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“The Heritage Project” at Adrienne Arsht Center

September 3rd, 2021 No comments

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County Presents

 

Free salon series returns with online and in-person discussions surrounding art and social justice in the Black community

Plus FREE Heritage Fest during Black History Month with in-person celebration of artists representing the African Diaspora in our community!

THE AFRO-LATINX MUSIC EXPERIENCE – PARTE DOS

An exploration into the evolution of Afro-Latinx music from the 1990s through today

October 20, 2021

black hollywood: imagery and perspectives

Dissecting the narrative and portrayals of Black people in film

January 19, 2022

RACE, INTIMACY, AND EXPRESSION IN DANCE

Exploring the intersectionality and overlapping identities of Black and indigenous dancers and choreographers who are part of the LGBTQAI+ community

February 5, 2022

caribbean dj: culture and influence

How DJs have influenced and shaped the music and party vibes of Caribbean culture

April 20, 2022

Miami, FL – The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County (@arshtcenter) is pleased to announce the return of THE HERITAGE PROJECT for the 2021-2022 season, including the return of the third-annual HERITAGE FEST to celebrate Black History Month in February 2022.

The Heritage Project was created by the Arsht Center with a commitment to promote social equality and amplify Black voices during an important time in our nation’s history. Beginning in September 2020, the Center hosted free monthly online discussions, with topics including Songs of Freedom, Afro-Latinx Music Experience, Black Perspectives on the Great White Way, Black Street Art + Black Lives Matter, Black Greek Step & Marching Band Traditions, The Business of Show and Songs of Freedom THE REMIX. All past salons can be viewed here.

The Heritage Project is presented with generous support by Bank of America and additional support by OutClique Magazine.

The Arsht Center celebrates Black artists in our community through The Heritage Project’s salon series, annual festival and other special events throughout the season.

The Heritage Project is one of more than 10 ongoing Arsht Center programs committed to community engagement and deepening the experience of the performing arts for all Miami-Dade County residents. Having served more than 100,000 people throughout its 15-year history, the programs broaden community participation and open the sights, sounds and possibilities of the world through the performing arts. Programs include: Family Fest, a series of free performances for the whole family; Free Gospel Sundays, pairing Miami’s best gospel artists with nationally renowned gospel headliners; AileyCamp Miami, a full-scholarship, six-week summer dance camp which uses dance as a vehicle for the personal development of young people; CommuniTea Dance, an annual celebration honoring Miami’s LGBTQ+ community; Knight Masterworks Classical Conversations, a series of free lectures which give the audience insight into the musicians, composers and history of music presented in our Knight Masterworks Classical Music series; Camp Broadway, a weeklong musical theater camp for kids; Step Into Dance Master Classes, dance workshops for the community presented in conjunction with our Knight Masterworks Dance series; Accessing the Arts Residencies, art workshops for children and adults with disabilities;  Arsht on the Road, a new series of free pop-up performances that bring the arts into Miami-Dade County’s diverse neighborhoods; and Arsht@Work, free professional development workshops for all industries.

The 2021-2022 season of The Heritage Project includes the following:

THE HERITAGE PROJECT: THE AFRO-LATINX MUSIC EXPERIENCE – PARTE DOS

Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.

Online

The second season of our Heritage Project series kicks off with The Afro-Latinx Music Experience – Parte Dos. Part 1 of the discussion took place during our inaugural season, and the conversation will continue in October with Parte Dos, an exploration into the evolution of Afro-Latinx music from the 1990s through today. This talk will unpack the challenges of navigating the Afro-Latinx experience within the music industry while spotlighting salsa, reggaeton and hip-hop.

Watch The Afro-Latinx Music Experience here and RSVP here to join us for The Afro-Latinx Music Experience Parte Dos.

THE HERITAGE PROJECT: BLACK HOLLYWOOD: IMAGERY AND PERSPECTIVES

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 5:30 p.m.

Online

The Heritage Project’s Black Hollywood: Imagery & Perspectives will dissect the narrative and portrayals of Black people in films such as Birth of a NationLove Jones and Black Panther. Acclaimed panelists will look at a variety of tropes, clichés, themes and stereotypes from Black Hollywood’s beginnings through the present. RSVP for the virtual discussion will be available on October 18. Additional information here.

HERITAGE FEST 2022 

Saturday, February 5, 2022 from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

FREE

Thomson Plaza for the Arts

Join us to uplift Black voices at our third annual Heritage Fest!

This free community event was designed to spotlight, celebrate and amplify artists representing the African Diaspora in our community. Heritage Fest 2022 presents an afternoon of free, fun-filled activities for the entire family. Enjoy performances by local artists, sample delicious bites from a variety of food vendors and jam to the beats pumping from the dance floor.

The full schedule for Heritage Fest 2022 will be announced soon. RSVP will be available on December 13. Additional information here.

THE HERITAGE PROJECT: RACE, INTIMACY, AND EXPRESSION IN DANCE

Saturday, February 5, 2022 at 5 p.m.

In-person and online

The Heritage Project’s Race, Intimacy and Expression in Dance discussion will delve into the intersectionality and overlapping identities of Black and indigenous dancers and choreographers who are part of the LGBTQAI+ community. We will identify structural systems of oppression and examine how experiences of marginalization and social injustices have influenced iconic choreography, while exploring those who shattered societal norms.

This salon will be presented in person in our Peacock Foundation Studio and online via Zoom. RSVP for both formats will be available on December 13. This salon is part of Heritage Fest 2022. Additional information here.

THE HERITAGE PROJECT: CARIBBEAN DJ CULTURE & INFLUENCE

Wednesday, April 20, 2022 at 5 p.m.

In-person and online

The Heritage Project closes out its salon series for the season with Caribbean DJ Culture & Influence. This salon will explore how DJs have influenced and shaped the music and party vibes of Caribbean culture. It will discuss the rise of minority talent within the DJ industry, and explore how various island music like reggae, calypso, soca and kompa have influenced the music community.

This salon will be presented in person in our Peacock Foundation Studio and online via Zoom. RSVP for both formats will be available on February 3. Additional information here.

Arsht Center Commitment to Health and Safety

The Arsht Center remains deeply committed to the health and peace of mind of our guests, artists and staff. Based on guidance from national and local health officials, in-person performances will be seated at full capacity. Face coverings are required. We are also maintaining enhanced cleaning, sanitation and air filtration procedures. Please visit here for more details and future updates.

To download high-resolutions versions of the photos above, click here.

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*All programs, artists, ticket prices, availability, dates and times are subject to change without notice. Visit arshtcenter.org for up-to-date information.

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is made possible by the public support of the Miami-Dade County Mayor and the Board of County Commissioners, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council and the City of Miami Omni Community Redevelopment Agency, as well as the Florida Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. The Adrienne Arsht Center also receives generous support from individuals, corporations and local, state and national foundations.

AboutUs

Set in the heart of downtown Miami, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is committed to welcoming and connecting ALL people to the arts, to the Arsht Center and to each other. Our stages are alive year-round with artists from around the world, innovative programming from our resident companies and local arts partners, free community events that reflect Miami’s unique identity and arts education experiences for thousands of Miami children each year.

 Since opening in 2006, the Arsht Center, a 501C3 non-profit organization, has been recognized as a catalyst for billions of dollars in new development in the downtown area, a leader in programming that mirrors South Florida’s diversity, a host venue for historic events and Miami’s hub for arts education.

Each year, we serve more than 60,000 young learners and offer more than 100 culturally diverse and inclusive education programs — many enhanced by the Arsht Center’s relationship with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, local teaching artists and Miami-based arts organizations.

The Arsht Center is also a home stage for three resident companies — Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet and New World Symphony — and a launch pad for local artists to make their mark on the international stage. Our 300+ events each year include the Center’s Signature Series of classical, jazz, Broadway, local theater and much more. We present a robust series of touring Broadway musicals direct from New York, the largest jazz series in South Florida, a major annual Flamenco Festival and an award-winning Miami-based theater program. In addition, our Family Fest, Free Gospel Sundays, CommuniTEA LGBTQ+ celebration and Heritage Fest are among dozens of free events that bring together people from all corners of our community. For more information, visit arshtcenter.org.

‘The Water Man’ a Mystery Adventure

August 17th, 2021 No comments

 

 

 

Review By John Delia

The Water Man is a very good film for teens, pre-teens and even the older folks who love a well written story that involves a mystery adventure. This one has excellent direction, superb performances and a script that rivals similar tales of determination to achieve a different result in the face of a grave illness. Now on Blu-ray and DVD it’s well worth the watch. Read more…

“FREE GOSPEL SUNDAYS” at Adrienne Arsht Center

August 14th, 2021 No comments

 

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the

 

Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County

 

Presents

 

Beloved series returns for its 15th anniversary season

featuring Miami’s best gospel artists alongside headliners

 

maurette brown clark

Multiple Stellar Award winner and Dove Award nominee

October 17, 2021

 

the kingdom choir

British gospel choir and guest performers at 2018 Royal Wedding

December 12, 2021

 

donnie mCclurkin

One of gospel’s best-selling artists of all time makes his

Free Gospel Sundays debut

March 27, 2022

with host

Calvin Hughes

WPLG Local 10 Anchor

 

Miami, FL – The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County (@arshtcenter) is pleased to announce the return of FREE GOSPEL SUNDAYS for its 15th season. The series features Miami’s brightest gospel artists alongside gospel music’s biggest stars, and kicks off with MAURETTE BROWN CLARK on October 17, followed by THE KINGDOM CHOIR on December 12, and comes to a thrilling close with best-selling gospel superstar DONNIE McCLURKIN on March 27, 2022. WPLG Local 10 Anchor CALVIN HUGHES returns as host for the 2021-2022 season.

First-Access Passes for MAURETTE BROWN CLARK will be available beginning September 23 at noon. If this performance reaches capacity, there will be a virtual standby line. Details here.

FREE GOSPEL SUNDAYS is one of more than 10 ongoing Arsht Center programs committed to community engagement and deepening the experience of the performing arts for all Miami-Dade County residents. Having served more than 100,000 people throughout its 15-year history, the programs broaden community participation and open the sights, sounds and possibilities of the world through the performing arts. Programs include: Family Fest, a series of free performances for the whole family; The Heritage Project, a free salon series and annual festival featuring panel discussions surrounding  performing arts and social justice in the Black community; AileyCamp Miami, a full-scholarship, six-week summer dance camp which uses dance as a vehicle for the personal development of young people; CommuniTea Dance, an annual celebration honoring Miami’s LGBTQ+ community; Knight Masterworks Classical Conversations, a series of free lectures which give the audience insight into the musicians, composers and history of music presented in our Knight Masterworks Classical Music series; Camp Broadway, a weeklong musical theater camp for kids; Step Into Dance Master Classes, dance workshops for the community presented in conjunction with our Knight Masterworks Dance series; Accessing the Arts Residencies, art workshops for children and adults with disabilities;  Arsht on the Road, a new series of free pop-up performances that bring the arts into Miami-Dade County’s diverse neighborhoods; and Arsht@Work, free professional development workshops for all industries.

Now in its 15th season, the 2021-2022 season of FREE GOSPEL SUNDAYS series is made possible with the leadership support of Rodney and Michelle Adkins, as well as the generous support of the Green Family Foundation Trust, Baptist Health South Florida, The Israel, Rose, Henry and Robert Wiener Charitable Foundation, the Friends of Free Gospel Sundays, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and the Board of County Commissioners, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

Arsht Center Commitment to Health and Safety

The Arsht Center remains deeply committed to the health and peace of mind of our guests, artists and staff. Based on guidance from national and local health officials, these performances are seated at full capacity. Face coverings are required. We are also maintaining enhanced cleaning, sanitation and air filtration procedures. Please visit here for more details and future updates.

The 2021-2022 season of FREE GOSPEL SUNDAYS includes the following performances*:

 

MAURETTE BROWN CLARK

Sunday, October 17, 2021 at 5 p.m.

Knight Concert Hall

Multiple award winner MAURETTE BROWN CLARK is a gospel-music sweetheart. With four chart-topping albums, Clark remains true to her sound, grace and call.

With praise and worship anthems “I Just Wanna Praise You” and “One God,” along with heartfelt ballads “I Want God” and “It Ain’t Over (Until God Says It’s Over),” Clark encourages listeners worldwide.  In Philadelphia, she hosts The Maurette Brown Clark Show on FM radio from Monday through Friday.

For more information, visit maurettebrownclark.com.

 

THE KINGDOM CHOIR

Sunday, December 12, 2021 at 5 p.m.

Knight Concert Hall

London’s THE KINGDOM CHOIR first attracted the world’s attention when they performed their show-stopping performance of “Stand By Me” in front of a world-wide television audience of over two billion at the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in May 2018. Since that infamous day the Choir’s infectious joy and spirit, matched only by their raw Gospel spiritual style, has taken them around the world including a debut North American tour in 2019 which took them to 29 cities including New York, Montreal, Toronto, Philadelphia, Las Vegas and Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl.

Founded in 1994 by award-winning conductor Karen Gibson, the choir draws from various Christian traditions and is dedicated to creating a sound that reflects the community they share through their warm energy and enthusiastic performances. The Choir’s recording of “Stand By Me” went straight to the top of the Billboard charts and they released a full length recording on Sony Music.

The Choir has performed and told their overnight success story through numerous media outlets including ABC’s Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, NBC’s The Today Show, NPR’s All Things ConsideredThe Kelly Clarkson ShowThe New York Times and many more.

For more information, visit kingdomchoir.com.

First Access Passes for THE KINGDOM CHOIR will be available beginning November 11 at noon. Details here.

 

DONNIE McCLURKIN

Sunday, March 27, 2022 at 5 p.m.

Knight Concert Hall

Three-time Grammy winner DONNIE McCLURKIN, known worldwide for his rich and powerful delivery, is far more than a gospel singer. The man behind multiplatinum and gold singles such as “Stand” and “We Fall Down” has a knack for performing songs with which others can identify.

Besides being one of the best-selling gospel artists in the history of the genre, the singer is the longtime host of The Donnie McClurkin Show, which draws over 5 million listeners in more than 70 radio markets, including London, Jamaica, The Bahamas and Nigeria.

For more information, visit donniemcclurkin.com.

First Access Passes for DONNIE McCLURKIN will be available beginning February 21 at noon. Details here.

A fourth performance will be announced at a later date.

 

*All programs, artists, ticket prices, availability, dates and times are subject to change without notice. Visit arshtcenter.org for up-to-date information.

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is made possible by the public support of the Miami-Dade County Mayor and the Board of County Commissioners, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council and the City of Miami Omni Community Redevelopment Agency, as well as the Florida Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. The Adrienne Arsht Center also receives generous support from individuals, corporations and local, state and national foundations.

AboutUs

Set in the heart of downtown Miami, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is committed to welcoming and connecting ALL people to the arts, to the Arsht Center and to each other. Our stages are alive year-round with artists from around the world, innovative programming from our resident companies and local arts partners, free community events that reflect Miami’s unique identity and arts education experiences for thousands of Miami children each year.

Since opening in 2006, the Arsht Center, a 501C3 non-profit organization, has been recognized as a catalyst for billions of dollars in new development in the downtown area, a leader in programming that mirrors South Florida’s diversity, a host venue for historic events and Miami’s hub for arts education.

Each year, we serve more than 60,000 young learners and offer more than 100 culturally diverse and inclusive education programs — many enhanced by the Arsht Center’s relationship with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, local teaching artists and Miami-based arts organizations.

The Arsht Center is also a home stage for three resident companies — Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet and New World Symphony — and a launch pad for local artists to make their mark on the international stage. Our 300+ events each year include the Center’s Signature Series of classical, jazz, Broadway, local theater and much more. We present a robust series of touring Broadway musicals direct from New York, the largest jazz series in South Florida, a major annual Flamenco Festival and an award-winning Miami-based theater program. In addition, our Family Fest, Free Gospel Sundays, CommuniTEA LGBTQ+ celebration and Heritage Fest are among dozens of free events that bring together people from all corners of our community. For more information, visit arshtcenter.org.

 

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“An Evening with Gabrielle Union” at the ADRIENNE ARSHT

August 11th, 2021 No comments

Books & Books, Miami Book Fair and the

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing

Arts of Miami-Dade County

present

 

an evening with gabrielle union

in conversation with dwyane wade

Actress, executive producer, activist, and bestselling author to celebrate the release of her newest book, You Got Anything Stronger?

 


September 18 at 8 p.m.

Tickets: $42* – includes a copy of You Got Anything Stronger?

John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall

 

Miami, FL – August 10, 2021 – Books & Books (@booksandbooks), Miami Book Fair (@miamibookfair) and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County (@arshtcenter) are proud to present AN EVENING WITH GABRIELLE UNION (@gabunion), in conversation with DWYANE WADE (@dwyanewade), on September 18 at the Center’s Knight Concert Hall. At this live, in-person event, Union will open up about everything from her surrogacy journey to navigating married life to aging and leveling up in your career, and will answer questions from the audience. This will be a memorable evening of conversation that will leave guests feeling empowered and inspired.

 

 Tickets to AN EVENING WITH GABRIELLE UNION are $42* and include a copy of her book, You Got Anything Stronger? (HarperCollins, $27.99). Tickets are available now and may be purchased through the Arsht Center Box Office by calling (305) 949-6722, or online at arshtcenter.org.

 In her 2017 New York Times bestselling essay collection, We’re Going To Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated and True, Union demonstrated her incredible ability to unite readers all over with her insightful storytelling, honest observations and ability to start powerful conversations. In her new essay collection, You Got Anything Stronger?, Union has crafted even bolder and more revealing essays aimed at pushing the conversations even further. From opening up about her surrogacy journey to having Kaavia James Union Wade, to navigating married life once her husband retired from basketball, having a conversation with Isis (her character from Bring It On), to the darkness of depression and suicidal thoughts brought on by the hormonal shifts of aging, and the hollowness of the response of many in the entertainment community during the Black Lives Matter protests of 2020, Gabrielle reveals it all.

“When you feel free enough to share in a real way, that’s where the true transformation and evolution happens, that’s where you build community and why I feel empowered to share these stories now. I hope readers are able to see and understand me and through these stories, see and understand parts of themselves,” said Union.

Gabrielle Union is an actress, executive producer, activist, best-selling author and most recently, a Time100 cover honoree. Union formed her production shingle “I’ll Have Another” in 2018 with the goal of telling stories that center marginalized communities with their specific point of views in an authentic manner. In August of 2020, she relaunched her haircare brand “Flawless by Gabrielle Union” for women with textured hair. The new and improved collection includes an array of options, affordably priced between $4 – $10, that empowers consumers to customize a regimen specific to their texture and style preferences. Prior to relaunching Flawless, Union learned of the disparities in the food space and joined Bitsy’s as a cofounder with the goal of making healthy, allergen- friendly, school-safe snacks that are accessible and affordable for all families regardless of their socioeconomic or geographical status. Union serves as a leader and advocate for inclusion in the entertainment industry. She is also a champion of breast health and combating sexual violence.

More information is available at www.HC.com/GabUnion.

About the Moderator:

DWYANE WADE played in the NBA from 2003 to 2019, primarily for the Miami Heat. He was selected as an NBA All-Star thirteen times, holds three NBA championships, and was named the 2006 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player. He is the Heat’s all-time leader in points, games, assists, and steals, and the NBA’s all-time leader for blocks by a guard. He is the New York Times bestselling author of A Father First. He lives with his wife Gabrielle Union, their daughter Kaavia, and his children from his previous marriage, Zaire and Zion.

Arsht Center Commitment to Health and Safety

The Arsht Center remains deeply committed to the health and peace of mind of our guests, artists and staff. Based on guidance from national and local health officials, these performances are seated at full capacity. Face coverings are required. We are also maintaining enhanced cleaning, sanitation and air filtration procedures. Please visit here for more details and future updates.

*All programs, artists, ticket prices, availability, dates and times are subject to change without notice. Visit arshtcenter.org for up-to-date information.

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is made possible by the public support of the Miami-Dade County Mayor and the Board of County Commissioners, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council and the City of Miami Omni Community Redevelopment Agency, as well as the Florida Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. The Adrienne Arsht Center also receives generous support from individuals, corporations and local, state and national foundations.

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“What If?” Animated Marvel Series on Disney+

August 10th, 2021 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

“Time. Space. Reality. It’s more than a linear path. It’s a prism of endless possibility, where a single choice can branch out into infinite realities, creating alternate worlds from the ones you know. I am the Watcher. I am your guide through these vast new realities. Follow me and ponder the question…What If?” the Watcher

The series What If…? Season One, gets off to a big bang. Following a quick statement by the Watcher, he continues with an introduction of situations and characters starting June of 1943. With the superpowers banding together against the Nazi Armies a super soldier was needed and Captain America became a reality. After the world was saved a whole new hero was created in another age. It was a trying time as the story begins handing off the duties to a new possible superhero, Agent Carter. Read more…

“Free Guy” Trapped in a Game

August 9th, 2021 No comments

 

 

 

Review by Ian Delia

Ryan Reynolds says it himself, see this movie in theaters. We’ve all been waiting for a film to be worthy of the big screen since the beginning of the pandemic closed down movie theaters. Well, it’s has been delivered. Free Guy, is an action-packed videogame movie where it’s a NPC (Non-Playable-Character) living within a virtual loop. It’s his life versus the gamers (characters played by the video game players). Read more…

“The Suicide Squad” Wild and Crazy

August 7th, 2021 No comments

 

 

 

 

Review by John M. Delia, Jr.

The world has become a dangerous place and our protection needs super heroes that will perform any job that needs to be done, even those that may result in their extinction. Now, there is another mission that only one team can complete and that team must be made of warriors that have nothing to lose and everything to gain. They are The Suicide Squad! Some may call the film a bit silly, but then aren’t all of DC’s Squad films famous for that? Just sit back and enjoy the chaos. Read more…

“Lucky” Kill and Repeat

August 7th, 2021 No comments

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

Intentionally confusing, but very farfetched, the film Lucky takes a long time to set up before it lets you down. If anything positive comes from the film it does champion women who do fight back. Read more…

“John and the Hole” a Creative Psychological Drama

August 7th, 2021 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

Quirky and sometimes scary the film John and the Hole tells the tale of one teen at odds with his family. It’s also an eye opener, a caveat of sort that a psychological situation by a misguided youth can turn into an explosive event. Nicely written, directed and played out by a fine cast of characters, the script, while not a true story, works for those who may see something within their own family. Others who like a good drama, will keep them on the edge to the creative finale. Read more…

World Premiere of “Birds of Paradise” at Adrienne Arsht Center

August 4th, 2021 No comments

Presents

 

 The World Premiere of

 

Birds of Paradise

 

Arsht Center Artist-in-Residence Pioneer Winter explores beauty and brilliance outside the mainstream

 

September 16-19, 2021

Tickets: $15, $40*

Carnival Studio Theater

 

       Gabriela Cruz in Birds of Paradise. Photo By WorldRedEye.com

 

Miami, FL – The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County (@arshtcenter) is pleased to announce the world premiere of BIRDS OF PARADISE, a series of dance-based queer solo portraits and an ensemble piece which explore the themes of agency, survival and transformation. Created by the Arsht Center’s Artist-in-Residence Pioneer Winter (@pioneerwinter) and commissioned by the Arsht Center, BIRDS OF PARADISE confronts our notions of dance by exploring movement with people of varied physical ability, body type, gender identity, race, ethnicity and experiences. The new work features interwoven filmed and live dance performance and will be experienced in the round beginning in the Center’s intimate Carnival Studio Theater and ending in the Peacock Foundation Studio.

Tickets for BIRDS OF PARADISE are $40* and will be available beginning August 4 at noon. Tickets may be purchased at the Adrienne Arsht Center box office by calling (305) 949-6722, or online at arshtcenter.org. In honor of the Arsht Center’s 15th birthday this season, $15 tickets will also be available as part of the Center’s “Sweet $15” program to make the arts accessible to all. Visit arshtcenter.org to learn more.

“I’m grateful to have developed Birds of Paradise in partnership with the Adrienne Arsht Center, and with such a powerful team of collaborators and performers,” said Pioneer Winter. “We honor and celebrate the enduring nature of queer and marginalized people to shape themselves into something that is desirable, vulnerable, fierce, and reborn at the same time. The pandemic made closeness, intimacy, and touch taboo. Isolation – an experience very familiar to the queer community – was pervasive. In this new context, we began to focus on the individual experiences that lead up to the moment you think you’ve fallen, is actually flight. The project itself was reborn, as a series of filmed solos honoring the voice of the individual.”

 

 

This world premiere performance marks the culmination of a two-year artist-in-residency program with Miami-based choreographer Pioneer Winter and Pioneer Winter Collective which began in December 2019. The partnership is the evolution of an ongoing collaboration between the Arsht Center and Winter that dates back nearly a decade. Winter was first invited in 2011 to choreograph for the Arsht Center’s Miami Made Festival. Since then, Winter has become one of the leading artistic voices to emerge from and extend beyond South Florida. He and his dance collective have performed in the Arsht Center’s annual CommuniTea Dance and Winter has served as an instructor for the Center’s AileyCamp Miami, Accessing the Arts and other arts education programs.

 

 

Established in 2016, Pioneer Winter Collective is a Miami-based, intergenerational and physically integrated dance-theater company, rooted in social practice and community, queer visibility and beauty beyond the mainstream. Described as avant-garde, experimental, fearless, and as diverse as Miami itself, the Collective democratizes performance through unexpected bodies in unexpected places, producing unexpected social change – powerful stories and voices that transform the cultural landscape.

 

 

“The Arsht Center is proud to commission an immersive, imaginative work like Birds of Paradise, and we are proud to support local artists like Pioneer Winter, who reflect the diversity and beauty of our community,” said Jairo Ontiveros, vice president of community engagement for the Arsht Center. “Being able to support local artists is incredibly important – particularly during the pandemic, when arts organizations have been severely impacted.”

 

 

BIRDS OF PARADISE was developed in collaboration with the performers: Frank Campisano, Gabriela Cruz, Josue Garcia, Niurca Márquez, Barbara Meulener, Katrina Petrarca, Lize-Lotte Pitlo, and Shamar Watt; the White Elephant Group media company; sound artist Juraj Kojš; and costume design by Chaplin Tyler.

BIRDS OF PARADISE was commissioned by the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the MAP fund, also supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additional support is provided by Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as part of its 2019 Knight Arts Challenge open call and Our Fund Foundation, an LGBTQ community foundation.

Arsht Center Commitment to Health and Safety

The Arsht Center remains deeply committed to the health and peace of mind of our guests, artists and staff. Based on guidance from national and local health officials, these performances are seated at full capacity. Face coverings are required. We are also maintaining enhanced cleaning, sanitation and air filtration procedures. Please visit here for more details and future updates.

 

 

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