Then Fabián lost his passport, and with no Venezuelan embassies in the U.S., couldn’t get help to return. Abruptly cut off from his life, he had to start over. ““After I lost everything, I wanted to go for what was essential,” he says. “I wanted to do work that feels honest and sincere, not entertainment.”
Alienated by commercial Spanish language theater here, Fabián, now 30, worked with Alexey Taran and Carla Forte’s Bistoury Physical Theatre & Film and Roxana Barba, his first experiences with dance and performance. He won a 2020 Knight New Work grant for Little Spaces, soliciting real stories of living through the pandemic. “It’s been a ride,” he says. “But I love the city now. You discover what’s under the surface.”
His Here & Now piece, Towards Now, features Fabián and dance artist Gaiya, surrounded by video imagery and live streaming video, exploring the dilemma of staying connected to reality in “a world saturated with fictional characters, social media interactions, mass media. What does that mean for me as a human, as an artist?” Towards Now is also inspired by Parranda’s personal testimonies, contrasted with Fabián’s tendency to disconnect. “I’m always in a dream world,” he says. “So the work also explores delusion and imaginary worlds.”
Fabián is thrilled to have the chance to capture his evolving new self. “It’s easy to get lost,” he says. “I’m trying to put everything into something singular that represents me.”
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.