Looking Back and Paying it Forward – Christopher Rudd and Getting a Chance

NOTE: I wrote this story as a freelance writer for the Miami Herald in 1995. I reproduce it exactly here as perspective on my just posted storyFull Circle – Choreographer Christopher Rudd returns to Miami with Dance NOW! EXPLORING BALLET, A FIELD OFTEN CONSIDERED OFF-LIMITS FOR BLACKS, THESE YOUNG MEN TAKE A LEAP OF COURAGE. Reporter:…

Dance Deja Vu – Edward Villella and Three Generations of Ballet in Miami

When Edward Villella first performed Tarantella, the rocket-powered pas de deux that George Balanchine made on him and Patricia McBride in 1964, he had to drop to his hands and knees to catch his breath every time he shot offstage. Today in Miami he watched, smiling, as Eric Pikieris and Claudia Lezcano, of Dimensions Dance…

Voluptuous Rigor – Trisha Brown Dance Company at ICA Miami

Luscious and austere. Severely abstract and exuberantly physical. In her half-century long career, choreographer Trisha Brown traversed the limits of expression to create a unique and profoundly influential body of work. Which makes it an extremely big deal that the Trisha Brown Dance Company is performing at the ICA Miami this week, their first time…

Piano Man – Cuban maestro Chucho Valdés returns to Miami

In his 70 plus year career, the great Cuban jazz pianist Chucho Valdés has gone from  revolutionary to institution. Both aspects will be showcased Friday, when Valdés leads Irakere 45, a tribute to the groundbreaking Cuban jazz fusion band, at the Adrienne Arsht Center. The almost sold out show, which launches a U.S. tour that…

A big boost for Miami artists

ArtCenter South Florida announced a major new artist grant program Wednesday, the most striking product yet of the possibilities created by the $88 million sale of one of its Lincoln Road properties in 2014 and the first major initiative of new CEO and president Dennis Scholl. The Ellies, named for ArtCenter founder Ellie Schneiderman, will…

Don’t Get Weary – Alvin Ailey’s leader on Dancing in Troubled Times

(Photo – AAADT in Robert Battle’s Mass. Photo by Paul Kolnik.) In what has become a beloved Miami tradition, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to the Adrienne Arsht Center today through Sunday, marking a full decade of regular seasons here. This year the highlight is work from the company’s two Miami-bred members, artistic…

Boyz, Boys, Boyeeeeee – Britain’s BalletBoyz debut in Miami

Yes, Balanchine famously once said “ballet is woman.” But this Saturday, it will be emphatically male – as Britain’s famed BalletBoyz make their Miami debut at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center. (Together with France’s Compagnie Herve Koubi at the Olympia Theater downtown, it makes for a feast of masculine dance sensation in South Florida….

Compagnie Hervé Koubi – dancing across borders

The French choreographer Hervé Koubi was searching for his roots when he first travelled to the former French colony of Algeria. But what he has found was not the country his parents left behind but something new: a thrilling realm of physical frontiers and cultural riches created by Koubi and his troupe of Algerian and…