The 26-year-olds met in high school in Boca Raton, kept dancing together at the Philadelphia College of Art. Castellon (who performs with Adele Meyers and runs the Show & Talk forum at Miami Light Project) moved to Miami in 2018, and Suarez followed this winter. They kept each other going during the pandemic. Now they’re presenting a kind of live “archival map” of their relationship, filled with play, curiosity and experimentation.
“It really is an exploration of our friendship,” says Castellon of their Here & Now piece. “That was not the initial intention. But you can’t unsee that. We want this feeling of possibility and change.”
“We’re playing with feelings of transformation and evolution,” adds Suarez.
They’re also inspired by the playful, optimistic teenagers in a “slumber party utopia dance film” they made together last year. They’ll include videos of previous dances they did together. Costumes are by the fabulous designer and fiber artist Pangea. Joyful, essential friendship onstage by Kay and Pat.
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.