South Florida Arts Scene

Choreographer Octavio Campos gets a boost from Baryshnikov


Miami choreographer, performer, producer and teacher Octavio Campos, who has mentored countless South Florida artists, begins a two-week residency on Monday at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York. Legendary founder Mikhail Baryshnikov was so struck by Campos’ performances with the Rosie Herrera Dance Theater that he invited Campos to start creating a work at BAC.

“He said, ‘You’re serious but you have a lightness about you and we need this now,’ ” Campos said Baryshnikov told him. “It was the best medicine I could have gotten — a little injection of validation.”

At BAC, Campos will work on a one-man show called Triple Quince, a reference to three 15-year chapters in the 45-year-old artist’s life. He will work with famed dance theater director Martha Clarke and is slated to meet with singer-songwriter Joan Osborne about a possible cabaret project.

“I’m feeling lean, I’m feeling fast, feeling ready,” Campos says.

Jordan Levin

Cannes showcase

Miami filmmaker Juan Carlos Zaldivar, best known for directing the Cuban exile documentary 90 Miles, is expanding his reach. His latest project, SHIFT, which is composed of 10,000 photographs and described as a “short film poem inspired by human search for identity,” has been selected for the prestigious Court Metrange (“Short Film Corner”) at the May 15-26 Cannes Film Festival.

SHIFT, which is part of the permanent collection at North Miami’s Museum of Contemporary Art, is on display there until May 19 as part of MOCA’s Pivot Points: 15 Years and Counting. The museum is at 770 NE 125th St., North Miami;, 305-893-6211.

Rene Rodriguez

New season

The Miami Symphony Orchestra will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a 2013-2014 season of seven orchestral programs plus a chamber music concert at the Arsht Center and four other Miami-Dade venues.

South Florida premieres of Paul Schoenfield’s Piano Concerto ( Four Parables), Marquez’s Danzon No. 3 for flute and guitar and Scriabin’s Prometheus: The Poem of Fire will be featured.

World premieres of music director Eduardo Marturet’s Homage to Waldo, the Rodrigo-Romero Rincones de Espana and Orlando Garcia’s Voces Celestiales for two double basses will share programs with more familiar fare by Bernstein, Gershwin, Prokofiev, Ravel, Bach and Tchaikovsky.

Angel Romero Nestor Torres Jeff Bradetich Luis Gomez Imbert Andreas Boyde Konstantine Soukhovetski Kiran Shiva Akal Daniel Andai Brian Manker Alondra de la Parra

A complete schedule and season subscriptions are available at or 305-275-5666.

South Florida Classical Review

‘Pillowman’ tour

Miami’s White Rose theater company launches a Miami-Dade mini-tour at 7 p.m. Friday, performing Martin McDonagh’s harrowing The Pillowman at PAX Miami, 337 SW Eighth St.. The play about a writer suspected of murder moves to Artistic Vibes, 12986 SW 89th Ave., Miami, 8 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. May 19.

Additional shows are at Sweat Records, 5505 NE Second Ave, Miami, at 8 p.m. May 24, and Just the Funny Theatre, 3119 Coral Way, Miami, at 4 p.m. May 26, with more venues to be determined.

In the cast are Ivan R. Lopez, Wayne E. Robinson Jr., Samuel Umoh and Melissa Almaguer, who also directs. Tickets are $15, $10 for students and seniors;

Christine Dolen

MCB election

Miami City Ballet’s board of trustees on Thursday elected as president Susan D. Kronick, a retired vice chair of Macy’s and a trustee of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. She replaces Jim Eroncig, whose tenure encompassed the ouster of the ballet’s founding artistic director, Edward Villella.

Kronick, who minored in dance at Connecticut College, lives in Miami Beach with her husband, Edward Manno Shumsky, vice chair of the New World Symphony. The couple co-chaired the 2011 grand opening of the New World Center.

Jordan Levin

Indie film series

The Gathr Preview Series: Miami gives subscribers the chance to see independent films before they premiere in New York and Los Angeles, offering a new movie weekly at O Cinema Wynwood, 90 NW 29th St., Miami.

Upcoming titles include Ain’t in It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm (7:30 p.m. Tuesday), What Maisie Knew (7:30 p.m. May 22), 100 Bloody Acres (11 p.m. June 1) and Stuck in Love (7:30 p.m. June 3).

Subscriptions are $19 for one month, $49 for three months at A limited number of single tickets will be available for each screening.

Rene Rodriguez

‘Unscripted’ talk

Sculptor and video artist Christy Gast will talk with Thom Collins, director of the Miami Art Museum, about her new public art installation, Self Portrait as a Barefoot Mailman, at 7 p.m. Thursday at Books & Books, Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour. A cocktail reception will follow.

Gast’s 12-foot tall faux-bronze sculpture pays homage to the legendary mail carrier who served South Florida in the 1880s. The talk is part of Bal Harbour’s “Unscripted” series;

Galena Mosovich

New release

Seraphic Fire reports it hit the Top 10 on the iTunes Classical chart last week with the release of an eponymous album. Put out on the choral ensemble’s own label and distributed by Naxos of America, Seraphic Fire includes world-premiere recordings of works by Ingram Marshall, Jake Runestad, Shawn Crouch and Alvaro Bermudez as well as a new recording of Ariel Ramirez’s Misa Criolla.

Kathy Martin

Visual arts

• Australian artist Anthony Lister’s solo show Never Odd or Even, featuring a series of ballerinas painted in a graffiti context, is at Robert Fontaine Gallery, 2349 NW Second Ave., Miami, through May 25;, 305-397-8530.

•  Leslie Lew’s show of sculptural oil-paint works inspired by baby-boomer icons, comic-book characters and more, can be seen through July 31 at the ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries, 169 Madeira Ave., Coral Gables;, 305-444-4493.

Artists sought

•  Artists in Residence in Everglades, a program that brings artists to Everglades National Park for month-long residencies, is accepting applications for 2014 at Questions may be sent to Application deadline is June 1.

• The Museum of Contemporary Art is accepting video submissions until June 16 for its Optic Nerve showcase for emerging artists. Contact program manager Janice Angel at 305-893-6211, ext. 29, or for details.

Galena Mosovich

Briefly noted

• The Chopin Foundation’s final “Chopin for All” free concerts of the season featuring Polish pianist Piotr Kosinski are at 3 p.m. Saturday at Broward County Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, and May 19 at Granada Presbyterian Church, 950 University Dr., Coral Gables; 305-868-0624,

Florida Atlantic University’s 15th Festival Rep season will offer Side by Side by Sondheim June 22-July 7, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum June 28-July 21 and The Man Who Came to Dinner July 13-30;

• The Florida Professional Theatres Association holds workshops and statewide auditions for Equity and non-union actors at its 33rd gathering Saturday-May 20 at the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota;

•  Marilyn Borroto will discuss her childhood experiences as part of Operation Pedro Pan at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Key Biscayne Community Center, 10 Village Green Way, Key Biscayne; 305-365-7565.

Note: An earlier version of this story included an incorrect photo of pianist Piotr Kosinski.

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