Like Life and Love. A review of Rosie Herrera’s “Carne Viva.”

Rosie Herrera’s Carne Viva at Miami Light Project last Thursday started with a deceptively static pose: dancer Simon Thomas-Train holding Ivonne Batanero overhead. But this is not a traditionally triumphant dance lift. His arms extend straight up, his hands gripping her armpits, while her arms reach directly out to the side, so that she becomes…

Body Power – Rosie Herrera’s “Carne Viva” Bares Body and Soul in Wynwood

For a dancer, flesh is power: content, identity, expression, being. In Catholicism – and romantic love – flesh is weak: temptation, vulnerability. Choreographer Rosie Herrera digs into those contradictions in Carne Viva, the first group piece her company has performed in Miami in years, showing at the Miami Light Project’s space in Wynwood Thursday through…

Talking about Dougla and Dance Theatre of Harlem

The next Dance Talk in the series I’ve been hosting for the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center is for the much anticipated return of Dance Theatre of Harlem, which made a big stir last year when the Center hosted the company’s return to Miami after almost two decades. We’ll explore the inspiration and background of…

Poetry in Motion – The Return of Brigid Baker’s Big Beautiful and Wonderlawn

The choreographer and avant-garde godmother Brigid Baker stages a rare performance outside her Little Havana creative home, the 6th Street Dance Studio, this Thursday and Friday. Baker, a key (though not always sufficiently acknowledged as such) master dance teacher and artistic mentor in Miami, will present her pieces Wonderlawn, a reflection on the early AIDS…

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…

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….