ScreenDance Miami: Interview with Marissa Alma Nick Interview by Mia Leonin Video produced by Carlos Ochoa [from press release] ScreenDance Miami is a new Tigertail project. It highlights Miami-based choreographers, movers and filmmakers who are working with emerging and new concepts in regard to movement and dance on film and dance on camera. The festival has been created to support South Florida professionals in this field and to support the development of dance created for the camera. ScreenDance Miami is comprised of screenings, panel discussions, workshops and site-specific installations. The festival films were selected by ScreenDance Miami festival director Marissa Alma Nick – a Miami dancer, choreographer and filmmaker. ScreenDance Miami screenings will also include a program of selected open submissions on Friday evening, January 24, and invited submissions on Saturday evening, January 25.+ More details
This video presents excerpts from the performance: Ekphrasis Four at the Bass Museum of Art by Dance Now Miami on June 2nd 2013. Narration and commentary by Mia Leonin, camera and editing by Carlos Ochoa. Information [From press release] Back by popular demand, Dance NOW! Miami returns to the Bass Museum of Art for the fourth year of The EKPHRASIS Project, presenting poignant and edgy work based on the current exhibitions. The migrating, site-specific event is a unique dance & art experience conceived and created by DNM Directors Hannah Baumgarten and Diego Salterini not only resonating with the art, but also presenting dance in unlikely locations, reflecting the architecture of the museum. This year’s Ekphrasis project will focus on the video exhibition of Eve Sussman, Rape of the Sabine Women, a contemporary reinterpretation of the eponyous Roman Legend. Salterini and Baumgarten will weave live dance throught the upstairs gallery drawing from and reflecting this brilliant 1960’s reinactment of the ancient tale.+ More details
[From Press release] Touch Me Hear is an experimental multimedia work developed last month at Inkub8 as a part of their generous Artist Residency. It was commissioned by Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center (New York). The opus explores the relationship between touch, sound and movement. Body parts and its extensions such as hair and clothes become performable musical instruments. From skin sensations to complex digital tactile simulations, the piece exposes disappearing awareness between what can be felt and what actually is. A continuum of scenes filled with humor, solitude and emotionally charged movement contemplate the contemporary world of intertwined vibrations and modalities. Juraj Kojs, direction, technology, sound and music Carlota Pradera, choreography and performance JoAnna Ursal, performance Kim Yantis, costumes More info at http://kojs.net/Touch_Me_Hear.html+ More details
At the University of Miami, Professor Leonin teaches undergraduate and graduate level creative writing classes. During the Fall 2011 semester, she was awarded the Undergraduate Scholars faculty grant and later mentored three undergraduate students during the Spring 2012 semester. Watch Professor Leonin's students present their work during Panel Two of the CHC-CLAS Undergraduate Scholar Symposium: vimeo.com/43494039 Learn more about the Undergraduate Scholars Program: http://www.as.miami.edu/clas/grants/chcfacultygrants See work by past Undergraduate Scholars: http://library.miami.edu/chc/scholars/pastscholars+ More details
Symposium held at the Robert C. Goizueta Pavilion at the University of Miami, on April 20, 2012. Co-hosted by the Cuban Heritage Collection and the Center for Latin American Studies Made possible by a grant from The Goizueta Foundation Crafting Truth: Three Research-Based Creative Writing Projects on Cuba Introductory comments: Professor Mia Leonin, Creative Writing Program, Department of English “Fort Chaffee: a Short Story about the Lives of Children at a Cuban Refugee Resettlement Center,” Alexander Garcia Jr. “Lessons From my Ancestors: a Bilingual Essay,” Regla Alfonso “Lo que cuesta una libreta: a Play about the Immigration Experience of Cuban Scientists,” Kevin Marquina - Dramatic reading performed in Spanish by Lilliam Vega and Jorge Luis Álvarez of Teatro El Ingenio Watch Introductory Remarks & Keynote Speaker: https://vimeo.com/43494038 Watch Panel One: https://vimeo.com/43537531 Watch Panel Three: https://vimeo.com/43537532+ More details
Liam Scarlett is the youngest choreographer ever to have been commissioned by Britain’s Royal Ballet to create a new ballet for its main stage. That work, named Asphodel Meadows and triumphantly premiered when Scarlett was just 24 years old, was seen in London by Edward Villella, who promptly invited him to make a new piece for Miami – his first American commission, and a considerable coup for the company. Using a challenging score for orchestra and piano by the renowned American composer Lowell Liebermann, Scarlett has given us a complex and urgent ballet, specifically created to reflect what he sees as MCB’s outstanding dance qualities of energy, passion, musicality and radiance. Viscera is beautifully structured (a ravishing pas de deux is book-ended by two driven group sections), meticulously crafted and gut-wrenching.+ More details
Dislodged Multidisciplinary collaboration of photographer Elizabeth Cerejido and writer-poet Mia Leonin for the series: Woman to Woman at Bakehouse Art Complex. From November 26, 2011 - January 19, 2012. Video produced by Carlos Ochoa.+ More details
Peter London, world renowned dancer/choreographer, is launching his company: The Peter London Global Dance Theater (PLGDT), Inc., in residence at The Little Haiti Cultural Center. PLGDT exists to honor and promote the local dance talent representative of the multicultural heritage existing in South Florida, whose tremendous gifts can be fully realized and shared with local and global audiences. Peter London is currently a professor of dance at The Miami-Dade College/ New World School of the Arts, Miami, Florida. Mr. London is a native of Trinidad, where he was lauded for his early mastery of traditional and classical dance. Peter is a graduate of the Julliard School of Dance where he was the first recipient of the Martha Hill Prize for “Outstanding Leadership and Achievement in Dance”. He is a former principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company, where he maintains an ongoing relationship. Most recently, Peter represented Janet Eilber, Artistic Director, Martha Graham Dance Company, as a judge at the International Modern Dance Competition, Seoul, Korea, summer 2011. Peter’s students have reached the pinnacle of modern dance and one, Robert Battle, currently artistic director, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater says, “As a former student of Peter London, I can say, without doubt, that he is a great teacher, coach, and mentor…[he] is truly a great asset and treasure to the world of dance.”+ More details
If you’re going to pull a knife, USAlo is a theatrical performance collaboration between Carlos Caballero and Elizabeth Doud that employs the texts of Samuel Beckett as a foundation for dramatic exchanges that touch on pessimism, hopelessness and absurd sea life. This cutting-edge work mines these gloomy themes in search of something upbeat to cling to: a magic solvent that will clean the ocean, the prospect of the perfect job that pays you to do what you love, or a piece of floating plastic garbage large enough to float on without drowning. “If you’re going to pull a knife, USAlo”, will be performed in both Spanish and English at the same time, in keeping with the spirit of Beckett who composed in French and English, and was able to move between two languages fluidly. Representing a linguistic reality of our community and local work lives, the story will play off tensions of opposites: The mythical figure of the mermaid, and the very real horror of the pollution of our oceans; the irreversible destructiveness of plastic, and the possibility to reinvent yourself over and over again; the Tower of Babel-like confusion of fused and multiple languages, and the perfect recognition of ourselves in the whole of humanity.+ More details
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