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OFFSTAGE WITH AILEY

The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater thrills and delights onstage each season at the Center, but this year the company’s engagement featured some major star turns off stage as well. The opening night cast party for Adrienne Arsht Center members has become a favorite Ailey tradition, with sophisticated Bombay Sapphire cocktails and serious dancefloor pyrotechnics. DJ Walshy Fire tweeted his review of the party: “off the CHAAAAAIN!”

During the engagement, the Center threw an “only in Miami” pig roast for the Ailey company. Forget traditional BBQ parties—this was a Cuban classic, cooked to perfection! 134 pounds of lechon nearly disappeared as the entire Ailey company feasted…in between performances!

Football royalty and dancing star himself, Chad Ochocinco, also added to the Ailey glow at the Center. A long-standing fan of the company and perhaps slightly obsessed with Artistic Director extraordinaire Judith Jamison, Ochocinco came for a performance and stayed for a special meet and greet with the company and his dance idol.

On stage or off, the Ailey company shines in the Magic City and we can’t wait for their return next season!



B-BOY BATTLE IN THE PLAZA

It’s two turntables and a microphone.  It’s lyrics to go.  It’s straight outta Compton, Queensbridge, and Miami!   It’s hip hop – one of America’s greatest cultural expressions, and it’s alive and well at the Adrienne Arsht Center like never before.  Last week a dozen young dancers took the best of hip hop from the streets of Philly to the stage in Miami, performing as part of acclaimed choreographer Rennie Harris’ second company, RHAW: Rennie Harris Awe-Inspiring Works.

In celebration of this thrilling young troupe’s Miami debut, the Center threw an old school block party, filling the Thomson Plaza for the Arts with DJs, MCs, and Miami’s finest b-boys who threw down in a breakdance battle par excellence.  As the official RHAW after party, the B-Boy Battle featured DJ Griot from 99 Jamz, DJ Brimstone/127, Ground Zero Crew, the Flipside Kings, and of course the RHAW dancers who couldn’t help but join in the freestyle jam session.  Even Dr. Rennie Harris himself was moved by the spirit of Kool Herc and took to the dance floor to show the youngsters how it is done.  Long live hip hop, one of America’s greatest art forms!



DANCE AT THE CENTER

February 2011 marks a milestone month for dance at the Center.  The Center expects to see more than 22,000 South Floridians leap through our doors for diverse and dynamic dance programs, making the Adrienne Arsht Center one of the premier venues for dance in the country.  Earlier this month Peru Negro and Eva Ayllon had Miamians dancing in the aisles; Miami City Ballet enchanted with a mixed bill featuring masterworks by Balanchine, Taylor and Tharp;  last week Rennie Harris’ young hip hop troupe, RHAW, made their Miami debut; and next week Flamenco Festival returns for the fourth consecutive season with Spain’s leading ambassadors of flamenco, Ballet Nacional de España.

This weekend, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater soars into town for what has become a beloved Miami tradition – the company’s annual performance residency at the Center showcasing the world’s greatest dancers and one of the most inspiring dance masterpieces, Revelations.  This season, Ailey celebrates 50 years of Revelations, honoring a dance that has travelled across continents, touching audience members from Brooklyn to South Africa.  Artistic Director Judith Jamison, now in the final year of her incredible 25-year tenure at the helm of the company, makes her last stop in Miami this season, passing the torch to Liberty City native Robert Battle.  With Miami’s native son posed to step into perhaps the most prominent dance leadership position in the country, now more than ever dance in Miami is exploding onto the local and national scene.

Come dance with us!



FLAMENCO FESTIVAL IS BACK WITH PERFORMANCES, CLASSES, WORKSHOPS AND MORE
February 17, 2011, 9:01 pm
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Immerse yourself in flamenco!

In addition to the long-awaited return to Miami of Ballet Nacional de España, Flamenco Festival Miami 2011 features the 6th annual Festival of Flamenco Song, making its Flamenco Festival debut with a multitude of interactive educational workshops and the highly anticipated Café Cantante performances, which just added a third show due to unprecedented demand for tickets.

This year’s Flamenco Festival kicks off with a variety of education and outreach activities welcoming the community to learn about unique flamenco traditions. In a lecture titled “A Half-Century of Flamenco, 1960-2010,” writer and journalist Estela Zatania will speak about the evolution of the flamenco art form and present a film titled Duende y Misterio del Flameco, directed by Edgar Neville.

There is also a chance to learn cante from Gabriel de la Tomasa. He is quickly gaining recognition for his dedication to preserving the traditional songs he has learned from his father, singer Jose de la Tomasa, and for the passion with which he interprets the cante jondo, the deepest and most difficult of the flamenco styles. Macarena de Jerez, a dancer and singer who excels at the bulerias style of flamenco, which comes from her home town of Jerez de la Frontera (Spain), gives everyone an opportunity to learn a traditional bulerias dance. Also, Siempre Flamenco’s musical director, Paco Fonta, will teach participants an “Introduction to Flamenco Guitar.”

In the Carnival Studio Theater, Café Cantante will feature living legend Luis Vargas along with rising stars Macarena de Jerez and Gabriel de la Tomasa, accompanied by authentic flamenco dance performed by the Siempre Flamenco Company.  Deep emotions that emanate from flamenco song unite with the intricate fury of dance in a unique performance that will exhilarate audiences with an up-close experience.

Once again, Flamenco Festival Miami makes the Adrienne Arsht Center the best place—outside the motherland—to see the best music and dance of Spain.

For more information on educational event times and locations, click here.




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