Miami Dance Festival 2015 4/4/15 – 5/24/15

Miami Dance Festival
April & May 2015
Various Locations

April 4 at 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
Colony Theater
1040 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach
General Admission $25 in advance, $30 day of show. Students & Seniors $15. Groups of 10 or more $12.
Festival Opening Event
Momentum Dance Company Spring Season Premiere. Guest Artist Dr. Alan Ngim, piano. World Premieres by Artistic Director Delma Iles and dancer Emily Noe, plus Anna Sokolow’s historic Poems of Scriabin, and Not Go Gently, Untitled.

April 14 at 6:00 p.m.
Lecture and Performance by the Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company,
Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus
300 NE Second Avenue
Building 6, 4th floor
Miami, FL 33132
Free Admission.
co-sponsored by Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus Department of Arts and Philosophy, titled Art and Legacy/The Power of Art to Transform Lives

April 18 at 8:00 p.m.
Aventura Arts and Cultural Center
3385 NE 188th Street
Tickets $25, Preferred tickets $40, VIP Tickets $70, Students with valid ID $12.
Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company Florida Premiere of Interior Designs, a work where art and technology meet to create an unforgettably human experience. The evening also includes Narcoleptic Lovers – Guest choreographer’s Doug Elkins’ electric and, often hilarious, full company work and The Klezmer Sketch in which Dorfman mines the exuberant, yet soulful quality of Klezmer music that inspires her exploration of the Jewish gesture, expression, ritual, character and values.

April 19 at 2:00 PM
13124 West Dixie Highway
North Miami
General Admission $20, Students and Seniors $10.
PAN Choreographers at Work. Ballet Flamenco La Rosa, The Dance Now! Ensemble, Tango Axis, Atma Dance, Momentum Dance Company and independent choreographers share the bill in this celebration of dance in South Florida.

April 29 at 6:00 p.m.
Coral Gables Public Library
3443 Segovia Street
Coral Gables
Free Admission
Delma Iles, Rob “Wild Boar” Moore, Ilisa Rosal, Marilyn Skow Artists in Collaboration panel and brief performances.

Miami Dance Festival Family Day
May 9 at 11:00 a.m.
Coral Gables Public Library
3443 Segovia Street
Coral Gables
Free Admission
Children’s Library Series, Part IV. Alice in Wonderland

May 9 at 2:00 p.m.
Miami Beach Branch Library
227 22nd Street
Miami Beach
Free Admission
Miami Beach Children’s Series, Part IV. Alice in Wonderland

May 14 at 7:00 p.m.
St. John’s on the Bay
4945 Pinetree Drive
Miami Beach
Free Admission
Arts at St. John’s On the Lake United Methodist Church, a collaborative improvisational program with Guest Artist J.J. Freire, percussionist.

May 21 at 7:00 p.m.
National Hotel pool deck
1655 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach
Free Admission
An Evening of Water Ballet. Premiere of a new water ballet, plus the showing of Etude.

May 23 & 24 at 3:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
Miami-Dade County Auditorium
2800 West Flagler Street
Ticket prices $25-$50, Students and Seniors $12.
Festival Closing Event
Ballet Flamenco La Rosa in the World Premiere of a new Flamenco dance drama by Ilisa Rosal featuring live music and guest artists from Spain.

This Spring, Miami Dance Festival celebrates its 12th anniversary, kicking off Saturday, April 4, 2015 with two performances by Momentum Dance Company at the Colony Theater in Miami Beach. Established by the Founder & Artistic Director of Momentum Dance Company, Delma Iles, the Festival announces this year’s artistic works to be a joint effort of her company and other dance companies such as Carolyn Dorfman Dance from New York City and Ballet Flamenco La Rosa from Miami. Their combined mission is to move and inspire attendees with newly choreographed performances in addition to the classics.

This season’s Festival promises an intriguing selection of dance companies and dance styles including modern dance, water ballet, a family day, a community dance event, as well as panel discussions and a film screening, and, a Festival staple and audience favorite, Flamenco dance. All age groups can participate and many events offer complimentary admission.

Carolyn Dorfman Dance known for its athleticism, dramatic nuance, and musical range, returns to the Festival (they previously performed in 2007) with the Southeastern U.S. premiere of Dorfman’s highly acclaimed Interior Designs, as well as The Klezmer Sketch and Narcoleptic Lovers by Doug Elkins. The company will also give a free lecture/performance at Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus titled Art and Legacy/The Power of Art to Transform Lives.

Delma Iles will herself premiere a new work in the Festival’s opening event – Momentum Dance Company’s Spring Season at the Colony Theater: Birds of the Inner Eye. “The works contain a delicate spiritual quality while also managing to be strictly disciplined which resonates with the soul of this Festival,” explains Iles.

The dance will be performed partially in silence and partially to selections of piano works by French composer Olivier Messiaen, a composer Iles has used several times in the past. The pieces will be played live by Guest Artist Dr. Alan Ngim. The program also includes a new work by veteran dancer Emily Noe, who has been with Momentum for five years. This year, she has created a larger scale piece that experiments with partnering and lifts using the entire dance company. Lastly, the program includes Anna Sokolow’s 1985 work, Poems of Scriabin, created especially for Momentum while she was in Miami. The Festival continues with a showing of dances by independent choreographers hosted by PAN, Performing Arts Network, as part of their 20th Anniversary season.

For a rousing finale, the Festival chose the World Premiere of El Padre, a new flamenco dance drama by Miami-based Ballet Flamenco La Rosa founded by Artistic Director, and acclaimed choreographer Ilisa Rosal. Rosal has made an international name for herself by taking flamenco into dramatic narrative using important literary works as a point of departure. El Padre is inspired by August Strindberg’s “The Father.” The performance features live music and guest artists from Spain, and Sweden, the birthplace of the playwright, collaborating to create this groundbreaking new work as part of their 30th Anniversary season. The passion and drama of this classic story, rooted in Nineteenth Century class and gender struggles, unite with Flamenco guitar, singing and dance to create unforgettable theater magic.

Miami Dance Festival is made possible with support from: the National Endowment for the Arts, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council, the Children’s Trust, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, the City of Miami Beach and the Miami Beach Cultural Affairs Council, the City of Coral Gables and the Coral Gables Arts Council, Citizens Interested in Arts, WLRN Public Radio, the Miami-Dade County Public Library System, Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus Department of Art and Philosophy, PAN, the Miami Beach Cinematheque, the National Hotel.