Dan will be in Miami April 23-30 and June 22-29 to continuing to work alongside community members in Overtown, an underserved neighborhood near Downtown. Dan and local theater artist Teo Castellanos will use storytelling, movement and other performance strategies to address local issues with local organizations such as Touching Miami with Love. During Dan‘s time in Miami, he will be developing his current project, Pang!, a triptych of live radio plays based on the life stories of three families living with hunger in Miami, Cedar Rapids, and South Central Los Angeles. The work will premiere in all three cities in 2017-2018.
AIR at The Light Box is a Pilot Contemporary Performance Artist Residency Program funded by Knight Arts Challenge Miami focused on providing space and time for mid-career artists to research and develop new work, explore new techniques of making work, and engage our community in the process. This residency program is designed provide artists the opportunity to realize their full artistic vision in a creative and exciting environment.
Artists-in-residence will receive housing, per diem, substantial free studio space and opportunities to present their works in its various stages of development. To assist with their research, artists will have up to six hours per day in our fully equipped black box theater and rehearsal studio. Each two-week residency will have a public component, which can take the form of an artist talk, an intimate discussion, a work-in-progress performance, a master class or another means of sharing the work with the community.
About Dan Froot:
Dan Froot is a producer, composer, choreographer, writer, saxophonist, dancer, actor and director. He has performed his dance, music and theater work throughout the U.S. and overseas since 1983, and has worked with artists as diverse as Yoshiko Chuma, Ping Chong, Mabou Mines, Dan Hurlin, Ralph Lemon, Guy Klucevsek and Victoria Marks. Dan and long-time collaborator David Dorfman have co-created a popular and ongoing series of interdisciplinary duets collectively entitled “Live Sax Acts.” He received a Bessie (New York Dance & Performance Award) for his music/theater piece, “Seventeen Kilos of Garlic,” and a City of Los Angeles Artist Fellowship and a playwriting commission from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture for his gangster-vaudeville, “Shlammer.” He recently completed a national tour of “Who’s Hungry,” a collaboration with celebrated New York puppet artist Dan Hurlin and Seattle-based composer Amy Denio. “Who’s Hungry” tells life-stories of individuals living with hunger and/or homelessness in Los Angeles. Dan’s current project, “Pang!”, is a triptych of live radio plays based on the life stories of three families living with hunger in Miami, Cedar Rapids, and South Central Los Angeles. It will premiere in all three cities in 2017-2018.