“We still have that history in our bodies,” Williams says. “How do you access that information? It has to be through movement.”
Born and raised in Homestead, Williams, 32, grew up with street dance, but was mentored in contemporary dance and much more by Michelle Grant Murray “my second mom,” the dance coordinator at Miami Dade College Kendall Campus who has guided so many young Black and Brown dancers. (Williams leads her own Obika Dance Theatre and Dancing for Justice, a community art and protest group.) Her great aunt, a community organizer, and her Bahamian grandfather inspire her. Her Bahamian heritage led her to research the saltwater railroad, by which enslaved African people fled to the Bahamas from South Florida beaches, often Key Biscayne, in the 1800’s.
“Activism chose me,” Williams says. “I cannot see art without it being in community, or creating something that is not meaningful.”
They start in the street. There’s an invocation. They wield machetes, recalling warriors and workers clearing land. The journey continues inside. “Everyone in the space is implicated,” Williams says. “We all have a role in community, in society. That’s how I look at performances.”
Eventz Paul is currently the Technical Director and Productions Manager at Miami Light Project. He has been a part of this organization since 2011. He participated in Miami Light Project’s first class of the Technical Fellowship Program held at The Light Box. He joined this program hoping to improve his existing theater skills. He received training from experts in the industry that mentored and further his theater technical skills. Now, he has successfully used his professional knowledge and has had the opportunity to work with various arts organizations and venues throughout Miami including Miami Theater Center, National Young Arts Foundation, the Colony Theatre and many more. He has become an instructor and conducts audiovisual classes to incoming technical fellows.
Beth Boone has been the Artistic & Executive Director of Miami Light Project since 1998, developing critically acclaimed artistic programs that have asserted the organization as one of the leading cultural institutions in South Florida. These programs include: the establishment of Here & Now, South Florida’s most respected commission and presenting program for community-based artists; premiere presentations of internationally acclaimed; pioneering historic international cultural exchange with Cuba; and the creation of The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, a multi-use performance and visual art space in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District. She previously served as Associate Director of Development for Florida Grand Opera, Deputy Director for the Department of Cultural Affairs at Miami Dade Community College, Wolfson Campus, co-founded an Off Broadway theater company (New York Rep), and served for six years as a Program Associate in the Arts & Culture Program of the AT&T Foundation. She received a B.A. in Fine Arts from the College of Charleston in South Carolina, and a MFA in Theater Arts from Brandeis University in Boston, MA.