This Spring, Miami Dance Festival celebrates its 12th anniversary, kicking off Saturday, April 4, 2015with two performances by Momentum Dance Company at the Colony Theater, located at 1040 Lincoln Road, 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.
SobeSavvy.com joined other dance enthusiasts for the Festival Opening Event at 8:00 p.m on April 4, 2015. Featured at the Momentum Dance Company Spring Season Premiere were Guest Artist Dr. Alan Ngim on 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.
The Miami Dance Festival takes place April & May 2015 in Various Locations. Go to http://www.momentumdance.com for more information and full schedule.
This season, Treat yourself to culture and support the arts !
Here are a few photos of those celebrating the art of dance at the festival taken during intermission (as no photography or videography is allowed during show).