Performing Arts

Arsht Center adds dance and performance offerings to its Carnival Studio Theater lineup

A photo from artist Dana Levy’s ‘Emerging Swamp Series’ is on display as part of ‘Common Ground: Artists in the Everglades’ at Florida Atlantic University’s Schmidt Center Gallery.
A photo from artist Dana Levy’s ‘Emerging Swamp Series’ is on display as part of ‘Common Ground: Artists in the Everglades’ at Florida Atlantic University’s Schmidt Center Gallery. Dana Levy

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts has added four contemporary dance and performance shows in the Carnival Studio Theater to its season offerings.

The Philadelphia-based Koresh Dance Company, headed by Israeli native and choreographer Ronen Koresh, plays the Arsht Dec. 4-6. The troupe performs work by Koresh, who blends influences from Middle Eastern, classic and contemporary music and dance, as well as pieces by choreographers ranging from Batsheva founder Ohad Naharin to Miami’s Robert Battle. The Miami show will include Home, a celebratory dance with music by the Idan Raichel Project.

Miami’s own Peter London Global Dance Company, which includes many of the city’s finest young dancers, will showcase the new London work Jazz Night Dec. 12-13. Miami actor/writer/playwright Teo CastellanosFat Boy, a movement and performance work on consumption, class and cultural differences originally presented by Miami Light Project, plays the Arsht Dec. 18-20 and features music by DJ Le Spam.

The series closes Feb. 20-21 with Contra-Tiempo, an engagingly eclectic Latino dance-theater troupe from Los Angeles that draws from Afro-Cuban and salsa music and culture. It will perform Full.Still.Hungry, about food and consumption. Tickets cost $35 to $40, available to Arsht Center members Monday and to the public on Friday. The Carnival Studio Theater is in the Ziff Ballet Opera House, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Call 305-949-6722 or visit


A South African dance and music revue featuring 32 African dancers, singers and musicians will visit Miami for the first time in October. Africa Umoja, created by South African performers Todd Twala and Thembi Nyandeni, will play Actors’ Playhouse in Coral Gables Oct. 21-26.

The two women, who grew up in South Africa’s black townships under apartheid and have been friends since childhood, created Umoja to commemorate their country’s tribal and native heritage. The exuberant show, which has toured internationally, features a range of music and dance styles, from Zulu drumming to jazz to a contemporary South African version of hip-hop.

Tickets cost $75 and are available starting Monday. Actors’ Playhouse is in the Miracle Theatre, 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables. Call 305-444-9293 or visit for information.


City Theatre’s annual Summer Shorts festival turns 20 next June, and the company is seeking submissions for its annual National Award for Short Playwriting. The winning play — this summer it was Arlitia JonesTornado — gets produced in the festival and earns its author $1,000 plus a trip to Miami.

The company accepts only one script per author, with a 10-page maximum. Previously produced works with a production history included will be considered, but previously submitted works won’t. Writers must include contact information, a biography and synopsis, and the deadline is Sept. 30.

Submit a .pdf electronically at or mail a typed manuscript to Susan Westfall, Literary Director, City Theatre, 444 Brickell Ave., Suite 229, Miami, FL 33131. For more information, email


▪ Miami’s Mad Cat Theatre Company will do the second in its Banned/New play-reading series at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Ave., Coral Gables. Jessica Farr will direct Carey Brianna Hart, Makeba Henry and Jade Wheeler in a reading of The Maids by Jean Genet. Admission is free.

▪ Singer Deborah Silver, who is headed to New York next month for performances at 54 Below and the Mabel Mercer Foundation’s Cabaret Convention at Lincoln Center, will sing standards from the American songbook at 2 p.m. Sept. 28 at Lynn University’s Amarnick-Goldstein Concert Hall. The event benefits Jan McArt’s Theatre Arts Guild, and tickets cost $45. The campus is at 3601 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton. Call 561-237-9000 or visit


▪ Faena Art Center is accepting applications for the 2014 Faena Prize for the Arts. The international award program gives the winning artist or group of artists $25,000 and a budget of up to $50,000 to finance the work’s production for exhibition at the center in Buenos Aires next year.

Under the coordination of director Ximena Caminos, the jury includes: Caroline Bourgeois, curator of the François Pinault Foundation; Rita González, curator of contemporary art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Katie Sonnenborn, co-director of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in New York; and Sonia Becce, a renowned independent Argentine curator.

Project proposals should be submitted online at Proposals can be for installations, performances, paintings, sculptures, photography, work rooted in design or architecture, film or video, and hybrids of these disciplines. Deadline for submissions is Jan. 30, 2015. For more information, email

▪ Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters presents Common Ground: Artists in the Everglades, with works by a group of eight artists who resided within Everglades National Park as part of the Artists in Residence in Everglades program. The exhibition is on view at the Schmidt Center Gallery, 777 Glades Rd., Boca Raton, through Nov. 5. Admission is free. For more information, call 561-297-2661, email or visit

▪ RAW: Natural Born Artists presents a creative showcase titled Scope at LMNT, 59 NW 36th St., Miami, at 8 p.m. Thursday. More than 40 local artists will join the traveling show as it pops up in Wynwood with fashion, art, live music, performing arts, photography, hair and makeup. Advance tickets cost $15 through a featured artist profile link at or $20 at the door (cash only). Valet parking costs $15. You must be 21 or older to attend.

▪ Arnold L. Lehman will retire from his position as director of the Brooklyn Museum in mid-2015 after 17 years of leadership. Lehman’s legacy in the art community includes five years as director of Miami’s Metropolitan Museum and Art Centers, from 1974 to 1979. For more information, visit

Christine Dolen, Jordan Levin and Galena Mosovich contributed to this report. Send news to (theater), (dance, pop and Latin music), (visual arts) or (jazz, classical music).