Melissa Cobblah Gutierrez is a Cuban-born and Miami-based choreographer, performer and educator who sees dance as a means to understand the many layers of the human experience.
Melissa's Knight New Work project, "CuBlack: Invisibilized No Further," is a dance film and performance that analyzes the “invisibilized” oppression of Blackness inside the Cuban community and investigates how it has impacted Miami.
Learn more about Melissa and the Knight New Work 2020 winners at kf.org/knw2020winners.
Inspired by the resilience and creativity displayed by artists during the pandemic, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation launched Knight New Work 2020. The open call sought ideas from Miami artists to create new works that reimagine how the performing arts are created and experienced during the pandemic and beyond. The New Work program will invest up to $500,000 in total to support Miami artists to create their new works, with first-round winners each receiving grants of $10,000 to develop new concepts in dance, music or theater. Among the winners, a smaller group will be chosen next year to receive additional funding to fully produce and showcase their work for Miami audiences in 2021.
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