South Florida Arts Scene

Dance, theater artists bid for Basel spotlight


Performing-arts organizations are vying for a piece of the Art Basel/Miami Art Week spotlight with three intriguing productions:

•  The Miami Theater Center launches its MTCperformance Sandbox Series on Thursday with Imaginarium, a dance-theater piece by Cuban dancer-choreographer Alexey Taran and performer, writer and video director Carla Forte. Curated by MTC artist-in-residence Octavio Campos, the series presents Miami artists in original pieces in MTC’s 50-seat Sandbox space. Imaginarium tells the story of a visual artist who takes refuge from his tortured life in his own imagination. Tickets are $20, and shows are at 8 p.m. through Dec. 22 at the MTC, 9806 NE Second Ave., Miami Shores; 305-751-9550,

•  Mahagonny is an experimental Spanish-language version of the satirical Berthold Brecht-Kurt Weill opera The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny. The dark original tells the story of a city founded on the pursuit of profit and pleasure and destroyed by corruption and greed. The new version, directed by Jose Manuel Dominguez with music by Juan Carlos Espinosa, incorporates dance and updates the story of capitalism’s perils to the present.

Performances are 8:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the OnStage Black Box Theater at Miami-Dade County Auditorium, 8 p.m. Saturday and 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center and 8:30 p.m. Dec. 15 at Hialeah High School Auditorium. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 day of show; 786-975-4891,

Miami Light Project takes audiences back to the 18th century with Gloria’s Cause, a comedic dance performance/rock musical about the great and not-so-great moments of the Revolutionary War. Created by Dayna Hanson, an alum of the conceptual dance troupe 33 Fainting Spells, Gloria’s Cause is at 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday at The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, 404 NW 26th St., Miami. Tickets are $25, $20 for Miami Light members; 305-576-4350,

Jordan Levin

‘Quip’ reading

Playwright-actor Gabriel Hammad, most recently in the Alliance Theatre Lab world premiere of Mark Della Ventura’s roomies, will perform in a staged reading of his play Quip at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at GableStage. The play about a once-hot boy band trying to make a comeback also features Troy Davidson, Katherine Du Bois, Betsy Graver, David Sirois and Della Ventura, who will direct the reading.

Suggested donations of $25 ($10 for students) will go toward the Arsht Center’s March production of Sirois’ play Brothers Beckett. GableStage is in the Biltmore Hotel, 1200 Anastasia Ave., Coral Gables; 305-259-0418,

Christine Dolen

Holiday concert

The Nova Singers, a community chorus affiliated with Nova Southeastern University, presents its annual holiday concert at 4 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church of Pompano Beach, 2331 NE 26th Ave., and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale, 401 SE 15th Ave. The program, under the direction of Chuck Stanley, includes J.S. Bach’s Magnificat along with Christmas and Hanukkah songs. A donation of $10 for adults, $5 for students is suggested;

New series

St. Hugh Catholic Church and Steinway Pianos will present Cuban-born coloratura soprano María Aleida Rodríguez and pianist Roberto Berrocal at 8 p.m. Saturday at the church, 3460 Royal Rd., Coconut Grove. Tickets to the performance, which launches the St. Hugh Steinway Concert Series, are $20 and $40;, 305-444-8363.

Visual arts

• The under-construction Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Sciences has named four finance and real-estate professionals to its board: Sergio Akselrad, Goldman, Sachs & Co.; Vanessa Grout, Douglas Elliman’s Florida brokerage; Gabriel E. Montoya, the Cisneros Group; and Gordon H. Silver, J. I. Kislak;

• The winner of the Rudin Prize, a new, $20,000 award for emerging photographers, will be announced Tuesday at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach;

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