Pearl Cleage’s play “Flyin’ West,” an M Ensemble production currently on stage at the beautiful new performing arts center in Liberty City, the Sandrell Rivers Theatre, is set in humble Nicodemus, Kansas, the only remaining western town established by African Americans during the reconstruction period following the Civil War. Set in 1898, the play focuses on the lives of Sophie (Brandiss ..
Esteban, (http://estebanlapelicula.com/en/) the debut of Cuban director Jonal Cosculluela being premiered at The Miami Light Project tells the story of a 9 year old, living in Havana with his mother, who’s raising him as a single parent, and his perseverance following his dream of becoming a musician. The challenges seem overwhelming. Esteban and his mother struggle to make ends meet (htt..
Desperate times call for desperate measures. For some, that might mean taking a second or third job. Or robbing a bank. Or moving in with family. For Casey, a straight lip-syncing Elvis impersonator in a Panama City bar, desperation means forsaking the King’s rhinestone-studded jumpsuit for leg hair-hiding pantyhose, fake boobs and big-hair wigs, the better to sell himself as a fa..
Writing about “Broken Snow,” the Ben Andron thriller now getting its world premiere at the J’s Cultural Arts Theatre (JCAT) in North Miami Beach, is a proposition almost as tricky as the play itself. The intricately structured 90-minute drama is loaded with surprises, twists and turns, all revealed at precisely the right moment so that the play builds to its shattering conclusion..
As this steamy spring melts into a sweltering summer, Actors’ Playhouse is inviting theater lovers to a wedding – a big, fat Jewish-WASP wedding, otherwise known as the Broadway musical “It Shoulda Been You.” Though the show seemingly takes place in the present, the piece by book writer-lyricist Brian Hargrove and composer Barbara Anselmi is an old-fashioned, stereotype-filled throwba..
'Death & Harry Houdini' Makes Another Magical Moment at ArshtDennis Watkins knows how to make an entrance. In the House Theatre of Chicago’s “Death & Harry Houdini,” now back at the Arsht Center’s Carnival Studio Theater five years after it first wowed Miami audiences, Watkins arrives onstage with the help of theater technology unknown in Houdini’s day. Dangling upside dow..
Director Carlos Lechuga’s masterful unspooling of time in his second feature film “Santa y Ándres” constructs a uniquely Cuban mix of tedium and despair, resulting in an emotionally intense experience that sneaks up on the viewer in plain sight. The film opens with the stillness of a landscape painting: the eastern Cuban countryside of 1983 – rugged, lush, and verdant. The statuesque..
Memory – deep-seated, fragile, slippery, mutable – is at the heart of Jordan Harrison’s “Marjorie Prime.” A Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2015, the play is a family tragicomedy given a sci-fi makeover; in other words, this thought-provoking theater piece charts its own, fresh path. Now getting its South Florida premiere as the second professional production from the Main Street Players, ..
The stage is a fixed space. It is the axis around which story, conflict, and character revolve. When that fixed space shifts, new possibilities emerge. Starting Wednesday, April 23, a shifting site for theater emerges at Deering Estate, a 444-acre environmental, archeological, and historical preserve along the edge of Biscayne Bay in Palmetto Bay. Four local playwrights have collaborated ..
Nearly two years ago, Miami’s Zoetic Stage took its first trip into the world of Harold Pinter with an intense, superbly acted production of the Nobel laureate’s 1978 hit “Betrayal” in the Arsht Center’s Carnival Studio Theater. Now Zoetic is delving further back into the Pinter canon with a riveting production of “The Caretaker.” This 1960 work is, like “Betrayal,” a three-character ..
As the “home-grown” sweetheart of Miami City Ballet, Patricia Delgado is having her final performances this season before leaving the city and the company she loves to move to New York City.Having been raised in the dance community of Miami, taking the path from a young student apprentice at MCB who grew to be an audience favorite principal dancer with that same company, Delgado’s heart was heavy with emotion as she spoke about her departure. Leaving her home, the company she loves and being separated from her sister, Jeannette Delgado, another Miami City Ballet star, makes this a bittersweet transition.
What compels an artist at the top of a difficult career to make such a major transition?
Delgado muses thoughtfully. “It’s never just one thing. When I was young and spending summers in New York at the School of American Ballet, I remember hearing a New York City Ballet principal dancer who was retiring at the peak of her career say, ‘I want to remember dancing like this.’ At that time, I didn’t know what kind of a career I would have, but those words always stuck with me.”
Delgado has committed much of her time and her journey to the art form of dance, and is now looking for more balance in her life. That would include being with her boyfriend, choreographer and New York City Ballet principal, Justin Peck. After Peck choreographed “Chutes and Ladders,” his first pas de deux for MCB, the sparks between the two artists started to fly. Peck next created the hugely successful “Heatscape,” premiered in 2015 with the ravishing Delgado as one of the central figures. By then the two were a couple.
Peck and Delgado have been maintaining a romantic Miami - New York relationship for about four years now. The long distance relationship was exciting and allowed Delgado to maintain her dance, family and community roots, but time and distance can add challenges.
“I was headstrong about continuing this journey at MCB. I could never imagine leaving whether it’s now, five years or ten years. It is never an easy time to say, okay, I’m full.”
Over the past couple of years, Delgado has had her share of injuries. She was hardly on stage at all this season and it has been bumpy physically.
“There was something this past season that was pulling me to take a jump. Not needing to know what was next, not needing to have it all planned out. My fear was of getting to the point where my relationship would not be growing and neither would my career. I wanted to remember it in a beautiful way. I want my heart to be full!”
However, the word “retire” is not even in her vocabulary. Delgado may be leaving Miami, but it will not be the last we see of her. “I hope that my role with MCB kind of morphs. I’ve been doing some coaching and working with the school.” She is the perfect role model and mentor for the younger dancers.“I was inspired by those that came before me so I feel that responsibility for the next generation.” She knows that MCB will always be her home.
Transitioning to New York is a completely new ball game for Delgado. While she has performed there, Delgado still considers herself more of a fan or a tourist.
“I’m curious about a couple of things. I would love to teach and to stage some work. I’m curious to see what it’s going to be like ‘on the other side.’ At the same time, I’m curious about acting, maybe some dance on film, maybe some modern dance,” she says laughingly. “For so long I’ve known what I was a part of, and I really want to take this time to explore.”
Even though Delgado is a product of Miami City Ballet and the School of American Ballet, she feels that she is able to execute ballets of any style, making her a very versatile and adaptable dancer. It’s what audiences love about MCB. This diverse ability will make her a desirable commodity in the abundant dance community of New York.
“I love all the ballets I’ve been fortunate enough to perform, but the first ballet I ever danced with MCB as a professional was “ Who Cares.”I remember watching Jennifer Kronenberg do a pas de deux and falling in love with her and wishing I could do that role. So the fact that “Who Cares” is my last moment on stage makes it a very significant favorite. It shows that I was able to grow and still remain in the same place and how you can approach similar roles in such different ways at different times in your life.”
Patricia Delgado will have her final MCB performances April 1 and 2 at the Arsht Center and at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts April 8 and 9, with a special tribute farewell in Ft. Lauderdale on April 9 at 2:00pm.
Miami City Ballet performs Saturday, April 1, at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 2, at 2:00 p.m. at the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Ziff Ballet Opera House, 1300 Biscayne Blvd.,, Miami/ Performances continue Saturday, April 8, at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 9, at 2:00 p.m. at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Au-Rene Theater, 201 SW Fifth Ave/, Fort Lauderdale; miamici
What better way to welcome summer than with a burst of live music? Leave it to the French to come up with the idea. Since 1982, they’ve marked the summer solstice with free concerts and p..
Mexican singer Natalia Lafourcade is as tiny as a house sparrow, with a voice as clean and pure as a bell. These delicate qualities belie a fierce inner strength and a steely artistic will. A..
Melissa Aldana is the first woman instrumentalist and the first South American artist to win jazz’s prestigious Thelonius Monk competition. Which distinction is more important to her? Neither..
Project 305 has a simple aim – crowd-source a Miami symphony. For 100 days from January 31 to May 12 New World Symphony, in collaboration with the Knight Foundation and the M.I.T. Media Lab, ..
You hear the word “flamenco” -- what image comes to mind? A guitar? A dark-haired dancer? The color red, a ruffled dress? Did a piano by any chance enter the picture? Perhaps not. Pianist..
Critics on five continents have described her work as “indecent and breathtaking,” or some close variant. One blessed her for always “going too far.” Another stated he would prefer death to m..
Buzzing his lips and shaking his head, Rafael Davila gets ready to rehearse. In the Florida Grand Opera’s cavernous rehearsal hall in Doral, the floor is marked with tape to delineate the roo..
There’s a song James Blood Ulmer sings called “Jazz Is the Teacher, Funk is the Preacher.” If you bring in Mother Blues, along with the family hothead, Rock and Roll, you’ll have a better pi..
Ask about the Miami Sound to 10 people in South Florida and you’ll get 11 different answers. And yet, for more than 20 years, the Spam Allstars, a group founded and anchored by DJ Le Spam (a..
El festival “Out in the Tropics”, patrocinado por Fundarte en conjunto con el Centro Cultural Español y el Miami Book Fair International, normalmente trae artistas del mundo LGBTQ e hispanoha..
La Gala anual de Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami (CCBM) es un evento que esperan con ansiedad los aficionados al ballet en Miami y, sobre todo, los admiradores del estilo cubano. Desde su deb..
El 11 y 12 de mayo próximo tendrá lugar en el Miami -Dade County Auditorium el estreno en Estados Unidos de Scrutiny: The World Gone Astray(en español,Escrutinio: El mundo se ha ido a la deri..
Para el pianista y compositor cubano Omar Sosa la noción de una cultura global, sin fronteras, no es un concepto abstracto sino un tema personal. En su música, elementos de hip hop y rumba, ..
No hay que viajar a otro país para disfrutar en vivo de la música cubana del momento, la más innovadora, la que le da la vuelta al mundo. Basta con asistir a Global Cuba Fest, aquí mismo, en ..
Nadie como el bailarín y coreógrafo español Antonio Gades para describir el arte que lo hizo internacionalmente famoso cuando vivía: “Un extracto de fuego y de veneno, eso es el flamenco”. ..
Desde Las troyanas de Eurípides hasta “Guernica” de Picasso, o de la canción “Blowing in the Wind” de Bob Dylan al diseño de las gorras rosadas que llevaron miles de mujeres en las protestas ..
En un discurso de 1977, el escritor argentino Jorge Luis Borges desmintió la idea de que la ceguera fuera un mundo de oscuridad cuando describió su propia “modesta ceguera”. Hablaba de ciert..
En su discurso de recibimiento del Premio Nobel, el poeta chileno Pablo Neruda afirmó que el poeta no es un "pequeño dios." De hecho expresó que el mejor poeta “es el hombre que nos entrega e..