April 2012, Volume 16, Number 2

Cultural Spotlight

Performing Arts Thrive at MDC Live!

John Jasperse Company
John Jasperse Company
Man with iguana
Pig Iron Theatre Company

MDC Live! Performing Arts Series brings its 21st season of world-class performance to a glorious grand finale after a year that broadened South Florida’s artistic spectrum with a plethora of offerings from around the world.

To close the season, MDC Live! presents Truth, Revised Histories, Wishful Thinking and Flat Out Lies, a thought-evoking work by the New York City-based John Jasperse Company. Influential and innovative, American choreographer John Jasperse’s newest work addresses belief systems, the relative nature of truth and the ways in which we construct meaning in our lives.

“We are proud to bring another world renowned artist into our community to interact with MDC students.” said Kathryn García, executive director at MDC Live! “Like all our artists, John Jasperse will engage students in a series of workshops and master classes before the performance, broadening students’ knowledge and skill sets in the performing arts.”

With a musical score by the Bessie Award-winning composer, producer and musician Hahn Rowe, Jasperse develops the visual design for this production, some of which is inspired by the 1966 film Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. The John Jasperse Company will be performing for two evenings this month at The Colony Theater on Miami Beach’s famed Lincoln Road.

The exciting spring season at MDC Live! also brought Grammy-winning jazz drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, world-renowned Pig Iron Theatre Company with their OBIE Award-winning Chekhov Lizardbrain, and Zimbabwe’s star dancer Nora Chipaumire. Early in the season, MDC Live! featured Argentina’s soulful songstress Sofía Rei and Ireland’s acclaimed Samuel Beckett interpreter Conor Lovett. With so much talent abounding, it is no surprise that performing arts fans are flocking to MDC Live!

— HP

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