Baryshnikov said he was attracted to the “theatricality and emotional content” of Herrera’s work and her distinctly Miami style.
“She mixes up different mediums in unexpected and quirky ways that set her apart,” Baryshnikov wrote in an email. “She is a woman of ideas who draws from cultures, experiences and training not necessarily commonly represented in New York.
“While Miami is so rich culturally, we see little contemporary dance emerging from that city or that region in general. It is nice to provide an opportunity for New Yorkers to connect with a young and adventurous artist from that part of the country.”
The Arsht Center and the American Dance Festival are co-producing Herrera’s April 18-19 shows at the Baryshnikov Arts Center and even paying for a reception.
“To have a Miami artist come through the Miami Made program and be seen not only by Miami but ADF and now even larger audiences in New York is a fulfillment of the center’s mission,” says Scott Schiller, the Arsht’s executive vice president.
“We feel lucky to be a part of what Rosie is doing and really proud to have her continuing to work in Miami with her company and extremely proud she’s done so much work on Arsht stages.”
Herrera is trying to focus not on how critical New York audiences will judge her but on the vision that has brought her this far.
“Yes, people [in New York] have seen a lot,” she says. “But I hope to give them a completely different feeling. We’re from Miami, we live in the light, by the water. I want to do the best possible job of being who we are. And I hope that people in New York connect with that.”