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Choreographer Leaps Straightaway to the Major-Leagues Following Performance at Adrienne Arsht Center
July 21, 2009, 6:59 pm
Filed under: Awards and Recognition, Miami Light Projects

By the hand of outrageous talent, an important fan, and a phone call, Rosie Herrera is hitting the big time. Young and imaginative, the Hialeah choreographer was invited to bring her show from the Here and Now Festival in the Carnival Studio Theater, co-presented by Miami Light Project and the Adrienne Arsht Center, to the prestigious American Dance Festival. Here & Now annually presents Miami’s most innovative, mind-blowing works, and marks the debuts of many promising, local talents . The 2009 Festival stood as a continuation of Miami Light Project’s commissioning and performing partnership with the Adrienne Arsht Center.

Scene from Various Stages of Drowning; Photo by TeaJay

Scene from Various Stages of Drowning; Photo by TeaJay

An accomplished graduate of New World School of the Arts, Herrera was swooped up in a whirl of exciting career jumps when her first chance to draw up a comprehensive dance theater piece arose. The performance that resulted at the Here and Now Festival was a combination of extraordinary creativity and vision. Titled Various Stages of Drowning: A Cabaret, the composition is a recreation of dream states that uses dance, theater, opera, cabaret, and surrealism, appropriating water as a metaphor for the unconscious. The cast included surprising characters- drag queens, bakers, and a 4-year old—and went beyond the comfort level of the traditional theatergoer. The ending of the show was even complemented by a special short film by Maker&theMade.

The world premiere caught the eye of Charles Reinhardt, director of the American Dance Festival: the biggest, most acclaimed and selective showcase of modern dance in the country. A short two weeks after her premiere, Herrera got a call inviting her to the Festival from Reinhardt himself. Now, Herrera faces the challenge of training some of the best young modern dancers from Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Germany, Spain, Thailand, Russia, and America to perfect something very different than anything they’ve ever seen.

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