Best Dance and Performance Art in South Florida, Miami, Broward
After a year of kitchen rehearsals and online streaming performances, many South Florida dance companies are planning to return for live and in-person performances for the 2021-2022 season.
Here are our picks for the best bets.
Bistoury Physical Theater brings together dance, performance art, video and drama in the sequel to their haunting 2020 work, “The Commune” with “Chapter 2: The Anarchist”.
▪ “The Commune Chapter 2: The Anarchist”, October 7-8, at the On.Stage Black Box Theater in the Miami-Dade County Auditorium; www.MiamiDadeCountyAuditorium.org.
brigid baker wholeproject presents “Operation Birdsong,” Expect a shifting consciousness program loaded with ecological themes through visually stunning dance, costumes, videos and staging.
▪“Operation Birdsong”, November 11-14, On.Stage Black Box Theater in the Miami-Dade County Auditorium; www.MiamiDadeCountyAuditorium.org.
Now in its tenth season, Dance NOW! Miami presents “The Daniel Day Lewis Dance Sampler”. The Sampler is a chance to watch one of South Florida’s most innovative dance companies present the highlights of the season.
▪ “Dance Sampler Daniel Day Lewis”, October 29, Duncan Theater and October 30-31, New World School of the Arts; www.dancenowmiami.org.
Tribute to Miami
Dimensions Dance Theater of Miami presents the long-awaited world premiere of choreographer Kevin Jenkins’ tribute to Miami, “DECO: Danzón of Eclectic Cultural Origin”. The evening program also includes two additional world premieres – “Landscapes” by South Florida choreographer Donna Murray and “Preludes” by Miami City Ballet dancer Ariel Rose, set to music by Grammy-nominated and winning composer. of the Billboard Award, Jorge Mejia.
▪ “DECO: Danzón of eclectic cultural origin”, November 13, South Miami-Dade Cultural Center; smdcac.org.
Dance NOW! Miami brings the classics of early 20th-century choreographer Isadora Duncan to life. Works include “Ave Maria, The Study of the Harp” (on Chopin) and excerpts from “Impressions of Revolutionary Russia” including “Dubinushka” and “Varshavianka”. They are magnificent and socially significant works presented by a very united group of dancers.
▪Dance NOW !, December 11, Miami Theater Center; www.dancenowmiami.org.
Peter London World Dance
Peter London Global Dance celebrates 10 years as one of Miami’s premier multicultural contemporary dance companies. The company features works designed during the height of the pandemic that feature themes such as homelessness, closed public spaces and scarcity of resources.
▪ Peter London Global Dance, December 28-31, Arsht Center; www.arshtcenter.org.
The Miami City Ballet stages the American premiere of the choreographer and artist in residence of the American Ballet Theater, Alexei Ratmansky’s 2016 reconstruction of the original 1895 production of “Swan Lake” by the choreographers of the Mariinsky Theater, Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov. Ratmansky’s remake focuses on the human relationships that propel this tragic love drama, which even includes a new, more “personable” version of the “Black Swan” ballerina.
▪“Swan Lake,” February 11-13, Arsht Center; February 19-20, Kravis Center; February 26-27, Broward Center; www.miamicityballet.org
Arts Ballet Theater of Florida performs Arthur Saint-Leon’s 1870 tale-ballet, “Coppelia,” an escape into the 19th-century obsession with realistic machines and an automated puppet if realistic people fall for it.
Adele Myers and Dancers – a newcomer to the South Florida scene – combines theatricality, athleticism and dance in an often ironic choreography that reflects the struggles of women. The group will perform “TWIST (These Women in Space and Time)” and other selections from the company’s repertoire. Audiences should expect to play a part in this spectacle.
▪ “TWIST (These women in space and time)”, April 8 -11, South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, Lab Theater; https://smdcac.org/content/all-events
Exclusively male flamenco
Manuel Liñán and his all-male dance company return to Miami for an original take on this traditional dance with “Viva! – a new show that explores gender identity through characterizations inspired by the flamenco woman.
▪ “Long live! “ April 21, Ziff Ballet Opera House at Arsht Center, www.arshtcenter.org