Point of View

July 21, 2010, 2:54 pm
Filed under: Performing Arts News

One name comes to mind when the words dance, surrealism, Latin soul and drag queens come together in the headlines. The talents of the fiercely quirky Rosie Herrera, New World School of the Arts graduate and established choreographer, have again captured the attention of dance fanatics on the national level. The Hialeah visionary was invited back for the second year in a row to the American Dance Festival in North Carolina, bringing with her the world premiere of Pity Party, commissioned by the American Dance Festival and the Adrienne Arsht Center. Hosted at Duke University, the American Dance Festival (ADF) is the largest, most distinguished and selective showcase of modern dance in the country. Uniting choreographers, dancers, teachers, critics, musicians and scholars alike from around the world, ADF prides itself on being “One of the nation’s most important institutions” (New York Times).

Choreographer Rosie Herrera, photo from Miami Herald

Various Stages of Drowning: A Cabaret, the piece that originally catapulted Herrera to national prominence, premiered at the 2009 HERE & NOW new works festival in the Center’s Carnival Studio Theater, co-presented by Miami Light Project and the Adrienne Arsht Center. It crossed traditional arts boundaries by incorporating multiple media of art-dance, theater, opera, cabaret, and video along with a unique list of characters—drag queens, bakers, and a 4-year-old, to list a few. She successfully pulled together a piece that mimicked a dream-like state and it caught the eyes of the director of the prestigious American Dance Festival.

Earlier this year, Herrera returned once more as a guest artist to HERE & NOW, where she presented a preview of another brand new piece titled Dining Alone that focuses on solitude and aging. Also commissioned by ADF and the Adrienne Arsht Center, the dance will receive its official premiere at the American Dance Festival in July 2011.

Photo of Herrera's new dance, Pity Party, by Eric Madrid

With such an exciting track record, the arts audiences and presenters alike are waiting in anticipation to see what Herrera will bring to the stage next.

The World Premiere of Herrera’s Pity Party took place at ADF on Monday, July 12. The Adrienne Arsht Center is brimming with pride for the local’s success and is excited to watch as one of its own continues to stun the world with her gale force talent.  Check out the first-hand behind-the-scenes account at ADF with our very own Scott Shiller, Executive VP of the Adrienne Arsht Center, here. 



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