On Sunday, September 14, Dance Now! Miami presented an encore of their fourth annual Ekphrasis collaboration with the Bass Museum, Trash to Treasure, working off of El Anatsui’s monumental exhibition, Gravity and Grace.
The program showcased individual dances all inspired by and presented with El Anatsui’s vibrant and remarkable work of bottle caps, copper wire, aluminum, and t..
Romeo and Juliet struggle through a Mad Max world to the sensuality, discipline and stirring rhythms of flamenco as warring tribes compete for resources in the aftermath of civilization’s collapse. No, not a drug-assisted night at an edgy Latin dance club on South Beach but the basic plots of Siudy Entre Mundos (Siudy Between Worlds), Pablo Croce’s flamenco production starring Vene..
Although Miami seems like the perfect breeding ground for boundary-breaking cabaret, really the only consistent native burlesque-circus-cabaret act to date is Circ X. For its return to the local stage on Saturday, it looked like a good time to catch up with founder Diana Lozano about where it’s been and where its going.
Lozano’s circuitous route to cabaret dynamo started on the..
As it heads into its fourth season, the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center has quieted skeptics who voiced concerns that deep south Miami couldn’t support a quality, multi-faceted cultural arts center. Who in the suburban landscape, not known for its cultural or even nightlife offerings, would attend cutting-edge jazz performances, off-beat theater productions -- and especially, conte..
In Georgia, people still tell the tale of Ebo Landing: how 200 years ago a group of Igbo people, abducted from the land now known as Nigeria, rebelled against their captors and flew away from the Georgia coast to their home to Africa. The legend has been retold in songs, in literature -- most famously Toni Morrison’s novel, Song of Solomon -- and in films such as Julie Dash’s beaut..
Ana Mendez isn’t creating anything new on her own right now, but that’s okay. Sometimes creativity isn’t about working on something as much as being part of something creative. This can be just as important.
Mendez, born in Miami and a graduate from the University of Illinois, is a professional dancer and performance artist, and has been commissioned by the Arsht Center a..
“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..