Point of View

April 8, 2010, 9:12 pm
Filed under: Miami Light Projects

Following on the heels of Miami Made 2010, a tremendous festival featuring homegrown local talent commissioned and showcased in the Adrienne Arsht Center’s intimate Carnival Studio Theater, the Center recently announced the next wave of Miami Made news: a call for local artists to submit proposals for the 2010-2011 Festival.  Miami Made is central to the Center’s mission to expand the boundaries of the performing arts by nurturing and supporting artists, particularly those working and living in our own community. This support ranges from commissioning new works from artists, but also by helping them develop their ideas through classes, readings, and workshops, and finally, by producing and presenting public performances of these works.

Artists living and working in South Florida are invited to submit proposals for new works in any area of the performing arts, including mixed media, works that extend beyond current artistic practices, and works that incorporate new technology.  Projects may be of any scale and suitable for performance either indoors or outdoors.  In developing proposals, artists should take into account the range of venues and alternative spaces at the Center (visit www.arshtcenter.org/tech for details). 

This summer the Adrienne Arsht Center will select several proposals for further creative development, ongoing guidance from the Center’s artistic staff, and opportunities to participate in think tank sessions with other arts professionals.  From this selected group of artists, projects will then be chosen for commissioning, additional creative development supported by the Center, and possible presentation. 

The proposal deadline is Friday, June 4, 2010 at 5pm.  For guidelines please visit: www.arshtcenter.org/miamimade or contact us at: miamimade@arshtcenter.org or the Miami Made Hotline: 786-468-2094. Miami Made has been supporting local Miami artists of all genres since 2005, commissioning, developing, educating, workshopping, and presenting new work.  This past year’s Miami Made included the world premieres of work by noted Miami artists Rosie Herrera, Rudi Goblen, and Jillian Mayer, plus special behind-the-scenes events including showcase presentations by Miami-born choreographer Letty Bassart and nationally acclaimed playwright Tarrel McCraney.

February 24, 2010, 4:52 pm
Filed under: Miami Light Projects

The Adrienne Arsht Center’s Miami Made Weekend, March 5 – 7, promises three thrilling days packed with exciting mainstage performances and free, behind-the-scenes events, all spotlighting artists working and living in South Florida.  The weekend’s flagship showcase, Here & Now, co-produced with Miami Light Project, features three world premieres by local Miami artists commissioned jointly by the Adrienne Arsht Center and Miami Light Project to create new work especially for the festival.  Free, ticketed events include Incubator: works-in-progress; Outloud: play reading; and Talking Here & Now: panel discussions with leaders in the performing arts arena. 

Check out the sneak preview of the commissioned artists creating new work for Here & Now: 2010.

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.

DBR Invades the Adrienne Arsht Center
May 5, 2009, 1:58 am
Filed under: Miami Light Projects

Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) is a classically trained composer, performer, violinist, and band-leader noted for blending funk, rock, hip-hop and classical music into an energetic and experiential sonic form. Co-presented by the Miami Light Projects, DBR presented his unique sound this past week at two very special performances, the first of which was at the intimate Haitian restaurant Tap Tap on Thursday, April 30 and then in the dramatic and acoustically outstanding Knight Concert Hall of the Adrienne Arsht Center on Friday, May 1. 

A native of Margate, Florida and of Haitian-American heritage, DBR’s humble and gracious attitude invaded both performance locations this past week. His dramatic pieces range from orchestral scores and energetic chamber works. With his Family in the audience for Thursday night’s private event, the musician performed “Defeated,” an ESPN commissioned piece, and a Jimmy Hendrix-style rendition of “Amazing Grace.”  With his glasses at the end of his nose, dreadlocks in his face, and his eyes closed, DBR strummed the violin like a guitar as he rocked out the classic American standard as a hippy-like jam session crossed with stunning classical undertones.  The intimate crowd appeared blown away by DBR’s ability to create this new and interesting sound from his instrument of choice.    




(L-R) Emeline Michele, M. John Richard, DBR

(L-R) Emeline Michele, M. John Richard, DBR



DBR was excited to be able to perform in Miami again. He was very enthusiastic and excited about his Adrienne Arsht Center debut last Friday and said it was a dream come true to be given the opportunity to perform in this “acoustically world-class facility.” Both evenings DBR was accompanied on stage with, who he has dubbed “the queen of Haitian song,” Emeline Michele. The Haitian-born singer/song writer had the audience on their feet as her beautifully unique voice was crossed with traditional island rhythms and inspiring lyrics.  DBR said Emiline’s musicianship is “medicine for the soul,” and I know everyone in attendances felt the same way. Immediately following the Friday performance, fans crowed around both DBR and Emiline while they humbely took pictures and signed autographs for two hours in the lobby and patron’s salon of the Knight Concert Hall.


DBR and Emeline Michele at the Knight Concert Hall, May 1, 2009

DBR and Emeline Michele at the Knight Concert Hall, May 1, 2009

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