Miami Light Project’s annual Here & Now Festival consistently offers intriguing new efforts from some of Miami’s best and boldest young artists, with the occasional discovery of exceptional talent (i.e. Teo Castellanos, Rosie Herrera, Natasha Tsakos.) This year’s festival begins Thursday and gets six performances through May 16.
This year’s lineup features Liz Ferrer’s Subaqueous, a “post-apocalyptic underwater opera,” which draws on futuristic authors H.P. Lovecraft and Kurt Vonnegut and is more movement than singing. The striking choreographer/dancer Lazaro Godoy collaborates with Carlota Pradera (the lead artist on their mesmerizing dance theater work Bare Bones) on Harmonicum Accordion/Act 1, which pays homage to circus life and silent films in creating a portrait of a dysfunctional family.
Dance filmmaker and choreographer Hattie Mae Williams, who created a striking film at the Miami Marine Stadium last year, contributes Snatched, using dance, visual art, music and projections in a theater/installation that reimagines the stories of three black people who were displayed like exotic objects: cabaret diva Josephine Baker; Sarah Baartman, the African woman exhibited as the “Hottentot Venus” in 19th century Europe; and Ota Benga, a Mbuti Pygmy shown at the Bronx Zoo at the turn of the last century.
Finally, playwright and director Michael Yawney (who created the sharp, powerful 1,000 Homosexuals, on the life of anti-gay activist Anita Bryant) will present Exile Jesus Starbucks, a theater piece on Iranian theater director and artist Assurbanipal Babilla, or Bani, forced into exile because of his homosexuality and avant-garde work.
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If you go
What: Miami Light Project’s Here & Now Festival.
Where: Light Box at Goldman Warehouuse, 404 NW 26th St., Miami.
When: 8 p.m. Thursday-May 9 and May 14-16.
Cost: $25 ($10 students and seniors).
Information: 866-811-4111 or www.miamilightproject.com.