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An IHTF Wrap-Up
August 5, 2009, 4:17 pm
Filed under: At the Center

The International Hispanic Theatre Festival (IHTF) has returned to shake up Miami for a staggering 24th time. This year, the Miami event is celebrating its impressive run by honoring the country of Colombia for its contribution in coloring Latin American culture. The acclaimed affair, presented by Teatro Avante, American Airlines, and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, is bringing some of the best theatre companies of Europe, Latin America and the United States to the stage. The three-week festival began on July 8 and carried on through the 26th. With select showings complimented with English subtitles, theater goers were able to catch performances at various locations in Miami, including Coral Gables and Key Biscayne.

Renowned internationally for its prestige, the IHTF of Miami was just recently chosen to receive the distinguished Atahualpa del Cioppo Award bestowed unanimously by the Ibero-American Theatre Festival (FIT) in Cadiz, Spain. A highlight of this year’s festival is a contemporary adaptation of the classic Aire Frio by Virgilio Piñera. Running at the Carnival Studio Theater of the Adrienne Arsht Center, this Cuban drama tells the tale of the life of the Romaguera family through the eyes of Luz Marina’s, an icon of Cuban theater and culture. Another hit performance of the summer was William Shakespeare’s Otelo (Othello). Also a contemporary adaptation, the unique show explores the subject of the fragility of human behavior and the existence of invisible forces at work.      

Nonpareil to any other festival of its kind, the IHTF annually graces Miami-Dade County with an array of cultural, social and educational junctures at venues throughout the area. Providing a taste of Hispanic culture to one of the most Hispanic-influenced cities in the country, the festival annually provides attendees with an experience brimming with flavor.


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