December 2008, Volume 12, Number 10

Cultural Spotlight

NWSA presents exhibitions, productions


Kaleidoslope, Jen Stark
Kaleidoslope, Jen Stark

Alumni Art Auction and Exhibition

Exhibition: Dec. 4 – Jan. 23

Opening Reception and Auction: Thursday, December 4, 8 – 10 p.m.

New World Gallery, New World School of the Arts, 25 N.E. Second St., Miami (Downtown)

Twenty-two alumni of New World School of the Arts at Miami Dade College will exhibit their work in the school’s first Alumni Art Auction and Exhibition. Many of the artists represented have received critical and commercial success and currently have their work in some of the world’s most prestigious galleries and museums. Three of the artists have been selected to participate in the Whitney Biennial in New York while two more were named among the top 25 trendsetters in art in the country.

“Through their eagerness to participate in this initiative and through their generosity, the alumni have demonstrated that they have deep respect and loyalty for the school,” said Maggy Cuesta, a senior associate professor and dean of visual arts.


The One Festival

Dec. 5-6, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., Dec. 12-13, 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Tower Theater, 1598 S.W. Eighth St., Miami

Sixteen graduating seniors from New World School of the Arts’ college theater program present One-Person Shows as their BFA senior projects. Writing, acting and producing their own 20-30 minute piece requires “verve and an abundance of creativity,” said faculty member David Kwiat, coordinator of the project. Among the shows are Ashley Olberding’s show titled For as Long as We Both Shall Live; about Hitler’s mistress and later wife, Eva Braun. Betsy Graver’s show, Mind, Body and Susan about a woman struggling to accept herself. Elyse Fischer’s Piece of my Heart, which is a study on Janice Joplin. Max Danesh’s show titled My Friend Jim about Jim Hensen and his friend Kermit.

Theater and music theater students at NWSA hone their craft through acting technique, movement and speech classes, focusing on fundamentals of physical and emotional preparation. With performance at its core, training is based on the classical texts and the principles of drama as well as practical incursions into the contemporary and experimental edges of theater. Consequently, alumni are found performing on stage nationally and internationally and their talent and vision are recognized and highly regarded in the industry.

The Nutcracker

With the Thomas Armour Youth Ballet

Showtime: Dec. 6, 7 p.m.

Dade County Auditorium, 2901 W. Flagler St.,

Tickets: $10, $15, $20, $25

Call 305-547-5414, ext. 240

For more than five years, New World School of the Arts and the Thomas Armour Youth Ballet have meshed dancers and efforts to present a full length production of holiday favorite, The Nutcracker. This year, auditions were held in August with rehearsals beginning in September. For 12 weeks, more than 160 dancers rehearsed simultaneously in four studios at NWSA and the Thomas Armour Youth Ballet. The 27-year-old costumes are fitted and tailored to each dancer. The gracefully aging sets are checked and repaired. This year, guest stars from the Pennsylvania Ballet are Riolama Lorenzo and Sergio Torrado.

This is one of the most diverse productions of The Nutcracker in the country, representing the ethnic depth of our community. The first week of December, more than 7,500 children from schools in Miami-Dade County will pour excitedly into Dade County Auditorium to see the morning performances.

— Staff report

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