Antenna is an interactive installation constructed primarily to solicit auditory participation created by the collective FeCuOp with special performance by guest choreographer/dancer Ivonne Batanero
With this installation, FeCuOp seeks to create a social experiment with communication as its foundation.
6 – 7 PM
Evening starts with casual happy hour with beer, wine and bites. Meet the artists and view FeCuOp Flashback Footage in the Screening Room.
7 PM: Talk with Members of FeCuOp
Conversation with all of the members of FeCuOp moderated by Lorie Mertes, executive director of Locust Projects, with special guest Robert Chambers on the evolution FeCuOp and placing within the context of other artist collectives in Miami that were formed in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
7:30 PM: Ivonne Batanero Performance presented in collaboration with Miami Light Project
Following the talk, stay for a performance by dancer and choreographer Ivonne Batanero presented in a special collaboration between Miami Light Project and Locust Projects. Described as “engaging” and “theatrically compelling”, Batanero’s movement throughout the space and interaction with the Antenna creates a visual narrative centered around the idea of communication and connection.
7:50 PM: Special guest performance by Amanda Crider
The performance will be followed by a special musical guest appearance by mezzo-soprano, Amanda Crider. Accompanied by a piano directly plugged into the Antenna and incorporating the sounds of the theremin, Crider’s “gleaming vocalism” complements and contrasts the industrial materials from which it is amplified.
Ivonne Batanero was born in Lima, Peru and moved to Miami at the age of five. Ivonne studies extensively with Brigid Baker, and attended the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where she studied with the faculty. Upon graduating in 2009, Ivonne was awarded the 2009 Semans Art Fund which gave her the opportunity to travel to Vienna, Austria to attend the Impuls Tanz Vienna International Dance Festival. In 2011, Ivonne became the first Miami-based artist to receive a full “Adrienne Arsht Center for Performing Arts Scholarship” to attend the American Dance Festival. Ivonne is a two-time commissioned artist by Miami Light Project for their annual Here and Now Festival. In 2012 Ivonne’s choreography was described as “the most theatrically coherent and compelling piece” and in the following year her work was described as “the most engaging piece”. Ivonne’s Project: Invasion was listed in the Miami Herald as one of the top five dance performances of 2013. In 2015 Ivonne toured to Lima, Perú with her latest work I think it’s in my belly and created her first dance on film while in Lima entitled 528 days. Ivonne was recently awarded a grant by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs for the 2016-2017 Dance Miami Choreographers Program, and is currently a dancer with the Rosie Herrera Dance Theater and Adele Myers and Dancers.
Founded by artists for artists in 1998, Locust Projects is Miami’s longest running nonprofit alternative art space. They produce, present, and nurture ambitious and experimental new art and the exchange of ideas through commissioned exhibitions and projects, artist residencies, summer art intensives for teens, and public programs on contemporary art and curatorial practice. As a leading incubator of new art and ideas, Locust Projects emphasizes boundary-pushing creative endeavors, risk-taking and experimentation by local, national and international artists. They invest in South Florida’s arts community by providing artists with project grants and empower creative careers by supporting the administrative work of being an artist through an onsite artist resource hub and access to pro bono legal services.
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.