The Miami Light Project has announced the six artists it has commissioned for its annual Here & Now Festival in May 2016, which is one of Miami’s leading showcases for original work by promising experimental and new artists. This year’s group, though all based in Miami, comes from a range of countries beyond the United States. All of them will present projects that incorporate a number of genres and media, including dance, video, film, music, performance art and more.
Venezuelan-born performer, filmmaker, writer and director Carla Forte will create a still untitled dance and video art piece that plays with ideas of femininity and masculinity. Longtime Miami visual and interdisciplinary artist Charo Oquet, who was born in the Dominican Republic, will present The Miami Flyers, an installation that will use audience interaction, ritual and performance to look at the relationship among Miami’s Haitian, Cuban and Dominican communities.
Swedish born choreographer and performer Jenny Larsson, who teaches at Broward College, will combine mixed media, dance, performance and poetry for On the other side of the lake. Juraj Kojs, a Slovakian-born composer and multimedia artist who is an assistant professor at the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music, will present Bang for the Train, with 30 percussionists performing Kojs’ compositions inside and outside the theater.
For Drowning: Part II, Puerto Rican theater artist and filmmaker Natalia Lassalle Morillo will pay homage to aging through the bodies and personal stories of five elderly women, incorporating text, dance and film to portray their fragility, solitude and companionship. Finally, choreographer Sandra Portal-Andreu’s tentatively titled For: Shame. From: She will use dialogue, film, sound and movement to look at how women can be their own worst enemies.
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The Here & Now festival will be held May 12-14 and May 19-21 at The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, Miami Light’s home at 404 NW 26th St. in Wynwood. For more information, visit miamilightproject.com or call 305-576-4350.