Dance

Rudi Goblen and his ‘PET’

Written By ArtBurst Team
January 24, 2016 at 6:48 PM

Rudi Goblen started break dancing 19 years ago. Since then he has become a dancer, actor, performing artist, and writer, performing with Teo Castellanos’ D-Projects and becoming a founding member of Octavio Campos’ Camposition Hybrid Theater Works and Rosie Herrera’s Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre. A highly acclaimed b-boy, Goblen and his troupe Flipside Kings tour nationally and internationally. Goblen always seems to push his artistic boundaries, and in his latest one-man show, “PET,” he tries his hand at interactive theater. Written and performed by Goblen and directed by Michael Yawney, “PET” debuts at the Miami Light Project’s Light Box this Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m. We caught up with Goblen to learn more about “PET.” Q: What is “PET”? A: “PET” is an interactive one-man dance theater show. The main character is a cured love addict who runs a support group for serial monogamists –people who keep jumping into relationships. Now that he is cured [Goblen says with a laugh] he runs the support group and helps other people who are brokenhearted get through their world of suffering and trauma. Where did the name come from? “PET” came from the idea that in relationships everyone plays the pet at some time or another. Once I started writing it, I realized the support group was going to be called PET, so I turned it into an acronym: Preventing, Educating, and Teaching Center for the Broken Hearted. What is the show’s interactive element? The show is set up as a support group, and the audience is the group. I’m not going to fully answer the question because I want to leave it as a surprise, but I can say there is a call and response element between the performer and the audience. Rudi Goblen’s “PET, May 10 and 11 at 8:00 p.m., at the Miami Light project Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, 404 N.W. 26th St., Miami; www.miamilightproject.com

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