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Daniel Lewis Dance Sampler virtual showing on Oct. 23

Daniel Lewis Dance Sampler virtual showing on Oct. 23

Performing Arts

Published 10/21/20

For decades, the Daniel Lewis Dance Sampler has showcased the best of Miami’s dance companies, choreographers and performers.More than a kickoff to the Miami dance season, the event – named after the South Florida choreographer and former New World School of the Arts dean of dance – has provided participants with the opportunity to network and view each other’s latest works.This year’s Daniel Lewis Dance Sampler, set for a virtual showing at 7 p.m. Oct. 23, will include pieces from Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida, Ballet Flamenco La Rosa, Dance NOW! Miami, Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami, Karen Peterson Dancers, Momentum Dance Co., New World Dance Ensemble, Pioneer Winter Collective, choreographer Kyra Jean Green and dancer-choreographer Sandra Portal-Andreu.The pandemic forced the organizers to think differently about this year’s event.“Part of the call to the artists this year was to submit works that were very well-edited with interestingly filmed performance …

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. …

Actors’ Playhouse raises $135,000 at the 29th Annual Reach for the Stars Virtual Gala Auction

Actors’ Playhouse raises $135,000 at the 29th Annual Reach for the Stars Virtual Gala Auction

Performing Arts

Published 9/18/20

One of the most anticipated events on the South Florida social calendar, the gala auction in typical times is celebrated at the Miracle Theatre with 600 guests, an auditorium full of items up for bid, and an array of tasting stations provided by 30+ of Coral Gables’ finest restaurants. This year was different due to the pandemic, but the show must go on – and so it did thanks to very special donors and guests.Hosted by Actors’ Playhouse Chairman of the Board Dr. Lawrence E. Stein, Executive Producing Director Barbara S. Stein, Artistic Director David Arisco and Children’s Theatre Director Earl Maulding, this year’s virtual gala was free and open to the public on YouTube Live. More than 2,000 guests (and counting) tuned in for the grand event that featured celebrity appearances and performances by International Superstar Gloria Estefan, Tony Award-winning Actress Rachel Bay Jones, Stage, Film and TV Star Danny Pino, Broadway Leading Lady Janet Dacal, FOX’s So You Think You …

A Flourish of Hatpins: A Special Virtual Theater Event

A Flourish of Hatpins: A Special Virtual Theater Event

Performing Arts

Published 8/6/20

As if ripped from today’s headlines, the play deals with equality for women, contagious disease, political discord, and family conflict. Tickets for the online theatrical event, which can be streamed on demand from August 18-23, are now on sale at The Studios of Key West.One century ago, Key West was largely isolated from the rest of the country. Young Elizabeth Watson helps her mother and sister run a boarding house on Duval Street, but she dreams of becoming a hat designer and owning a hat shop in a big city. Her dream unravels in Washington D.C. and she finds herself working with a group of suffragists who are at the center of the raging 19th Amendment debate.Leonard immersed herself in books, articles, and first-hand testimonials to learn more about women’s suffrage in America. “The reports of the abuse and violence that these women confronted were shocking,” says Leonard. “A woman with entrepreneurial dreams had very little chance of success at that time. …

GABLESTAGE REACHES OUT VIRTUALLY TO ENGAGE DIVERSE AUDIENCES

GABLESTAGE REACHES OUT VIRTUALLY TO ENGAGE DIVERSE AUDIENCES

Performing Arts

Published 8/3/20

That hurdle turned into a crossroads on April 16 when Joseph Adler, the company’s award-winning producing artistic director since 1998, passed away after an 18-month battle with pancreatic cancer.Added to the major loss of Adler, an outspoken artist whose company reflected his eclectic taste and passion for deeply engaging theater, GableStage’s planned move to a smaller, state-of-the-art version of the Coconut Grove Playhouse continues as its own contentious drama. And the remainder of its current season, which was to have run into the fall, has been scrapped.All pose undeniable challenges.Even so, GableStage’s board and its chairman, Steven M. Weinger, along with general manager Isabel Almaraz and the theater’s staff, are continuing to connect with artists and audiences via a world premiere digital project titled “Engage@GableStage.”Administered by director Margaret M. Ledford, who produced GableStage’s version of Joseph McDonough’s “Ordinary Americans” with Adler, …

South Florida Theatre League Announces the 2020 Remy Award Recipients

South Florida Theatre League Announces the 2020 Remy Award Recipients

Performing Arts

Published 7/9/20

The Remy Awards, named in honor of Remberto Cabrera, the former Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs’ Senior Cultural Administrator and Chief of Cultural Development, are given to the unsung heroes who provide outstanding service behind the scenes of the South Florida Theatre League Community.The Awards will be presented via livestream on Zoom and Facebook Live as a fundraiser for the South Florida Theatre League Relief Fund. Presentation of each award will be accompanied by a performance from an artist chosen by the recipient. While access to the livestream will be available without a ticket, donations to the South Florida Theatre League Relief Fund will be encouraged throughout the evening. The fund was created this year in response to the COVID-19 crisis and has already given away over $10,000 to artists and theatre workers who have lost work due to the pandemic.The Remy Awards have been a part of the South Florida Theatre League since its first year (1994) – with …

MIAMI’S JUGGERKNOT AND NY’S POPUP THEATRICS CRAFT DRAMA FOR A VIRTUAL WORLD

MIAMI’S JUGGERKNOT AND NY’S POPUP THEATRICS CRAFT DRAMA FOR A VIRTUAL WORLD

Performing Arts

Published 5/20/20

The new joint production from Miami’s Juggerknot Theatre Co. and New York’s PopUP Theatrics – available at longdistanceaffair.info from May 23-30 – just happens to be a trailblazing example of a form that theater may utilize more frequently in the future.“The world is going in that direction,” says Juggerknot founder and artistic director Tanya Bravo. “Right now, we can’t [easily] fly or go anywhere, but we can connect in this way.”“Making theater this way won’t be instead of [traditional theater],” adds director Tamilla Woodard, who founded PopUP Theatrics with fellow director Ana Margineanu. “It’s a new vocabulary. It’s in addition to other forms. It lets people who are homebound enjoy live performance.”This is the seventh iteration of “Long Distance Affair” since the project debuted in New York in 2011. But it’s the first in partnership with Juggerknot, and the first one audiences will access from their homes.“Long Distance Affair” is made …

SOUTH FLORIDA THEATER-LOVERS HAVE LOTS TO ENJOY ONLINE

SOUTH FLORIDA THEATER-LOVERS HAVE LOTS TO ENJOY ONLINE

Performing Arts

Published 5/20/20

Here’s a look at what’s on the horizon:Florida Shakespeare Theater is keeping fans of the Bard happy with its “Go Big or Go Home” series of free livestreamed readings directed by artistic director Colleen Stovall. “Macbeth,” featuring Seth Trucks in the title role and Sara Grant as the calculating Lady Macbeth, is set for 8 p.m. May 23. “The Merchant of Venice” will be read at 8 p.m. June 6; “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at 2 p.m. June 20; “The Tempest” at 8 p.m. July 11; and “Hamlet” at 2 p.m. July 25. Watch on the company’s Facebook page, Facebook.com/floridashakes.Miami’s Zoetic Stage is heading toward the championship game of its popular online quiz show, “The Spectacular Fabulous BYOB South Florida Theater Game Night,” hosted by artistic director Stuart Meltzer, with assists from scorekeeper Amy Rauchwerger, managing director Michael McKeever and musical clue-giver Jeni Hacker. Champs from the preliminary rounds – Clay Cartland, Mary Damiano, …

VIRTUAL SHORTS

VIRTUAL SHORTS

Performing Arts

Published 5/20/20

City Theatre postponed the 25th Anniversary Season of its popular annual SUMMER SHORTS FESTIVAL scheduled to perform June 4-July 3, 2020 at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. It’s now scheduled for June 3-July 3 2021.However, always nimble and eager for innovative opportunities, City Theatre has welcomed its inclusion as an arts partner of the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Arsht@Home programming where it’s begun experimenting with the creation of digital content. Plays from City Theatre’s SHORT CUTS school tour and more original offerings are currently on rotation on that site.Expanding on this, City Theatre Artistic Director Margaret M. Ledford said, In 24 seasons of producing hundreds of short plays and now musicals on stages throughout South Florida, City Theatre is excited to explore creative alternatives for ways to present aspects of our work, alongside some of the artists and theatre makers we have collaborated with who help make SUMMER SHORTS so much fun”. …

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