Miami Light Project’s latest bunch of Here & Now artists are about to get their shining moment. Fresh from the rehearsal studios, Here & Now: 2012 opens on Feb. 2 with new work by Luis Alberto Cuevas, Ivonne Batanero, Carlota Pradera & Priscilla Marrero, and Natasha Tsakos. Each artist will debut a new, 20-minute performance, with the full program running each night. You have six chances to catch the show, which runs through Saturday, Feb. 11.
Every year, Miami Light Project follows through on their mission to build and protect a sustainable creative environment for local performing artists. Miami’s creative community tends to come and go, so efforts like these are vital lifelines that give artists room to grow and opportunities to take creative risks. Here & Now is a chance for them to step up their game.
Here & Now: 2012, a Knight Emerging Artist Series, has graced each commissioned artist with a generous $4,000 award, free rehearsal space, full production support, and the prestige of a nationally recognized commission. For a developing artist, this is a huge boost, a chance to grow beyond the confines of self-production and gain exposure to a wider audience. Many past Here & Now artists, including Rosie Herrera, Letty Bassart, and Octavio Campos, have gone on to win noteworthy residencies and fellowships, producing ever more ambitious work.
If you’ve been following Miami dance performance, every commissioned artist on this year’s roster will be familiar in face or name. What’s more, every one has at some time been a performer in a Here & Now piece — truly, it’s a tight-knit scene.
Luis Alberto Cuevas, an accomplished local performer, unravels the absurdity of traditional dance conventions. He certainly has the range of experience to back up the idea: he has worked with Rosie Herrera Dance Theater, Teo Castellanos’ D-Projects, Peter London, Garth Fagan, and Momentum Dance Company among others. For Here & Now, Cuevas will use live video feed, spoken text and performance art to make us laugh at our own expectations of beauty in performance.
This year, Ivonne Batanero, a performer who has appeared with Rosie Herrera Dance Theater and Letty Bassart among others, emerges as a choreographer in her own right. Her piece recreates a night terror as a route into the unconscious. In the spirit of Here & Now, Batanero’s project is multimedia and highly collaborative — beyond her cast of dancers, she has brought in a visual effects artist, composer, writer, and group of musicians.
The multimedia thread runs throughout the evening. Natasha Tsakos has crossed into almost every entertainment medium — theater, circus performance, music video, television shows, technology forums, and more. She describes her 2012 Here & Now project as a “multi-media epic quantic adventure throughout Time with 3D mapping technology.” This new piece represents her second Here & Now commission. She was on the 2002 program with UpWake, which later developed into a full-length evening work for the Arsht Center’s inaugural season in 2006.
Priscilla Marrero & Carlota Pradera have become increasingly visible as community builders, choreographers and performers, both separately and as a creative pair. Leaning towards social critique, Marrero and Pradera regularly collaborate with conceptually driven visual and sound artists. Their new project, Aquarius Juice, promises a romp through Miami caricatures and the psychology of plastic surgery.
Miami Light Project’s goal, with Here & Now, is to pluck out the projects that push the boundaries of contemporary performance. This small group was selected from over 30 entries. Show up and find out how they have taken up the challenge.
Here & Now: 2012, February 2 to 11, Thursday through Saturday, 8: p.m. The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, 404 NW 26 Street, Miami.
Tickets: $20 GA, $15 Students & Seniors. Group rates available. For tickets, visit miamilightproject.com or 866.811.4111