“I consider the natural world a dance partner,” says Balfe, raised in jungly Coconut Grove. “When I dance outside I understand all these things connect – the health of the planet, the health of our bodies, the wind and trees. It sounds simple. But you end up in a profound place.”
Balfe has devoted herself to uniting creativity, community and nature. Since 2012 she has taught BodyMovement, her original blend of contact improv, yoga, theater, and childlike wonder. She teaches outdoors, on beaches or among mangroves, most recently on Virginia Key, where she’s working on a performance art garden, funded by an Oolite Ellies grant – a creative tropical oasis.
Balfe brings her instincts for play and inter-connectedness to Here & Now with Organesis, a mix of dance, original music with members of her band Donzii, performance, comedy and tenderness. The piece is Balfe’s invitation to look beyond capitalist structures – what can I buy, what’s my job – to a richer, more fundamental sense of our humanity, of the value of being part of the world. “We feel like we have a limit to how much we can give, how much we receive,” she says. “Consuming, that’s how you fill your void. I don’t have an answer. But I’m exploring that.”
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.