Thursday, March 31, 2011

Momentum Dance Company Presents The Miami Dance Festival 2011, April 2-May 15

Tickets for all ticketed events are available online at For festival information call 305-858-7002 or the specific event venue.

Festival Schedule of Events

Ballet Flamenco La Rosa, World Premiere of "Cesar y Cleopatra"

April 2 at 8pm & April 3 at 3pm

Ballet Flamenco La Rosa presents the World Premiere of "Cesar y Cleopatra" by award winning choreographer Ilisa Rosal. George Bernard Shaw's classic play is taken into a new realm of expression in this Flamenco dance/drama with guest artists from Spain.

General admission tickets: In advance $25/ Students $15/ Seniors $20. At the door: $30/ Students $20/ Seniors $25 For information contact PAN, the Performing Arts Network, at 305-899-7730 or, and Ballet Flamenco La Rosa at 305-899-7729 or

Florida Dance Theater in "Innovations"

April 8 at 8pm

Florida Dance Theater in "Innovations"
The Lakeland, Fla.-based Florida Dance Theater under the Artistic Direction of Carol Krajacic-Erkes last performed at the Miami Dance Festival to critical and audience praise in 2008. Highlights of the contemporary dance  performance include two new works by the company directors. Fallen Angel, choreographed by Krajacic-Erkes and set to original music by Leonard Levash, is a dark, moving piece about the struggle with outside influences. Red Moon, choreographed by Associate Director and Resident Choreographer Ferdinand DeJesus, is inspired by an idea that when inhabitants of the Earth see a lunar eclipse, astronauts on the moon would be bathed in red light and experience a solar eclipse.

General admission tickets: $20/ Students & Seniors $15. For tickets and information call 305-674-1040 or 305-858-7002

Dance Now! Ensemble Performs in Dade Heritage Days Event

Coco Plum Women's Club, 1375 Sunset Drive, Coral Gables
April 17 at 3pm

Dance Now! presents a moving evening of dance at the historic women's club in conjunction with Dade Heritage Days featuring Drawing Circles, Director Salterini's homage to Mimo Architecture in the theme of Dade Heritage Days.

Tickets: $20/$10 (Cash or check only at the venue) For information call 305-975-8489 or 305-858-7002

Festival Film Night at Miami Beach Cinematheque

Historic City Hall, 1130 Washington Avenue, First Floor South
April 20 at 7:30pm 

"Caligula," a high definition ballet presented in collaboration with Emerging Pictures. From the Paris Ballet, Paris, France, Composed by Antonio Vivaldi, Choreographed by Nicolas Le Riche.

Cast: Caligula: Stéphane Bullion, Lune: Clairemarie Osta, Mnester: Nicolas Paul, Chaerea: Aurélien Houette, Incitatus: Mathias Heymann, Caesonia: Eleonora Abbagnato

About the Production: Caligula is Danseur Étoile Nicolas Le Riche's first choreography for the Ballet de l'Opéra National de Paris, and is one of the most interesting and experimental productions in years. Intrigued by the complex and troubling personality of the Roman emperor, the choreographer evokes the torments of a frail man capable of loving the moon and idolizing his horse, a man impassioned by theater and constantly playing a role himself. Nicolas Le Riche overturns clichés and embarks upon an intimate exploration of a rich and complex personality. Built in the style of Racine's tragedy, the ballet is structured in five acts, three scenes with four pantomime interludes. The story conforms to the rule of the three units of time, place and action. Accompanied by Vivaldi's Four Seasons, which illustrates the irremediable passage of time, the dance, in all its depth and energy, translates the poetry and the violence inherent in a life consumed at lightning speed by excess. Running time: 1 hour 24 minutes, no intermission. The screening of "Caligula" is preceded by a discussion on the French-style of ballet.

$16 General Admission/ $15 Miami Dance Festival and Miami Beach Cinematheque members. For information and ticketing contact 306-67-FILMS (673-4567) or visit   

Dance Now! and Little Haiti Cultural Center Present "Little Haiti Neighborhood Nights"

Little Haiti Cultural Center, 212 NE 59th Terrace, Miami
April 29 at 7pm

A preview of the upcoming season finale at the Byron Carlyle featuring audience favorites from the 2010/11 season including work of renowned West Coast Choreographer Tandy Beal.

Tickets are $20/$10 (Cash or check only at the venue). Call 305-960-2967, 305-975-8489 or 305-858-7002 for information.

Dance Now! And the Bass Museum of Art present "EKPHRASIS2: More Art from Art as part of Miami Museum Month"

Bass Museum of Art, 2121 Park Avenue, Miami Beach
May 1 at 12:30pm & 2:30pm

Dance Now! returns to the Bass Museum to present a site-specific, roving performance event created directly with the current exhibitions. FREE with museum admission
Information: 305-673-7530, 305-975-8489 or 305-858-7002

Critics Roundtable Panel Discussion

Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach 
Free Admission
May 5 at 7pm

Noted writer and dance historian Dr. Andrea M. Seidel (Florida International University) will moderate a panel discussion with audience interaction that focuses on how critics look at and write about dance, what criteria they use, their responsibilities in writing about dance in a young arts community, and their audiences. Critics include: Celeste Fraser Delgado from the Knight Arts Blog, Orlando Taquechel from El Nuevo Herald, and writers from the newly launched Artburst media service.

Brazz Dance Theater, Artistic Director Augusto Soledade, presents an informal performance immediately following the discussion. Soledade will comment on his creative process, field questions from the audience, and seek feedback as he exhibits Cordell, a new work in progress. 

Dance Now! Program III: Best of Now! Decade 2 

Byron Carlyle Theater, 500 71 Street, Miami Beach
May 7 at 8pm

Celebrating the first year of its second decade, Dance Now! presents an evening of audience favorites from the 2010/11 season including work of renowned West Coast Choreographer Tandy Beal.

Tickets: $35/$30/$15/$10. Colony Box Office: 305-674-1040, Ext., 1, 305-975-8489 or 305-858-7002

CORE Performance Group/Corazon Abriendo (Heart Opening)

Byron Carlyle Theater, 500 71 Street, Miami Beach
May 13 at 8pm

Atlanta based CORE Performance Group returns to the Festival with a multi-media dance and theater work that expresses the struggles and triumphs of the Maya peoples. Corazón Abriendo (Heart Opening) is a portal that transports the audience into the vivid, lush atmosphere of the highlands and rainforests of Chiapas, Mexico through a multimedia 'cloth' of dance, sculpture, video, and music skillfully woven together. Echoes of ancient civilizations overlap with the energy of modern life as the artistic sensibilities of contemporary dancers meld with the traditional weaving arts of the Mayan people. CORE Performance Company weaves music, dance, storytelling, videography and the sights and sounds collected from Chiapas into this exceptional performance piece. 

Tickets: $30 in advance/ 35 at the door/Students & Seniors $15/ Groups $10. Colony Box Office: 305-674-1040

Momentum Dance Company Spring Season 2011

Byron Carlyle Theater, 500 71 Street, Miami Beach
May 14 at 8pm & May 15 at 7pm

Miami Dance Festival's host company offers a repertory concert that features two new works. The program includes Doris Humphrey's historic 1928 work Water Study, considered a breakthrough work when it was created, and which still looks very contemporary 78 years later. Also, Artistic Director Delma Iles brings back Window. Originally created in 1987 to an original score by Dr. Dennis Kam, it is inspired by paintings by Joan Miro. Last season's premiere, Cobia, returns with a fresh new original score by Dr. Devin Marsh. Iles will premiere a new work, Pots and Pans, about pots and pans, ingredients, appetite, hunger and wanting more than you should have.

Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door/Students & Seniors $15 Groups $10. Colony Box Office: 305-674-1040 x1

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