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…

#HerToo – Pioneering Performance Artist Karen Finley Takes Miami

Listen up kids. One of the raddest and baddest female performance artists ever is playing Miami tonight (Friday). Before #metoo, before mansplaining was called out, before performance was “time-based art,” Karen Finley was shocking our cultural system. Calling out the patriarchy? Finley took her challenge to the Supreme Court. Finley was one of the most…

She’s in Control: Antonia Wright at Spinello Projects for Art Week

Control. Antonia Wright’s fast, brutal blast of a performance piece at Spinello Projects for Miami Art Week, took on multiple interpretations with that title. It’s a kind of miracle of meaning, a whole potentially tedious aesthetic and political essay in two syllables. The preparation took longer than the piece. On the Saturday I attended, the…

Listen to the Dead – Tania El Khoury’s Gardens Speak

What may well be the most powerful, unique and mesmerizing work in all of Miami Art Week is buried in a room at the side of the Fillmore Miami Beach. In Tania El Khoury’s Gardens Speak, the dead come alive and speak directly to us. The piece is an indefinable mix of installation, story-telling, sound,…

Miami’s Cultural Godmother is Leaving

(Photo – Mary Luft performing in 1979) Performance art? We got that. Contemporary dance? Check. Musical experiments? Yup. Shows in warehouses and other non-theater spaces? Absolutely. A spot on the U.S. cultural map? Sure. That we do owes much to Mary Luft, Miami’s cultural godmother. In 1979 she launched Tigertail Productions to present the radical,…

The singular, spectacular Joey Arias

Long before drag was mainstream and creating a gender-blurring self was an activist act, Joey Arias was doing both. The singular diva, singer and artist-entertainer, who performs Friday as part of Fundarte’s Out in the Tropics festival, is a legendary founding figure of New York’s art/music/nightlife underground. A word he scoffs at, one of the…

Natasha Tsakos Invents the Future

Creative moldbreaker Natasha Tsakos is a singularly original Miami artist who’s been  showcased in the kind of forums where you rarely find artists: TED, Google, IBM, the United Nations. She’s made her name, and her work, uniting her two loves, technology and performance; equally enthusiastic about the profound human power of traditional theater and the…