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Karen Peterson & Dancers Celebrate 30 Years

Karen Peterson & Dancers Celebrate 30 Years

Performing Arts

Published 9/29/20

This virtual program will allow the dancers to safely perform and audiences to safely experience the performance. The leading physically integrated dance company in the Southeast United States, bringing together professional dancers with and without disabilities on the same stage, is going boldly into the future, and looking forward to a new decade of groundbreaking performances. “For any arts organization to reach thirty years of age is an extraordinary achievement," says Karen Peterson, leader of the ensemble. "While this pandemic is a tough and sad moment for us all, our company is resilient. And the fact that our groundbreaking physically integrated dance company has arrived at this anniversary with a full body of work under our belt and so many successes, makes me proud and happy.”Works on the program, most created specifically for this event, will be world premieres of new dance video pieces set on KPD dancers as well as guest performers from Poland, California and Florida. …

Peter London Dance Company's 10th anniversary

Peter London Dance Company's 10th anniversary

Performing Arts

Published 9/29/20

Peter London’s goal for the next decade is to give his students not only the skills to succeed in the nation’s top companies but also reasons to stay in Miami and generate art here.“Not all the dancers want to go to New York,” says London, who began training South Florida dancers and choreographers for the ranks of the nation’s elite dance companies as an instructor at the New World School of the Arts in the early ’90s. “The overall goal is to have in Miami a company of color that truly represents Miami as a global city.”London, originally from Trinidad and Tobago, has seen many of his former students go on to star in top companies including Alvin Ailey, Martha Graham Dance, Paul Taylor Dance and Dance Theatre of Harlem. In fact, past pupils included Alvin Ailey’s artistic director, Robert Battle, and its first-ever resident choreographer, Jamar Roberts.“Many dancers I first encountered at Dance Empire [of Miami], and I would then train them for New World,” says …

YOUNGARTS ANNOUNCES NETWORK OF PARTNERSHIPS WITH ARTS ORGANIZATIONS NATIONWIDE

YOUNGARTS ANNOUNCES NETWORK OF PARTNERSHIPS WITH ARTS ORGANIZATIONS NATIONWIDE

Performing Arts

Published 8/28/20

Building upon its preexisting partnerships, YoungArts is proud to announce the following key partners for the 2020/2021 season: Fountainhead (Miami, FL), Jacob’s Pillow (Becket, MA), New York Live Arts (New York, NY), University of California Los Angeles’s Center for the Art of Performance (CAP UCLA) (Los Angeles, CA), The Watermill Center (Water Mill, NY). Through these partnerships, YoungArts is not only bolstering opportunities for artists, but also providing support to key institutions serving YoungArts award winners and local communities of artists. Additional partners and related programs will be announced at a later date.Jewel Malone, YoungArts Executive Director, said, “As we look ahead, one of our biggest challenges will be to ensure that the arts and culture field as a whole remains vibrant as the world continues to be impacted by the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic. During these devastating times YoungArts is working to double our efforts to support artists across …

THE 2020 U.S. PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARS IN THE ARTS

THE 2020 U.S. PRESIDENTIAL SCHOLARS IN THE ARTS

Performing Arts

Published 5/26/20

The U.S. Presidential Scholars award—one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students who exemplify academic excellence, leadership qualities and community service—is presented on behalf of the President of the United States and honors up to 161 graduating high school seniors of high potential each year.Sarah Arison, Chair of National YoungArts Foundation, said, “Now, more than ever, it is important that we as a country celebrate the hope and promise of the next generation of great architects and designers, writers and poets, and visual and performing artists. YoungArts is honored to continue to support and nominate the nation’s most talented artists for the Presidential Scholars program. We congratulate all of the winners and look forward to continuing to offer our support throughout their artistic journeys.”“It is my privilege to congratulate the Presidential Scholars Class of 2020 on their outstanding academic achievement, community service, and …

Koubek Center presents new series ¡EN CASA!

Koubek Center presents new series ¡EN CASA!

Performing Arts

Published 4/24/20

Storytime, circus acts, private concerts, Afro-Cuban dance lessons, and lecture readings come to life online! Miami Dade College's Koubek Center is commited to the community it serves so the Center is continuously exploring new opportunities to provide fun, quality programming, straight into homes across Miami-Dade County. People of all ages can stay connected more than ever before thanks to these social media events taking place through June 2020.Whether you are working from home or on the frontlines, it’s important to make time for uplifting memories with the community and loved ones. With these events, families and individuals can learn and explore the history behind Afro-Cuban dancing, have a Storybook Picnic at home, attend a dramatic reading, or enjoy a mini-concert, all from the safety of your home. Let’s share the challenge, and let’s make the best of it together-- with the arts, and a neighbor from afar. Take a look at the incredibly fun, engaging events coming up …

Stay Culturally Engaged at Home

Stay Culturally Engaged at Home

Performing Arts

Published 3/18/20

Now you can tour a museum from the comfort of your couch. Take a look at these virtual museum tours:British Museum, LondonGuggenheim Museum, New YorkNational Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.Musée d’Orsay, ParisNational Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, SeoulPergamon Museum, BerlinRijksmuseum, AmsterdamVan Gogh Museum, AmsterdamThe J. Paul Getty Museum, Los AngelesUffizi Gallery, FlorenceMASP, São PauloNational Museum of Anthropology, Mexico CityThe Lourve, ParisVizcaya Museum, MiamiIs Opera your thing? The Metropolitan Opera is streaming operas for free at 7:30 p.m. EST and will be available to stream for 20 hours. Check it out:Thursday, March 19 — Verdi’s La TraviataConducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, starring Diana Damrau, Juan Diego Flórez, and Quinn Kelsey. Transmitted live on December 15, 2018.Friday, March 20 — Donizetti’s La Fille du RégimentConducted by Marco Armiliato, starring Natalie Dessay and Juan Diego Flórez. Transmitted live on April 26, …

RISING STARS - An Evening of Dance, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts

RISING STARS - An Evening of Dance, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts

Performing Arts

Published 2/21/20

The Rising Stars Exhibition, The Condition of Being Oneself, kicks off the showcase featuring a wide range of artwork created by the college and high school students of the prestigious New World School of the Arts in downtown Miami. The themes of this show are the self, the uniqueness of every person, and the viewpoint of the artist. In approaching their work for this exhibition, visual arts students will focus on something that they bring to their work that is particular to themselves, or the way in which they see the world. Whether it is a painting, a sculpture, a photograph, a film or a design, it is the artist’s singular vision and being that serves as inspiration to make the work unique.Just blocks away, at the historic Olympia Theater, NWSA continues an evening of artistic showings with excerpts of renowned works in dance, music and theater that will capture the artistic heart and soul of the audience. Presenting an excerpt from Paul Taylor’s dynamic masterpiece work, Cloven …

Life as a Professional Performer

Life as a Professional Performer

Performing Arts

Published 2/21/20

Besides talent, what other attributes are necessary to become a successful professional performer? Persistence, desire, and resilience are all essential. Dancer/performers need to be able to work effectively with others under stressful circumstances. They need to be reliable, responsive, and to be able to communicate effectively. There is an intangible and intuitive quality, which is the ability to interact and to collaborate with choreographers in a way that serves the choreographers’ vision and aesthetic. Passion.This varies somewhat from dancer to dancer, and from dance company to dance company. In concert dance, most companies hold company classes daily or several times per week, followed by daily rehearsals, in what amounts to approximately a 7- to 8-hour day and a 35-40-hour work week. Many dancers work with a variety of choreographers, so have a more varied schedule but one, which probably amounts to the same amount of time. Professional dancers …

2020 YOUNGARTS AWARDS

2020 YOUNGARTS AWARDS

Performing Arts

Published 1/8/20

Each evening, audiences can experience the work of the next generation of artists through performances in Voice, Jazz, Theater, Dance and Classical Music, as well as film screenings at New World Center, writers’ readings in the YoungArts Jewel Box, and a Design, Photography and Visual Arts exhibition in the YoungArts Gallery. With 21 Presidential Scholars in the Arts since 1989, and 89 YoungArts Finalists / 346 YoungArts Winners since 2002, New World School of the Arts students continue to leave their artistic mark in our community. Among the 171 YoungArts Finalists selected this year are seven NWSA students joining the ranks in their respective artistic fields and selected by an esteemed discipline-specific panel of artists through a rigorous blind adjudication process. In addition, NWSA students received three YoungArts Honorable Mentions and nine Merit Awards for a grand total 19 awards.New World School of the Arts 2020YoungArts FINALISTS:Dance: Rush Carson, …

MIAMI CITY BALLET BRINGING ‘I’M OLD-FASHIONED’ TO SOUTH FLORIDA

MIAMI CITY BALLET BRINGING ‘I’M OLD-FASHIONED’ TO SOUTH FLORIDA

Performing Arts

Published 1/8/20

The show starts Jan. 10 at Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, before moving first to the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach then to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale.Four ballets include the return of Alexei Ratmansky’s large-scale “Symphonic Dances” and, prominently, the troupe’s first staging of “I’m Old-Fashioned,” for which choreographer Jerome Robbins mined a quintessential film duet featuring master of the dance floor Fred Astaire and his equal in enchantment, Rita Hayworth. Thus, under three minutes of dancing in a scene from the 1942 musical, “You Were Never Lovelier,” gave rise to more than a half-hour of choreographic exploration by Robbins, earning multiple curtain calls at its New York City Ballet premiere in 1983.“This is truly special in that it involves another medium for visual impact,” says Aaron Hilton, who will dance one of the leads in “I’m Old-Fashioned.” He …

Miami's Flamenco Scene

Miami's Flamenco Scene

Performing Arts

Published 9/5/19

The origins of flamenco dancing are both old an mysterious. Some would argue that the sizzlingly energetic, exuberantly theatrical dance originates from 15th century Andalusia. Others would vouch that tracing its origins is a trivial quest: the contemporaneous iterations are much more worthwhile. This is the school of thought Ilisa Rosal, the founder of leading Miami-based dance studio Flamenco La Rosa subscribes to. Mixing the traditional exquisitely delicate movements, fierce golpe (or footsteps), carefully-timed palmas (hand-clapping) and stirring pitos (finger-snapping) with more upbeat, modern influences ranging from hip hop, ballet, and Afro-Haitian elements, is Rosal's forte. She has established her studio as the pioneer of a radically new approach to the curiousity-inducing dance. Rosal insists on immersive experiences, staging casual, lively shows where every member of the audience plays an integral part. Swearing by a communal ethos, her dancers take pride in spreading …

Come Dance With Us!

Come Dance With Us!

Performing Arts

Published 9/5/19

Have you ever left a show wondering whether you could recreate the experience, if there was a way to master the sophisticated movements of a ballerina, or the sensuous, gestures of a salsa dancer? If the answer is yes, you’ve come to the right place. This article will introduce you to dance classes where your dreams can come true, and where you are encouraged to fulfill your inner potential. Fortunately, Miami has no shortage of first-class expertise when it comes to dance. With a vast variety of cultural centers running some of the most intriguing classes, the only problem you’ll have is combatting the sheer frustration of having to make a choice. From Haitian Folklore Dance Classes to Soca Sweat Dance, there’s practically no dance form you couldn’t try. For those who have been eager to perfect the arabesque, the Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami might be the most-favorable starting point. Held weekly at the Miami Hispanic Cultural Arts Centre, the classes cater to …

Fall in love with timeless Alegría

Fall in love with timeless Alegría

Performing Arts

Published 8/27/19

From December 20, 2019 - January 26, 2020, audiences are invited under the Big Top next to Hard Rock Stadium to fall in love with timeless Alegría - a true Cirque du Soleil classic story of resilience and hope reinterpreted through today’s creative lens.A production destined to change the history of the company, Cirque du Soleil first presented Alegría in April 1994, launching an emblematic show that was to win over more than 14 million spectators in 255 cities in 19 years of touring through the end of 2013. The show’s theme song, which was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1995 and continues to be a fan favorite, is the most listened-to Cirque du Soleil song on YouTube.In light of its 25th anniversary, Cirque du Soleil is revisiting its legendary Alegría through today’s lens -including new costumes and set design, a renewed acrobatic vocabulary, and new musical arrangements - to ensure it is as inspiring now as it was at the time of its creation in 1994. With its signature …

THEATER SEASON PREVIEW: ‘AMERICAN SON,’ ‘THE CUBANS’ AND MORE ‘MIAMI MOTEL STORIES’

THEATER SEASON PREVIEW: ‘AMERICAN SON,’ ‘THE CUBANS’ AND MORE ‘MIAMI MOTEL STORIES’

Performing Arts

Published 8/27/19

As these and other writers blossomed, South Florida theaters brought greater focus to premiering new works. Those companies and Miami-Dade County’s Department of Cultural Affairs launched developmental programs, giving playwrights the opportunity to hone their scripts and theater lovers the chance to be among the first to experience a play that might wind up on Broadway (as Cruz’s “Anna in the Tropics,” Demos-Brown’s “American Son” and McCraney’s “Choir Boy” did) or off-Broadway (as McKeever’s “Daniel’s Husband” and “After” did last season).Both the Arsht Center-based Zoetic Stage in Miami and Miami New Drama at Miami Beach’s Colony Theatre have the nurturing of new work as a key part of their theatrical DNA. But the two companies won’t be alone in bringing fresh theater to Miami-Dade stages during the 2019-2020 season. Here’s a brief look at some of the key productions on the horizon, in order of their openings.Christopher Demos-Brown’s …

UPCOMING DANCE SEASON IN MIAMI WILL OFFER ADVENTURE AND RISK

UPCOMING DANCE SEASON IN MIAMI WILL OFFER ADVENTURE AND RISK

Performing Arts

Published 8/23/19

1. Los Angeles-based Diavolo presents “Architecture in Motion,” the company’s eye-popping slant on dance athleticism as urban landscapes crash around them. Think Cirque du Soleil meets the movie “Inception” with lots of split-second escapes — bring the teens. Oct. 12 at the Ziff Ballet Opera House at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Art2. Long heralded as the best-kept dance secret in Miami, Brigid Baker’s choreographies have shifted their fair share of audience life paths. Her company Wholeproject will perform “Remain in Light,” from the 1980 David Byrne-Brian Eno album of the same name. Oct. 31-Nov. 3 at Miami-Dade County Auditorium’s On.Stage Black.Box theater. 3. Miami and Madrid currently vie for the title of best in international flamenco. Discover why with “Flamencas en la Luz” when master flamenco artist Clarita Filgueras and company Flamenco Puro tap out machine-gun rhythms only an arm’s length away. Nov. 9-10 in South Miami-Dade …

2ND ANNUAL FORWARD MOTION PHYSICALLY INTEGRATED DANCE FESTIVAL & CONFERENCE COMING TO MIAMI

2ND ANNUAL FORWARD MOTION PHYSICALLY INTEGRATED DANCE FESTIVAL & CONFERENCE COMING TO MIAMI

Performing Arts

Published 7/29/19

They are part of an exciting and growing approach to performance that is inclusive of those with and without disabilities and seeks to redefine dance vocabulary and the way in which choreographers use the human body. Produced by Florida’s own groundbreaking integrated dance pioneers, Karen Peterson and Dancers, the second festival (September 25-28, 2019) promises to be even more exciting than last year’s first edition, featuring some of the best dance companies of any kind, in performance, in discussion and holding workshops.“We are so excited to continue this unique event for a second year, one that truly breaks open our ideas of what contemporary dance can be,” says Karen Peterson, Founder and Artistic Director of both her own Karen Peterson and Dancers company, and the Forward Motion event. “Working with these artists, who are pushing the boundaries of their own physical and audience expectations, gives us a glimpse of a world built on diversity and inclusion that is rich …

Six decades of Ailey

Six decades of Ailey

Performing Arts

Published 1/30/19

by Annie SparksWhen Alvin Ailey and a small group of African American modern dancers first took the stage at the 92nd Street Y in 1958, the engagement was for one night only - but it turned out to be the start of a new era in the performing arts. Mr. Ailey became one of the groundbreaking greats in African American history, while the work of his Company grew beyond the limits of the stage to encompass education at all levels, community outreach and cultural diplomacy. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater now embodies six decades of achievement, celebrating the human spirit with performances that unite and inspire all.“Alvin Ailey was a pioneer in celebrating the human spirit through the African-American culture and modern dance, elevating the world of the performing arts and the hearts and minds of people of all backgrounds,” said Robert Battle. “It is a privilege for me to return home to Miami as we honor his storied legacy by heightening the artistry of our performances and …

NEW WORLD SCHOOL OF THE ARTS - A BEACON OF ARTISTIC EXCELLENCE

NEW WORLD SCHOOL OF THE ARTS - A BEACON OF ARTISTIC EXCELLENCE

Performing Arts

Published 9/28/18

The high school students, who also receive their training at MDC Wolfson Campus, earn dual enrollment credits from Miami Dade College as NWSA students. Fully accredited by The National Associations of Dance, Music, Theater and Art & Design, New World School of the Arts provides a comprehensive educational program of artistic training and academic and creative development, while preparing students for professional careers in Dance, Music, Theater and Visual Arts.Providing access is one of New World School of the Arts most important missions. Blind to academic standing at the onset, New World School of the Arts’ acceptance policy is based solely on artistic talent. This allows students from all backgrounds, ethnicities and socioeconomic status to compete for their spot in the school’s coveted arts programs based on their individual talent. Once accepted, students are expected to achieve both academically and artistically. Earning respected national merit and leadership-based …

"Dance Talks" at SMDCAC

"Dance Talks" at SMDCAC

Performing Arts

Published 9/27/18

The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center opens up the art of dance with a new program of “Dance Talks” hosted by arts writer and longtime former Miami Herald Dance Critic Jordan Levin. This series of pre- and post-performance discussions surrounding the Center’s 2018-2019 Dance Series is meant to demystify, enlighten, and expand your appreciation of this beautiful art form.Before each performance, you are invited to a 45 min discussion with Dance Critic Jordan Levin, as well as guest artists and experts that will focus on the background, story, qualities and significance of that evening's dance company. After the show, you are invited again to participate in a short, informal, guided conversation to talk about what you saw, ask questions, and share your thoughts with other audience members.These talks are created to develop a sense of community, promote a better understanding of dance, and help everyone to better enjoy this magnificent art form.On Saturday, October 27 at 8pm, …

Miami City Ballet Has Called South Florida Home  for 33 Years

Miami City Ballet Has Called South Florida Home for 33 Years

Performing Arts

Published 8/29/18

- By Petar Petrov -And how could it be any other way – Lourdes Lopez, who was recently named one of “The Most Influential People in Dance Today” by Dance Magazine, danced with New York City Ballet for 24 years under the guidance of none other than George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. She joined them when she was only 16, was promoted to soloist at the age of 23, and to principal 3 years later. Balanchine’s artistic influence on Lopez didn’t fade away with the end of her stage career; on the contrary, she continued to pay him tribute by becoming the executive director of The George Balanchine Foundation. But Miami City Ballet’s story dates far back before Lopez joined the show. It all started in 1985 when Miami philanthropist Toby Lerner Ansin spread her passion for ballet like a relentless force of nature, managing to persuade founding artistic director Edward Villella to get behind the wheel of her vision, as well as multiple parties to fund it. …

XXIII International Ballet Festival of Miami

XXIII International Ballet Festival of Miami

Performing Arts

Published 7/16/18

The 23rd International Ballet Festival of Miami 2018, considered the most important in the US, will present performances and an array of other activities in various venues throughout Miami-Dade County, featuring the best ballet, modern and contemporary companies represented by their stars from Europe, South America, Mexico and the USA, receiving local & international rave reviews.The IBFM launches with a VIP Cocktail Reception (invited guests) featuring the Unveiling of the Official IBFM Poster created by Cuban Artist Javier Dubrocq, Saturday, July 28 / 8 p.m. with his dance-inspired fine arts exhibition open to the public the month of August at the beautiful, historic Miami Hispanic Cultural Arts Center, 111 SW 5th. Ave. Miami, Fl 33130.Five magnificent performances will thrill audiences this year; “IBFM Youth Gala”, featuring young Florida ballet competition medalists at the Lehman Theater, Saturday, Aug. 4 @ 7pm;. Two “Contemporary Performances” featuring 4 …

Sufi-meets-B boy in ‘What the Day Owes to the Night’

Sufi-meets-B boy in ‘What the Day Owes to the Night’

Performing Arts

Published 2/1/18

Stunning French Algerian Dance Company Herve Koubi Cie Hervé Koubi makes its Miami debut with a highly physical, fluid work for 12 French-Algerian and West African male dancers, hailed as a “stunning fusion of acrobatics, gymnastics, b-boying, modern dance and ballet” by the The Washington Post The piece is an exploration of and reconnection to the company director‘s North African roots.The French-born choreographer Herve Koubi only learned of his Algerian heritage as an adult. The revelation prompted his first trip to Algiers at the age of 25, where he held auditions, received 250 (mostly self-taught) dancers and selected twelve, whom he calls his “found brothers.” The rest is choreographic history. “I went to Algeria to make light in my dark (because unknown) history. I had to give life to my orientalist dreams, I had to do it with dance. I had to do it with dancers from Algeria using their specific skills. The youth of Algeria is like that, full of …

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Celebrates a Decade of Ailey at the Adrienne Arsht Center

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Celebrates a Decade of Ailey at the Adrienne Arsht Center

Performing Arts

Published 2/1/18

Making his choreographic debut with the piece Members Don’t Get Weary, is Miami native Jamar Roberts, heralded as a star in the dance world. Roberts calls the piece “a response to the current social landscape in America, an abstract look into the notion of one ‘having the blues.” Roberts’ deep appreciation for jazz – an original American art form that he believes should be more widely celebrated – comes through in his use of saxophonist and legendary composer John Coltrane’s music, 50 years after the legend’s death. Roberts, along with 31 of Ailey’s renowned dancers, will captivate audiences during five richly diverse programs, featuring new works and company premieres by the world’s most celebrated dance-makers. The Adrienne Arsht Center and Ailey have also collaborated to offer a myriad of arts education and community-friendly offerings. On Friday, February 23 at 11:00am, a special one-hour performance featuring Ailey’s perennial crowd-pleasing …

CELEBRATE SOUTH FLORIDA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY WITH MARTHA GRAHAM’S DANCE OF LIFE

CELEBRATE SOUTH FLORIDA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY WITH MARTHA GRAHAM’S DANCE OF LIFE

Performing Arts

Published 12/28/17

January 21 - 24Celebrating its 20th Season, the South Florida Symphony Orchestra presents Masterworks Series II: Martha Graham’s Dance of Life, which provides South Florida audiences with the opportunity to experience the legendary Martha Graham Dance Company. A leader in contemporary dance since 1926, and acclaimed by audiences and critics in more than 50 countries, the company is embracing a new vision, showcasing masterpieces by Graham, along with other newly commissioned works by contemporary artists, such as this program’s world premiere of Tom Hormel’s Legend of Bird Mountain. South Florida Symphony Orchestra’s founder and conductor, Maestra Sebrina María Alfonso, is excited by this historic collaboration, which includes a performance of Appalachian Spring, composed by Aaron Copland in 1943, and awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1945. The ballet celebrates the marriage of two Pennsylvania pioneers.For the second act, the company interprets Rite of Spring, composed by Igor …

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