Forward Motion Festival

Forward Motion Festival

Miami-Dade County Auditorium

Sep 22 - 25, 2021
Starting: 2:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Recurring daily through Sep 25, 2021

$10 – $25

The Forward Motion Physically Integrated Dance Festival and Conference showcases companies, dancers, and choreographers who are inclusive of those with and without disabilities, exploring a new terrain of beauty, movement and performance. Produced by Florida’s own groundbreaking physically integrated dance pioneers, Karen Peterson and Dancers (KPD), this third event will truly mark the start of South Florida's reopened performing arts season, and feature some of the best dancers and companies of any kind, in performance, in discussion and holding workshops.

The line-up includes:

Dancing Wheels Company, one of the leading physically integrated groups in the United States. The company tours globally presenting innovative works from nationally acclaimed choreographers such as Heidi Latsky, David Dorfman and David Rousseve. The Cleveland Plain Dealer calls them, “Energized and pulsing.”

Tampa's REVolutions Dance, is a physically integrated company that has performed around the country. Artistic Director Dwayne Scheunemann is a former member of Oakland’s AXIS Dance Company, the acclaimed physically integrated, and his company returns to Forward Motion for a second time this year.

Karen Peterson and Dancers, one of the leading physically integrated dance companies in the Southeast United States, tours and collaborates internationally. They were recently named “Best Dance Company” by the Miami New Times, and MiamiArtZine calls their work, “Intricate and meaningful…an eye-opening experience.”


The Forward Motion schedule includes a set of free "conference" activities, workshops and classes for a range of students and communities, and main performances taking place at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium:

Wednesday, September 22: Workshop with Dancing Wheels, 5:00 to 6:30 pm
For the general public, for those with and without disabilities, and for dance professionals and students.

Thursday, September 23: Workshop with Marc Brew, 5:00 to 6:30 pm
For the general public, for those with and without disabilities, and for dance professionals and students.

Conversation With Company Directors, 7:00 pm
Free and open to all, a conversation with all four company directors and dance critic Jordan Levin, on the past, present and future of physically integrated dance.

Friday, September 24: Community Contact Improvisation "Jam," 5:30 to 6:45 pm
Free and open to all, led by Karen Peterson of KPD and Dwayne Scheunemann of REVolutions Dance for those with and without disabilities, and for dance professionals and students.

I Am A Dancer, 7:00 pm
Free talk and discussion with choreographer Marc Brew about his career in dance as a wheelchair user breaking boundaries.

Welcome Reception, 8:00 pm: Free reception for all immediately following the talk, on the Koubek Center patio.

Saturday, September 25: Forward Motion Main Performances, 2:00 and 8:00 pm
Featuring the same program, the main performance taking place twice will include the Miami premieres of Dancing Wheels' Company's Pallas Athena, with choreography by Catherine Meredith, and Odyssey, with choreography by Marc Brew; the Miami premiere of Perky, Quirky, Smirky, from REVolutions Dance, with choreography by Christina Acosta; the Miami premiere of Remember When, a solo featuring Jesus Vidal de Leon, choreography by Marc Brew; and a new restaging of KPD's Lost and Found, choreography by Karen Peterson, video by Dinorah de Jesus Rodriguez.


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