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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..

Mark St. Germain has achieved ongoing success with small-cast plays involving historical figures in fictional scenarios, and South Florida has been as welcoming to his work as the rest of the country. St. Germain’s “Camping With Henry and Tom,” about a 1920s camping trip involving Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and President Warren G. Harding, was produced in 1996 by New Theatre in Coral Gables..

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..

“Once” has always been touched with magic. And as anyone who has seen the sublime new production of the show by Actors’ Playhouse in Coral Gables would tell you, the musical’s spellbinding pull is as powerful as ever. When Irish director-screenwriter John Carney first told the tale of a heartbroken Irish street musician and the spunky Czech pianist who reignites his passion, a 200..

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 ..

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Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami has been on a trajectory best described as meteoric. In its first 18 months DDTM has been a 2017 Knight Challenge Grant recipient and now will debut at New York’s Joyce Theater in June, followed right after by their first appearance at the storied Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. During that same period the world of ballet has experienced upheavals set ..

Amirah Sackett came up as a dancer in Chicago’s hip hop scene at a time when women were rare in the mostly male community. But she also visibly stood out as a Muslim. She keeps her hair covered according to Islamic tradition, and the hijab is as much a part of her dance uniform as her white shell toe shoes. Sackett, from her home base in Chicago, has long used dance to reach marginali..

Inside the Little Haiti Cultural Complex, where Dance Now! Miami is in residence, there is a hub of activity as the company prepares for its performance on Saturday night of Contemporanea 2018. Yet, for all the activities occurring in the studio, there is a sense of tranquility and communality, which comes from cofounders by Hannah Baumgarten and Diego Salterini. “Dance Now! Miami is intr..

One of the signatures of the National Water Dance project since its inception seven years ago was that dance troupes, large or small, professional or school groups, were free to perform whatever choreography moved them with only a few stipulations: They would begin precisely at the same time in or next to a body of water; and, while they could do whatever choreography they imagined in the..

Miami City Ballet is in league with Russians – in a good way -- and this promises to make a selection of dances look great again. The company’s final program this season brings back Apollo and La Valse, by St. Petersburg-bred and New York-consecrated George Balanchine, in conjunction with Alexei Ratmansky’s Concerto DSCH. Though a company first, the latter work to a Dmitri Shostakovich pi..

Hidden behind a busy street in North Miami Beach is the Ancient Spanish Monastery, where Dance Now! Miami will bring the past into the present – and back into the past. Ekphrasis describes the process of examining one form of art through the use of another. “Dance is an ekphrastic art form largely inspired and driven by music,” explains Hannah Baumgarten, co- artistic director, along with..

Sometimes dance seems as easy as walking down the street. John Heginbotham, founder and artistic director of Dance Heginbotham, describes his dancers as moving in an unaffected, natural manner -- dancers in the streets. This quality --plus speed, athleticism and superb technique -- are all present on the Dance Heginbotham program Saturday night at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center..

On the heels of a year-plus parade of #MeToo confessions, celebrity shamings and women’s marches, comes Marisa Alma Nick’s female-power-packed “A Rebel in Venus.” “It wasn’t planned that way,” says Nick of her timing, “because for me this piece has been evolving very privately for a couple years now.” Her company Alma Dance Theater debuts “A Rebel in Venus” for one night only, on ..

Choreographers are usually curious people. Augusto Soledade’s curiosity leads him in many directions, including ideas on Madonna, voguing, and selfies. It all began with “thoughts on identity, how it’s constructed and changed through time -- because of different situations, culture and family rules,” says Soledade. This line of thought led him to headshots that are used to identify us, th..

M. John Richard has never hung back from the challenges that shape a life. Not when a knee injury ended his dreams of playing football at Syracuse University. Not when he was persuaded, at the age of 36, to leave his job as president and chief executive officer of New Jersey’s Childrens Specialized Hospital Foundation to lead a $187 million campaign to build the New Jersey Perfor..

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Ira Sullivan has been a musician for a long time. His father, part of a large musical family, was in the restaurant business. But he played trumpet for fun and stored his horn behind the couch, Sullivan recalls. “I kept pulling it out, and he said, ‘Boy, you really wanna get hold of that thing, don’t you?’ So at three-and-a-half [years old] he started teaching me trumpet.” Not long after, ..

The music of Thelonious Monk has been a source of endless fascination and with good reason. Monk’s universe has its own laws. Beautifully constructed and quirky, soulful but also paced by brushstrokes of humor, his music seems open to an endless variety of readings. In his MONK’estra project, pianist, conductor and arranger John Beasley, whose long list of credits includes performing..

The first time the Amernet performed “The Seven Last Words of Christ” during Holy Week – the week leading up to Easter -- the string quartet played in darkness. Just hours before, cellist Jason Calloway, violist Michael Klotz, and violinists Misha Vitenson and Franz Felkl had rehearsed at St. Patrick Catholic Church on Miami Beach under the usual electric lights. But then a crew plugged i..

Drummer Dafnis Prieto and pianist Omar Sosa closed this year’s Global Cuba Fest at the Light Box in Wynwood, Miami, with shows on Friday and Saturday, March 16-17 that suggested a sort of musical yin and yang. For an annual festival that celebrates the music of Cuba and its diaspora, the weekend was a perfectly tuned statement — artistically ambitious, global in its vision and brill..

Mention flamenco and the immediate associations are with dancing, singing and the guitar. The piano has a rather tentative history in flamenco. While some scholars include the instrument in proto-flamenco history going back to the 19th century, the piano emerged in flamenco with figures such as Arturo Pavón and Pepe Romero beginning in the late 1940s, often attempting to translate the lan..

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"Nosotros sentimos, y pensamos que Jennifer y Carlos sienten igual, que Miami finalmente ha llegado a posicionarse como una verdadera ciudad cultural donde continuamente se presentan compañías importantes.Hubo tiempos en Miami en que la gente se sentía disgustada si estaban actuando al mismo tiempo más de una compañía, pero ahora sucede todo el tiempo y no creo que sea algo malo, creo que en r..

El grupo de danza contemporánea Brazzdance dirigido por su fundador, el coreógrafo Augusto Soledade, se presentó el sábado 31 de marzo en el Carnival Studio Theatre del Arsht Center de Miami. El programa, con el título de “Shade”, incluyó tres coreografías diferentes: la pieza de igual nombre estrenada el año pasado, "Think Blue" (también de 2017) y "Some Things Revealed", que data de 201..

La undécima edición del Flamenco Festival que se desarrolló del jueves 8 al domingo 11 de marzo en el Arsht Center resultó ser un hermoso reencuentro con el Ballet Nacional de España (BNE), una de las compañías visitantes favorita del público de Miami. Fundado en 1978 bajo el nombre de Ballet Nacional Español con Antonio Gadescomo primer director (1978-1980) BNE es dirigido desde sept..

Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida (ABTF) y su escuela de ballet adjunta, ambas bajo la dirección de Vladimir Issaev, se encuentran por estos días entregadas de lleno a la celebración del bicentenario del nacimiento de Marius Petipa (1818-1910), considerado el Padre del Ballet Ruso y el más influyente Ballet Master y coreógrafo en la historia del ballet. Así las cosas, ABTF rinde tributo ..

El lugar privilegiado que ocupa Miami hoy en día en el mundo de la danza no tiene discusión. Además de contar con una vibrante oferta local de proyección internacional que dura todo el año y que se distingue por su variedad y riqueza creativa, Miami es la sede de eventos donde se reúnen participantes provenientes de todas partes y es visitada constantemente por compañías importantes. Miam..

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