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Out and About with the Fuerza Bruta Cast
August 5, 2009, 4:12 pm
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Fuerza Bruta ends August 9 and has entertained more than 30,000 patrons. The dynamic performance is the longest running production the Adrienne Arsht Center has ever presented, which means the stars of the show are quite the busy bunch. When the cast of Fuerza Bruta isn’t swimming in a mylar pool, running through moving walls and flipping through the air, what are they possibly up to? For many of them, this is their first trip to Miami and with physically demanding 7-day work weeks for the Adrienne Arsht Center’s longest-running show; one wonders how they are spending their off time in the “Magic City”.  Fuerza Bruta performers Martin Buzzo, Ilia Castro and Brooke Miyasaki took some time from their off-time for P.O.V. to find out.

Fuerza Bruta Cast on South Beach

Fuerza Bruta Cast on South Beach


Fuerza Bruta cast with the Miami Heat dancers

Fuerza Bruta cast with the Miami Heat dancers

Q: Have you been hanging out mostly on South Beach? If so, where?

A: Martin — I enjoy the beach both during day and night. I tend to hand out mostly at bars and lounges because I am not really a nightclub guy. I especially like Double Deuce, Jazid and Purdy Lounge. We hung out at Club 50 at the Viceroy where we enjoyed their fantastic rooftop.

Ilia — I’ve spent a lot of my free time on South Beach. I love sunbathing and just being near the ocean. It’s so peaceful and relaxing. Miami is the only place in the U.S. where you feel like you’re on a tropical island, but not be. Also, the music, the people, the vibe are all great.

Q: Where have you had your most memorable Miami evening outings? Why?

A: Ilia — The most memorable night I had here in Miami was at the nightclub, Space. We all went out as a cast. Everyone was having a good time. I love being around the people I’ve come to care about and just enjoy each others’ company.

Brooke — Some of my most memorable nights have been at Miami staples: a night by the pool at the Delano, a dinner in the Design District, music at Jazid, or in the water at South Beach.

Q: What about Miami has surprised you the most?

A: Ilia — The one thing about Miami that has surprised me the most is that the music scene out here is so diverse!!! You have everything from Hip Hop, to House, to Reggae. Whatever I’m in the mood for I can find on any night!

Brooke — I’ve been very taken back by the openness of the people of Miami. Socially, people want to connect, are open to embracing new cultures, food, experiences, etc, and they don’t have a problem expressing it. With that comes a very friendly outlook of the natives here. This is a culture of sun and sweat, and I see it reflected in the warmth of the people and a positive outlook on life in general.

High School Art Student Adds Novelty Touches to Fuerza Bruta Experience
July 21, 2009, 6:44 pm
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Born-and-raised Miami kid James Quinaz is an early riser in the realm of established art. A student at Design and Architecture Senior High (DASH), Quinaz’s art was selected to be featured in the Fuerza Bruta loading dock. Quinaz’s entire life has been influenced by art of all different mediums-from spray paint to film- but from an early age, he knew his biggest passion lay in the world of street art. His work in the loading dock, the entrance for the Fuerza Bruta production, headlines silhouetted figures, and plays on both bright and fading colors. Facial features in the works are powerful and dramatic and the highlight colors mirror and smooth out the image. Quinaz’s career in art is only beginning; after his classroom education is completed, he eagerly hopes to pursue his career in street art and become a professional artist and architect.

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Quinaz’s school, DASH, is a magnet school in the heart of the Design DistrictCurrently ranked as the 5th best public high school in the nation by US News & World Report, the school offers specialty programs in Architecture/Interior Design, Fashion Design, Industrial Design, Entertainment Technology, and Visual Communications/Web Design. The curriculum enforces a strong foundation in the fine arts, and students go beyond the classroom to pursue their specialties. With the assistance of the school, many students engage in internships with local design firms or enlist in dual-enrollment college-level design courses taught by professors from local colleges as well as by field professionals.

Hybrid Artists Tell P.O.V. Just What Makes Them Stand Out
July 21, 2009, 6:39 pm
Filed under: Fuerza Bruta

With video installations in both the Fuerza Bruta lobby and the G-Lounge, Maker&theMaDe steals the show. A practitioner of ‘hybrid art’, Maker&theMaDe primarily aims to fuse different media and genres together to produce new-age art with a message. Through combined creative talents, visionaries Adam Reign and Osiris S. have created this progressive, contemporary establishment. Missionaries of truth, these two artists deliver reality and authenticity in the most visually appealing of ways.
Free of restrictive boundary, artists of Maker&theMaDe are innovative and creative to the core. This bedrock notion is what directly allowed for the creation of the enthralling video installations at Fuerza Bruta.

Q: What major influences have compelled Maker&theMaDe to take the shape it bears today?

M&M: The biggest influences are the two main artists, Adam Reign and Osiris S., and their individual backgrounds and upbringings.
Adam’s background is in photography and film making, and Osiris’s background is in fine art, design, & motion graphics.

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Q: Would you say that the hybrid creations of Maker&theMaDe are revolutionary to the world of art?

M&M: Fundamentally speaking, yes; our work is about challenging the creation processes of photographic and design art, thus becoming part of a whole new wave of art. We are part of a new generation of emerging artists with fresh perspectives and inspirations, new ways of experiencing the world and universe around us. Never has there been a time or place that information is so freely given and available.
At the end of day, we just want to express ourselves and, in turn, create something anew through collaborative art and new technologies.
A wise man once said there is never a crowd on the leading edge.

Q: Is Hybrid Art a genre that aims to direct artists to a specified art form or does it act more as an outlet for new, avant-garde art genres?

M&M: It’s all about new avant-garde genres. It’s all about freeing one’s mind to really create work that doesn’t need to fit into a specific box. We feel it’s the wonderful manifestation of free minds across the globe.

Q: How did you get involved with the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts?

M&M: Our first experience with the Adrienne Arsht Center was via a close friend, dancer/choreographer Rosie Herrera and her 2009 “Here and Now” performance for Miami Light Project called Various Stages of Drowning: a Cabaret. For her show we made a short film that took place, for-the-most part, underwater. The shooting was awesome, the footage came out great, and the short film played as the end to her show. All in all, it was a fun experience that we feel has started a long collaboration with Rosie. After that show, we were reacquainted with Elizabeth Boone & Rebekah Lengel from Miami Light Project (Adam has known them since he was a 16-year-old bboy), from which, they recommended us to the Adrienne Arsht Center, as they were looking for good emerging artists that could produce original video content for an installation at Fuerza Bruta.

Q: What do you think of Fuerza Bruta as a parallel to your art? In other words, do you think the message of the two art forms can relate?

M&M: We were astonished when we first watched the clips from Fuerza Bruta!
It was striking and reassuring to feel the energy of the show and how similar we felt in terms of what we like our art to feel like and where our minds are heading.
From interviews we saw of the show’s creator Diqui James, he looks for truths: ever-lasting basic human connections that all humans throughout the history of time feel in some form or another. Our work at Maker&theMaDe aims to connect and promote similar human qualities through interesting and fun visual experiences.

For more information concerning Maker&theMaDe or hybrid art, check out http://makerandthemade.com or email hybrid@makerandthemade.com.

Francisco Olazabal’s bold images enrapture Fuerza Bruta audiences
July 7, 2009, 6:34 pm
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The work of Miami-based artist Francisco Olazabal perfectly accentuates the creatively industrial, street-wise vibe that welcomes audiences to Fuerza Bruta every evening. Olazabal’s colorful photography – an array of striking images of rugged turf and hidden beauty – adorns the Adrienne Arsht Center’s backstage, an area usually reserved for cast and crew that has been transformed into a public thoroughfare exclusively for the run of Fuerza Bruta (on stage through August 2).

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One of four Miami-based artists selected to showcase their work at the Arsht Center during the run of Fuerza Bruta, Olazabal displays pieces of time-worn posters dangling on decaying walls, captured in such a way that movement and decay actually serve as beautifying, meaningful effects of art.

Olazabal is represented by Miami’s Chelsea Galleria, an innovative establishment located in the Wynwood Art District, just a few blocks north of the Center. Born in Havana, Cuba, Olazabal immigrated to the states in 1960. Never more than a serious hobby until his later years in life, photography has now given Francisco Olazabal an outlet for his creative passions. Olazabal gained more fully a sense of art and of his calling after taking classes at the University of Miami. He now travels throughout Europe and the U.S. on his journey to capture beauty in even the obscurest of places, using both film and digital imaging in his photographs.

1- Fransisco Olazabal by Mitchell Zachs

To learn about the other artists featured at the Adrienne Arsht Center during Fuerza Bruta, visit  https://arshtpov.wordpress.com and look out for future editions of P.O.V.

An Experience Beyond the Show
July 1, 2009, 3:37 pm
Filed under: Fuerza Bruta

The Fuerza Bruta lobby is as alive and interactive as the show.  Audiences can participate in activities that reach far outside the building’s walls, connecting patrons with others everywhere.

Interested in finding new friends? The Miami New Times “Like Me” kiosk connects people with similar likes, hobbies and habits.  Enter your name and preferences to meet people in any area who are just like you.  The ‘Like Me’ kiosk is located lobby right.


Record your thoughts on Fuerza Bruta pre- and post show in our testimonial booth, located lobby left. Testimonial videos are filmed and then instantly uploaded to any email address you specify.  Audiences line up after the show to share their Fuerza Bruta experience with friends and family. Testimonial videos are free to audience members. 

More than a show, Fuerza Bruta is an experience that connects audiences to each other and the world at large.

Miami’s Fresh Monkey decked the Adrienne Arsht Center loading dock
June 30, 2009, 3:39 pm
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Daniel Aaron Fila aka Krave, aka Fresh Monkey, 28, is legit. By that, we mean he has a BFA from Columbus College of Art and Design and a master’s degree in Street Art from the School of Hard Knocks. The Miami native has worked in the area for more than 10 years as a graffiti street artist with a particular penchant for murals. Fila is one of 4 Miami-based artists selected to showcase their work at the Adrienne Arsht Center during the run of Fuerza Bruta, now on stage through August 2.

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His latest work can now be seen on the east wall of the Adrienne Arsht Center’s loading dock, which has been converted into an industrial-inspired main entrance to the Center’s summer hit Fuerza Bruta. The “Fresh Monkey,” the character at the center of the Adrienne Arsht Center painting and at the core of many of Fila’s works, has been referred to as the artist’s alter-ego, and first came about while he was doing a school project years ago. The “fresh” refers to the little creature’s proclivity for trouble. Although Fila says he sometimes feels caged in when it comes to expressing himself, his naughty little alter-ego can be seen all over the city in some of the most colorful graffiti art Miami has seen.

In 2003, Fila gained notoriety for his provocative 2003 “Erin” mural, a 13-foot posterior-view nude that graced the east wall of Oppenheim Architecture and Design in the heart of the Design District. The mural was mysteriously, and ironically enough, painted over illegally, but the building is now adorned with a new work entitled “Adam and Eve,” featuring Paleolithic-style fertility figures with large hips, curvy torsos, and small heads. Fila’s work has been featured at Art Basel, and he has also worked on projects for such notable brands as MTV, the Ritz-Carlton, and Greyhound bus lines. Recently, the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau featured his artwork on a city wall as part of a national ad campaign celebrating Miami’s culture.

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To learn about the other artists featured at the Adrienne Arsht Center during Fuerza Bruta, visit https://arshtpov.wordpress.com/ and look out for future editions of P.O.V.

Rapper Lil Wayne attends Fuerza Bruta
June 16, 2009, 9:42 pm
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If you came to the Saturday, June 13 evening performance of Fuerza Bruta, you might have rubbed elbows with GRAMMY® Award-winning recording artist Lil Wayne. The star rapper made a surprise appearance at the Magic City’s interactive summer show taking place at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. Upon arrival, Lil Wayne waited in his limo as a friend went inside the Ziff Ballet Opera House loading dock, which has been transformed into an industrially and futuristically-styled entrance to Fuerza Bruta.  His companion purchased four tickets and the group snuck in right at curtain, easily blending into the crowd of Fuerza Bruta showgoers.


A celebrity sighting is nothing new for Fuerza Bruta.  The New York engagement has frequent A-list fan visits including Leonardo DiCaprio, Jude Law, Justin Timberlake, Madonna, Jessica Alba, Cameron Diaz, Sting, Britney Spears, Harrison Ford, Tyra Banks, Robert DeNiro, Catherine Zeta Jones, Sandra Bullock, Adrian Grenier, Lucy Liu, Demi Moore, and Drew Barrymore!

Fuerza Bruta has audiences all a-Twitter!
June 16, 2009, 7:16 pm
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Since Fuerza Bruta opened last week, the online community is all a-Twitter with instant reviews of the one-of-a-kind production! Twitter is one of the many vehicles the Adrienne Arsht Center uses to get the pulse of the public and a reality check on how the shows are doing, or as this Center reporter says … “Tweets are the reviews of the streets!” So far, the temperature for Fuerza Bruta is pretty high, indicating this is one hot show not to be missed.


Here are some of the Fuerza Bruta opening night tweets…

GinoCampodonico – Fuerza bruta was out of control!!! Never been to a show like that. Loooooved it! Prepare to get wet 😉

SkyIsOpen – Fuerza Bruta…simply speechless. Breath taking.

Whodany – Fuerza Bruta was the most amazing piece of performing art, we have ever seen – best of all, you feel like at a club 😉

cali2425 – Fuerza Bruta was amazing. It is so simple, yet different than anything else I’ve seen. Kind of performance art…

sweatrecords – Btw, Fuerza Bruta was indescribably amazing … it beats Cirque Du Soleil by a squillion. It’s on for 4 more weeks -GO!

yellitddot – Just watched Fuerza Bruta in Miami – killer show!

hugobr2009 – I just saw the show Fuerza Bruta and I must say it’s one of the best shows I’ve ever been to. An experience is like no other…

miamiherald – Something very cool to see this weekend: Fuerza Bruta – performance art that will blow your senses away

Since this is a young and energetic production, the majority of the audience is twitter-savvy, which gives the Adrienne Arsht Center the opportunity to play heavily in cyber-space. While a good review in The Miami Herald lends a show credibility and even longevity, several hundred good tweets jump start the word-of-mouth hype akin to a recommendation from your best friend.

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Barton G.’s G-Lounge: Miami’s new pre- and post-show hotspot
June 16, 2009, 6:47 pm
Filed under: Fuerza Bruta

The Fuerza Bruta experience would not be complete without the G-Lounge by Barton G. Miami restaurateur and event impresario, Barton G. Weiss, has truly mastered the art of environmental transformations with his open, industrial design of the G-Lounge, located between the lobby and the Lynn Wolfson Stage where Fuerza Bruta is performed eight times per week. P.O.V. sat down with Barton G. to discuss the design, the food and, yes, those liquid nitrogen Cosmos!


P.O.V.: Tell us about your inspiration for the design of the G-Lounge?

Barton G: The inspiration for the G-Lounge came directly from Fuerza Bruta’s conceptual framework. I wanted to create an environment inspired by the raw energy and thought-provoking aesthetic presented in the show…a space that serves to set the tone as guests arrive for pre-show cocktails and then transforms into a post-show nightclub while evoking the spirit of Fuerza Bruta.

P.O.V.: How long did it take to build the G-Lounge and what were some of the creative/design roadblocks or hurdles?

Barton G: The concept and design of the G-Lounge transpired over a period of several weeks, beginning from when I first saw the New York performance and then returned to Miami to meet with the Adrienne Arsht Center and my creative team. There are challenges to every project, but having the opportunity to design an environment that would co-exist with the Fuerza Bruta experience was an immeasurable pleasure.

P.O.V.: The G-Lounge has an exceptionally creative and affordable menu, including fun foods like burgers on a stick and vegetarian noodles served right out of a Chinese takeout carton. What was the inspiration for your ‘Bocaditos’ menu?

Barton G: ‘Bocaditos’ are small bites that I felt would be appropriate in a lounge or nightclub setting. I wanted to give a fresh twist on popular items, such as the cheeseburgers, sushi pops and empanadas on sticks…while also creating a fun menu that incorporated a fusion of traditional American and Latin American selections. And the use of ‘Bocaditos,’ a word originating from Argentina, is a playful nod to the Argentine creators of Fuerza Bruta.

P.O.V.: Based on its popularity, it’s clear that the G-Lounge’s signature drink Nitro Cosmo is a must have! Please tell us about your liquid nitrogen drinks.

Barton G: Everyone loves the liquid nitrogen drinks! By using the nitrogen, we are able to freeze alcohol at minus 320 degrees Fahrenheit. We have frozen rum in our ‘Coca Bruta’…a Fuerza Bruta-inspired reinterpretation of the traditional rum and coke. The ‘Nitro Cosmo’ comes with a frozen vodka pop, and the ‘Block Impulse’ is made with frozen Johnnie Walker ice cubes! G-Lounge guests are also responding to our ‘Shot Pops’…shots of lemon vodka or Patron tequila frozen at minus 30 degrees Fahrenheit on our anti-griddles.

P.O.V. Before the show, the G-Lounge is bustling with patrons meeting up with their friends to have pre-show cocktails. After the show, the vibe changes as the G-Lounge stimulates all your senses with dimmed fluorescent lighting and a DJ spinning the latest hits from high above the bar. Did you intentionally create two different feels for the same lounge?

Barton G: Most definitely…the change in vibe is key to the G-Lounge, and it has been designed to mirror the emotional space of the audience. Guests are in a completely different mindset when they arrive in the G-Lounge before the show as opposed to when they exit the show, having just encountered a surreal world of highly physical and visual elements. The G-Lounge post-show experience builds upon the energy and intensity of Fuerza Bruta.


Thank you Barton G. for taking the time to talk with P.O.V. about the G-Lounge.

Local DJ Adds Flair and Fun to Fuerza Bruta!
June 16, 2009, 6:41 pm
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Equally as integral to Fuerza Bruta as the man running on a treadmill and the swimming beauties is the club atmosphere of the G-Lounge. Orchestrating the mood for the lounge is international music mixologist DJ Sama.

Miami’s DJ Felix Sama holds a special place in the city’s heart as a South Florida local and established pioneer in the world of club music. DJ Sama is an all-around luminary – accomplished club DJ, founder of a disc jockey school, music producer, radio personality for Power 96 and HBC Broadcast’s Salsa 98, and television host for Telemundo/Universal. Music virtuoso to the core, he was also an early adherent to both the Latin hip hop and Reggaeton movements. To give back to the community, Sama co-founded the Rhythm City DJ Skool and prepares young future mixers with the skills they need to master the fine art of DJ-ing.

Born in Havana, Cuba, Sama moved to the United States at age 2.  Success came early for DJ Sama when he scored his first job as house DJ at Miami’s Playboy Club at the age of 16.

Recently, the star fills an ever-expanding busy schedule. In addition to his numerous DJ gigs and teaching obligations, Sama has become the Adrienne Arsht Center’s new resident DJ. The concept of a resident DJ is new to the Adrienne Arsht Center, but this is not Sama’s first encounter with the Center. He added funk and fun to the Center’s Family Fest this past April, offering kids a DJ lesson filled with insider tips and tricks of the trade.

Sama’s work may soon be seen on the stage – he is currently developing a play called Latino Block Party.



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