Letty Bassart: Here, Now

May 1, 2023

By Jordan Levin

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Letty Bassart started as a prototypical Miami dance talent – Cuban parents, ballet at age 3, New World School of the Arts straight to being teen star of powerhouse Spanish classical dance artist Rosita Segovia’s 90’s troupe, dancing with Brazilian choreographer Giovanni Luquini and other mainstay local dancemakers.

But when she started making her own work her impulses were far more conceptual and profound. “I wanted to engage in the human experience,” Bassart says. “It felt really urgent.” GOOD GOD GO, in 2010, featured the Hialeah High marching band, a flamenco dancer, and canaries. Her piece for 2014’s Here & Now was the aptly titled Unnameable, with collaborators including Cuban singer-songwriter Gema Corredera, Haitian-American composer Daniel Bernard Roumain, and dance-theater artist and singer, Sha Harrell. It was dedicated to Bassart’s 3 y.o. son and “the questions from him I could never answer,” exploring the multitudinous yet inadequate ways we define each other: Black, white, Latin, queer, non-queer etc. “All the ways definitions arise and inform our understanding of what a person is and can be,” Bassart says.

Bassart left Miami in 2016 for graduate studies at Smith College and UCLA, returned in 2020 to connect with family, and got engulfed in Covid, creating in the carport of her grandmother’s house. She calls Here, Now, her second Here & Now piece (pun intended) “a homecoming, a recommitting to making work here.” She’s collaborating with Roumain again in classic Cunningham/Cage mode; he’ll send a new musical score each day, which she’ll hear for the first time as she improvises to a movement structure she’ll also create that day. She hopes it’ll be “complex, human and lived in the moment,” drawing not only on post-modernism, but on traditions of Black and Latino improvisation. She may summon euphoria, political frustration, eroticism, grief – the multitudinous elements of her “love-hate relationship with Miami. Love for the possibility, the resourcefulness, the community, the recent connections to other places.”

Here, Now is also Bassart’s first time performing since the mid-2000’s. “So this is a return to that as well,” she says. “It’s wild to be here.”



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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.