Program II: Contemporanea 2019

Program II: Contemporanea 2019

March 30, 2019

From 8:30 PM to 10:30 PM

$35 General Admission

Dance NOW! Miami, South Florida's leading contemporary dance company returns to Aventura Arts & Cultural Center for its fourth season, bringing its unique style of relevant, meaningful and impactful dance to the stage in their trademark sinewy, poetic, athletic and graceful style.

Contemporanea 2019 is featuring: (B)Orgia: Decadence and Decay

The machinations of the Borgias in the 15th and 16th century form the basis of this new dance work, from power grabs to lavish displays of elegance and beauty, contrasted against a background of betrayal and subterfuge. The corrupting influence of power and the lurid underbelly of society might seem like dark and heavy themes for a dance performance. But coming from South Florida's leading contemporary company, Dance NOW! Miami, and in today's political climate, their newest evening on Saturday, March 30, at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Arts Center, promises to be another fascinating and forward-leaning one. Program II: Contemporanea 2019, will feature the world premiere of (B)ORGIA: Decadence and Decay, inspired by the real life story of the famous Italian Renaissance-era family, choreographed by Dance Now Artistic Co-Directors Diego Salterini and Hannah Baumgarten. 

The program will also include a reconstruction of Daniel Lewis' classic There's Nothing Here of Me But Me; and the world premiere of Baumgarten's Fire Within, Fire Without: Dido on the Pyre; and an as yet untitled world premiere piece from Salterini.

There's Nothing Here of Me but Me, originally performed by Daniel Lewis' own New York-based company in 1980, is a reflective work, made up of small sections strung together by a common theme - the aloneness or estrangement of life in the theater. It is essentially autobiographical. Daniel Lewis will make a cameo appearance in the performance.

Fire Within, Fire Without: Dido on the Pyre is an expanded version of a duet Baumgarten workshopped this past summer at Interlochen Center for the Arts, in collaboration with composer Federico Bonacossa, who uses the ancient instrument Viola de Gamba for the score. It is a retelling of the Roman myth, chronicling the tale of a couple's passionate love and Dido's tragic suicide. Salterini's new piece is a luscious ensemble work for six members of the company, a delicate and poetic dance built around the music of South African composer Phillip Miller.

The Aventura Arts and Cultural Center is at 3385 NE 188th Street, Aventura 33180. Tickets are $35 general admission, $15 students (at the box office in-person only). Regular price tickets can be purchased in advance online at http://tinyurl.com/DanceNowAventura and by phone at (877) 311-7469, or in-person tickets at the Center box office. For more info visit www.dancenowmiami.org, (305) 975-8489, orinfo@dancenowmiami.org

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