Though the Miami New Drama-commissioned “Queen of Basel” will have its official world premiere at Studio Theatre in Washington D.C. next season, you don’t have to wait or travel to discover how playwright Hilary Bettis has reimagined August Strindberg’s controversial 1888 classic “Miss Julie.” With three powerful actors and a small audience sharing the stage space at Miami Beach’s Co..
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, now 33, was named a MacArthur “genius” grant winner in 2016, the same year his play “Gloria” was chosen as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for drama. Earlier, his provocative, stylistically diverse, subversive plays “Appropriate” and “An Octoroon” (the latter was produced by Coral Gables’ Area Stage last fall) each won best new American play Obie Awards. ..
"The Other Mozart" is a suitcase play – one of those shows where a single actress can pack the entire contents that creates the setting – costume, wig, and props, and go anywhere in the world. It is the way Samantha Hoefer will arrive in Miami to present Sylvia Milo's one-woman play about Maria Anna Mozart, the not nearly as famous older sibling of that 18th century rock star Wolfgang Ama..
Early on in the Argentinean film “El Último Traje” (The Last Suit), which makes its U.S. theatrical debut this week, a deceptively quaint and humorous scene takes place between the film’s protagonist, 88-year-old Abraham Bursztein and his young granddaughter. The little girl refuses to join in a family photo with Abraham surrounded by his many grandchildren. When he cajoles and insists, ..
Gone are the days when filmmakers needed huge budgets, and major movie studios backing them with big bucks to get their films seen, according to two producers who spent decades in Los Angeles, and have now moved their base to Miami Beach. "From a creative standpoint, there are amazing opportunities for filmmakers today," says producer Kevin Chinoy, who, along with producing partner Frances..
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Mexico City-based theater collective Teatro Ojo's works are constantly evolving. Nothing is ever really finished. That's because they take from every performance. Whatever the audience experiences, observes, feels, and offers feedback, which they highly encourage, all is used, considered, and included in the evolution of the same piece, or introduced into another new work. Two of the ..
“America’s Greatest and Least Known Playwright.”This is how the Cuban-American playwright Maria Irene Fornes is referred to several times throughout Michelle Memran’s documentary “The Rest I Make Up,” which makes its Florida debut this Saturday as part of Miami-Dade College’s Miami Film Festival. Fornes has been called the “Mother of Avant-Garde Theater.” Theater giants like Edward A..
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El debut de Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami (DDTM) en noviembre del año pasado fué un acontecimiento artístico y un descubrimiento sumamente agradable. Una sola función en el Miami-Dade County Auditorium resultó suficiente para demostrar que sus fundadores y directores artísticos, Jennifer Kronenberg y Carlos Guerra, saben armar un buen programa y dejar complacidos a los espectadores.
DDTM regresa a escena el 8 de julio próximo para una segunda función única con“Fiebre (Fever): A Night of Summer Ballet” en el acogedor South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (SMDCAC) y prometen una oferta variada con final enfebrecido – de ahí el título - que incluye tres estrenos en Miami y la reaparición de dos figuras invitadas que fueron fundamentales en el éxito del primer programa: la exquisita primera bailarina mexicana Katia Carranza y los sensacionales Alain García y su The Latin Power Band.
“Estamos muy entusiasmados porque esta es nuestra segunda presentación en un teatro. Es siempre algo muy agradable bailar en el verano y hacerlo en el sur, lejos de donde se produce la mayor parte de la danza en Miami, es una oportunidad que apreciamos enormemente”, afirma Jennifer en entrevista para ArtBurst Miami.
Carranza, que aparece por cortesía del Miami City Ballet, bailará junto al cubano Eduardo Iglesias un hermosopas de deuxextraído del ballet “Sinergia” de Luis Serrano, creado especialmente para ella. García y su banda interpretaran canciones popularizadas por la temperamental cantante cubana La Lupe (1939-1992) en “Fiebre” del notable coreógrafo venezolano Vicente Nebrada (1930-2002), montaje de Yanis Pikieris y Zane Wilson.
Mayrel Martinez Lopez y Maikel Hernandez, Gabriela Mesa y Fabian Morales, Sarah McCahill y Stephan Fons y Chloe Freytagjunto aJosue Justizsonlas cuatro parejas que se entregarán en “Fiebre” al mundo apasionado del bolero para asegurar un final espectacular para una noche que DDTM espera hacer inolvidable.
Por su parte, Jennifer y Carlos interpretarán por primera vez “Transparente”, la breve e inquietante obra maestra coreográfica del croata Ronald Savkovic que el público de Miami seguramente recuerda con agrado por ser el gran éxito del XII Festival Internacional de Ballet de Miami en 2007.
“Desde hace años queríamos hacer “Transparente” y estamos felices porque Ronald vino hasta Miami para montarlo con nosotros”, comenta Carlos visiblemente complacido.
“Transparente” es el nombre de un disco de 2005 de Mariza, la cantante de fado mozambiqueña de origen portugués y el dueto se apropia su título pero la canción de Mariza utilizada por Savkovic es “Malmequer”, que nos remite a ese momento cuandodejamos en manos del azar la toma de una decisióny simplemente optamos por “deshojar una margarita”.
La letra de “Malmequer” termina en incertidumbre (“si me quiere o no me quiere / mucho, poco, todo o nada…”) pero el público que asista al SMDCAC para ver a DDTM saldrá del teatro con la certeza de haber experimentado algo muy especial.Por años, Kronenberg y Guerra fueron la pareja clásica más bella y elegante del Miami City Ballet. Con “Transparente” ambos sorprenderán a sus seguidores al agregar matices inéditos al trabajo de pareja que los caracteriza y reinventarse como intérpretes contemporáneos.
Así las cosas, “Transparente” va a ser el momento más esperado de la noche pero el programa incluye otros doscrowd pleasers: “C’est la Vie” de Kevin Jenkins, un trabajo ligero y divertido que estará a cargo deChloe Freytag, Eduardo Iglesias, Trisha Carter y Stephan Fons y elpas de trois“Esferas”, del prometedor Ariel Rose, que formó parte de la presentación laboratorio que DDTM ofreció en marzo también en SMDCAC. Gabriela Mesa, Josue Justiz y Fabian Morales bailarán “Esferas”.
Todo parece indicar que DDTM tiene lista una oferta artística destinada a ser un éxito de público y crítica. Definitivamente, hay que ir a verlos.
Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami ofrecerá una única función de “Fiebre (Fever): A Night of Summer Ballet” el sábado 8 de julio a las 8:00 p.m. en el South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center de Cutler Bay (boletos entre $25 y $45; $75 VIP con acceso a un encuentro con los artistas después de la presentación). Boletos a la venta en tickemaster.com y smdcac.org.