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Robert Redford in town for world premiere of artist wife’s ‘The Way of the Rain Miami’

 
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Here’s your chance to see a bona fide big screen idol in the flesh, and get a cultural thrill in the process. Robert Redford is coming to town to assist his wife, performance artist Sibylle Szaggars in the world premiere of her somewhat mysterious The Way of the Rain Miami. According to the release, “this unique multidisciplinary show pays homage to Earth and its universal elements through the exploration of light, sound, color and texture.”

Redford will participate in an event Tuesday (an 8 p.m. reading and performance) to benefit the National YoungArts Foundation, which has been near and dear to the actor-director-producer for many years. Sibylle’s paintings will also be on display at the YoungArts Gallery at the foundation’s headquarters, at 2100 Biscayne Boulevard.

We caught up the onetime Sundance Kid and current All is Lost star:

Can you explain what you will be doing while in town?

I offered to be a part of this world premiere of The Way of the Rain Miami because I believe in the message. Sibylle and I are choosing a piece that will highlight the message. You will have to see the performance to know what it is.

Any hints?

Sybille researched environmental issues in Florida to prepare for the performance. The most important issues she hopes to address are the threats to the Everglades and the rising sea level.

Do you enjoy visiting Miami?

I have very fond memories. In 1994, I shot the film Up Close & Personal with Michelle Pfeiffer. I have also been working with Lin Arison and YoungArts here for years.

How does it feel to be on the other side, with your wife as the director?

Very fulfilling.

What are some thoughts you hope to share with YoungArts students?

Each of them individually is important. I also want them to know how important YoungArts is as an organization.

Tickets from $47.50: youngarts.org; 305-377-1140.

Madeleine Marr

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