little Haiti Cultural Center evokes one of those eye popping, What the…? experiences Miamians have come to prize from their city. It is worth the trip just to see the center’s surprising architecture, the colorful murals, and the vigorous African dance classes in excellent studios. However, the center has also become a global focal point for Haitian cultural programming. The..

Jake Shimabukuro, the Hawaiian ukulele master, performed on Saturday night, Nov. 14 at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium. Never mind the nearly torrential rains, the place was filled to capacity, or very nearly so. All these folks came out to hear the humble, four-string ukulele? A fair question considering the last time many of us encountered one may have been in some kitschy old movie. Ah, bu..

For the past 50 years, Cuban pianist and composer Chucho Valdés, 74, has been a transcendent figure in Cuban music. But despite of his virtuosity as an instrumentalist and the brilliance of his writing, many consider the founder and leader of Irakere, the exceptional Afro-Cuban jazz fusion group that became a landmark in Latin jazz, his masterwork. Valdés and a 10-piece band comprisin..

Jake Shimabukuro’s instrument is the ukulele, a version of the small lute first introduced to Hawaii by Portuguese immigrants in the 19th century, and which has become an iconic instrument of these Pacific islands. With the ukulele, Shimabukuro explores just about all the musical genres he can get his hands on, from Schubert to Hendrix, flamenco to fado, Chinese folk-music to pop classics..

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El trabajo como pianista y compositor de Chucho Valdés, 74, lo ha establecido hace tiempo como una figura trascendental en la música cubana de los últimos 50 años. Pero más allá de su virtuosismo en su instrumento o sus composiciones, para muchos, su obra más notable ha sido la creación y dirección de Irakere, el excepcional grupo de jazz afrocubano que marcó un hito en la historia del jazz la..

En esa tan españolísima expresión de baile y música que es el flamenco, una mexicana ha venido arrancando aplausos dentro del género, no solo en la propia España, sino más allá. Karen Lugo ( es la primera en admitir que le resultó intimidante bailar en casa del trompo, y que su pasión por y la entrega hacia el flamenco llamaron la atención de mu..

El flamenco es música de mezcla y posibilidades. Tiene una historia que se pierde en el tiempo y raíces que se extienden desde la India hasta el sur de España. Es una música prodigiosa, que ha tomado forma absorbiendo y aflamencando a su paso, del Oriente al Mediterráneo, ritmos e instrumentos, culturas e historias. Y en su ida y vuelta a las Américas, el flamenco ha hecho suyos ritmos y ..

El éxodo del Mariel (1980) fue uno de los capítulos más dramáticos en la historia del exilio cubano, inesperada crisis migratoria para los Estados Unidos, y desafío de proporciones colosales para el sur de la Florida. Con el pasar del tiempo, es fácil olvidar y caer en la complacencia. Por ello, muchos cubanos como Neri Torres ( consideran imprescind..

La fórmula de Micro Teatro Miami es elegantemente sencilla: Teatro en pequeñas porciones, puestas en escena ingeniosas, y actores conocidos, presentados en un ambiente íntimo a precios razonables. El resultado ha sido uno de los éxitos más inesperados y duraderos en la escena cultural del sur de la Florida. Usando como salas de teatro siete contenedores estratégicamente ubicados en l..

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