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Consider the idea of land in Palestine, and conflict may be the first thing to come to mind. But for Jumana Emil Abboud, the Palestinian landscape evokes other, older, associations – with mythological creatures like water spirits and ghouls. “These stories were told way before 1948,” says the Galilee-born artist, speaking by phone from her home in Jerusalem. She suggests looking back ..

Steven Levenson’s “If I Forget” began its Off-Broadway run a year ago, closing just six weeks before the now 33-year-old playwright won the Tony Award for writing the book of the acclaimed musical “Dear Evan Hansen.” Cut to February 2018, and South Florida already has its own exquisite production of “If I Forget,” thanks to GableStage artistic director Joseph Adler. Levenson’s fun..

In a career that continues to soar two decades after his first play was produced, Michael McKeever has premiered his dramas, comedies and short plays at theaters all over South Florida. Nearly always, he’s involved in those productions as the author, sometimes as an actor, at times as a set designer. The plays get their start here, then go on to productions (sometimes multiple product..

When M. John Richard decided to leave the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in late 2008 to become president and chief executive officer of Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, he arrived in South Florida with a vision, myriad ideas and a long-term exit strategy. “I knew in 2008 that I had a 10-year run in my tank,” says Richard, 65, who plans to retire from his Arsh..

Friendships can bring seemingly unlike people together to sometime form a strong bond. Such is the case in Walter Dean Myers’ coming of age novel, Darius & Twig. According to the summary notes of the book “Two best friends, a writer and a runner, deal with bullies, family issues, social pressures, and their quest for success coming out of Harlem.” It’s a tale of endurance, perseverance, an..

Kristoffer Diaz’s searing, hilarious and all-too-resonant play “The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity” isn’t new to South Florida. The 2009 script, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, made its area debut in 2012 in a fierce and fine production at Boca Raton’s Caldwell Theatre Company just a few months before the long-running regional powerhouse folded. Now “Chad Deity” has ret..

“This is no camera, nothing cut. This is real," says Tranee Wallace, whose story is one of three live radio plays in Dan Froot and Company's "Pang!" at Miami Light Project's Light Box at the Goldman Warehouse. Hers is one of a triptych of oral histories adapted into plays of families facing adversity: A Los Angeles single mom who loses the home she and her nine children live in after..

When it comes to farces, Michael Frayn’s “Noises Off” is one of the great ones. The 1982 comedy has made it to Broadway three times, and American audiences all over the country have embraced it in countless regional productions. Actors’ Playhouse is having a go at “Noises Off” as the second show of its 30th anniversary season. The play fits like a period glove on the main stage at the..

The intricate alchemy of inspired theatrical art is on full display in Zoetic Stage’s darkly hilarious, gripping world premiere of Christopher Demos-Brown’s “Wrongful Death and Other Circus Acts.” Demos-Brown, a rising theatrical star whose play “American Son” will open on Broadway in November, has drawn on his experience as a lawyer working on wrongful death cases to create a savage exami..

My Barbarian wanted to take Miami on a boat ride. “We wanted to interact and be out in the public,” Alex Segade reveals over the phone from Los Angeles, where he just got out of rehearsal for My Barbarian’s first Miami show, coming up this Saturday at the Miami Light Project, as part of Miami-Dade College’s Museum of Art and Design’s “Living Together” performance series this season. ..

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When the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater returns to town this week, Miami native son Jamar Roberts will take center stage. As one of the company’s star dancers, he has long shined as a performer. But he has now also stepped up as a choreographer. The company’s four-day engagement at the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts begins Thursday, when Roberts’ first choreography for the main Ailey..

He says his dance comes from his dreams. French-Algerian choreographer Hervé Koubi’s most recent work, “What the Day Owes the Night” combines Sufi rhythms with cutting edge b-boy moves, classical ballet and capoeira in a work as fluid and full of grace as it is wildly athletic. Indeed, one reviewer at the Washington Post raves: “Koubi can convince his audience there is no such thing as ph..

A world premiere always comes with a drum roll. And, throughout the years, Miami City Ballet has brought to light its fair share of resounding new works. Still, Brian Brooks’ freshly-minted One Line Drawn, on the company’s third program this season, raises special expectations. As a modern dance choreographer, with an eclectic background and his own well-regarded New York company, Bro..

Wednesday night at the Arsht Center’s Knight Concert Hall the South Florida Symphony Orchestra in collaboration with the Martha Graham Dance company presented “Appalachian Spring Suite” and “The Rite of Spring,” as well as the world premiere of a new Martha Graham choreography – A New Place, set to the music of South Florida conductor, Tom Hormel. Martha Graham artistic director Janet Eilb..

Cooking may be Dan Froot’s favorite thing. This is saying a lot since Froot is also a composer, a dancer, a sax-player, a play-wright, an oral-historian -- an all-around performance artist and the winner, among myriad other accolades, of New York City’s prestigious Bessie Award for innovative dance/theater. This weekend, he will be cooking for Miami for the Miami Light Project, bringing t..

With the closing of Tigertail Productions last year, Miami lost one of its preeminent artistic champions. Under the direction of founder Mary Luft, Tigertail brought an endless parade of boundary-pushing artists and programs to Miami, exposing our local community to new ideas from creative communities around the world. In the space of Tigertail’s absence, the job of bringing in outside voi..

Anytime would be a good time to devote a dance program to the works of Jerome Robbins, our most versatile and celebrated American-born choreographer. But, given that 2018 marks the centennial of his birth and the 20th anniversary of his death, Miami City Ballet honors his legacy opening the year with an all-Robbins evening at the Arsht Center. “I wanted to expand the repertory, bringi..

Due to winter storms in the Northeast impacting travel, with great regrets the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company announced the cancellation of the Saturday, Jan. 6 performance. At age 65, choreographer Bill T. Jones speaks about dance with both intellectual curiosity and the confidence of experience. Since his beginning in New York’s experimental 1970s dance scene, he has earned a..

It is fitting at this time of the year that our thoughts often turn to what connects us not what divides us. Whether we are driven by religious or secular motives, many of us are in the spirit of the season. Performances of plays, dance and music abound, offering Miami audiences a rich array of choices. “Rhythmic Atlantic,” presented by The Peter London Global Dance Company, is a dynamic ..

The end of the 19th century was a golden age for ballet. In 15 years of collaboration, two great Russian geniuses – choreographer Marius Petipa, and composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky – produced ballet standards that figure in the first rank among today’s classics of the art form – “Swan Lake,” “The Nutcracker” and “Sleeping Beauty.” And a pair of geniuses were needed to construct a dance performa..

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In the music of Las Cafeteras and Orkesta Mendoza, presented by Fundarte at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center Saturday, the border is no place for walls but rather, a moveable feast. Founded by singer and guitarist Sergio Mendoza in 2009 just to play a 20-minute tribute set honoring Cuban mambo king Dámaso Perez Prado, the sextet Orkesta Mendoza (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aP..

Performance Hall at New World Center was packed Saturday, Feb. 3 for the New Work program, which NWS conductor and artistic director Michael Tilson Thomas introduced as “one of the more adventurous programs” performed by the New World Symphony during their season. Adventurous was an understatement for an out-of-the-box evening where music contended for pride of place with poetry, the..

Having grown up in Buenos Aires with a strong interest in music, one would think that Jaime Bronsztein (http://jaimebronsztein.webs.com/) would have slid down the well-lubricated tracks toward tango. Instead, the sound and spirit of klezmer captured him, and under the tutelege of virtuoso clarinetist Giora Feidman, he studied and mastered this celebratory, hybrid folk musical form, rooted..

A creepy old king ogles his beautiful stepdaughter. Powerless to stop him, her mother, the queen, protests drunkenly. The girl, age maybe 12 or so, falls for the only man who does not lust after her: a prophet, John the Baptist. When the prophet rejects her, the girl manipulates the king’s desire and persuades him to deliver to her the prophet’s head. As in so many biblical stories, the g..

At first their sound is reminiscent of Bob Marley. Just as plaintive but with added punch. But listen longer -- the more familiar the music feels, the harder it is to pin down. This is the music of the Garifuna Collective, a Central American band, whose native Garifuna language and culture has been named a Masterpiece Heritage by UNESCO. This weekend they’re in town, performing on Sa..

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Después de una serie de actuaciones muy exitosas en varias ciudades del Este del país, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT) llega a Miami para ofrecer seis presentaciones del jueves 22 al domingo 25 de febrero en el Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. Esta es la única parada en el sur de Florida en la gira 2018 de la compañía que abarca 21 ciudades. El regreso de AAADT al Ars..

La ofensiva espontánea protagonizada por BalletBoyz y Cie. Herve Koubi el fin de semana pasado en teatros de Fort Laudedarle y Miami, con dos propuestas artísticas absolutamente fuera de serie, tomópor sorpresa al sur de la Florida y la conquista fue inevitable, inmediata y absoluta. La disponibilidad inagotable de talento femenino y el estigma asociado con la participación del hombre..

La atracción principal del tercer programa de la temporada 2017-2018 del Miami City Ballet (MCB) que se presentó el fin de semana pasado en el Arsht Center fue el estreno mundial de One Line Drawn (en español, Una Línea Dibujada), una obra creada para la compañía por el coreógrafo posmoderno neoyorquino Brian Brooks, comisionado por el Harris Theater de Chicago. Dos piezas de repertor..

Llegados en vuelo directo desde Inglaterra, BalletBoyz (Premio Nacional de Danza 2013 a la Mejor Compañía Independiente) ofrecerá el sábado 10 de febrero una función patrocinada por Culture Shock Miami! en el South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (SMDCAC). La gira de BalletBoyz se llama Serpent/Fallen (combinando los títulos de las dos obras que integran el programa) y comenzó el miércoles..

Por dos noches consecutivas, el Miami City Ballet (MCB), que dirige Lourdes López desde 2012, abrió las puertas de sus instalaciones en Miami Beach para ofrecer un encuentro Open Barre con el coreógrafo Brian Brooks y el compositor Michael Gordon con motivo del estreno mundial de la obra One Line Drawn (en español, Una Línea Dibujada) en la que ambos colaboran y que se presentará el próx..

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