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Miami Light Project is thrilled to announce the awarding of commissions for Here & Now: 2020

February 19, 2020

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Miami Light Project is thrilled to announce the awarding of commissions for Here & Now: 2020 to Maya Billig, Loren Davidson and Britney Tokumoto, Chadwick Gaspard, Liony Garcia, Maria “Mercy” Lopez, and Seth “Brimstone” Schere.

Artists were selected by a panel from a pool of over 30 applicants. 
Artists receive a commission award, rehearsal space and production support in preparation for the premiere of Here & Now: 2020 at The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse.

Maya Billig is a Miami native and dance theater artist. Currently an Artist-in-Residence at The Deering Estate, she has received a Locust Projects’ WaveMaker Grant in 2019 for her interest in blending dance, film, and environmental activism. Her live works have been presented at the historical Kampong in Coconut Grove, Fountainhead Studios, and Art Basel Miami. Her dance films have been selected by Crosscuts (Sweden), Prisma Independent Film Awards (Rome), ADF Movies by Movers, and Screendance Miami. 

For Here & Now: 2020, Maya proposes a new short dance theater work performed to an original score based off the radio adaptation of “The War of the Worlds” by Orson Welles. Through movement and theatricality, this piece explores themes of media sensationalism, attention, distraction, and power.
Loren Davidson and Britney Tokumoto met as two dance artists performing in a Miami based dance company.

Loren Davidson is a dance artist based in Miami. She currently performs with Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre and Adele Myers and Dancers and works as a Body Conditioning and Pilates instructor. She has taught and choreographed at the American Dance Festival, Florida State University, Tisch School of the Arts and Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp.
 
Britney Tokumoto is a dancer based in Delray Beach, FL. She attended Mid-Pacific School of the Arts in Honolulu, HI and graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City. Britney also participated in Springboard Danse Montreal in 2017. She is currently performing with Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre and Adele Myers and Dancers. 

For Here & Now: 2020, Britney and Loren’s proposal is an experiential audience-based inquiry centered around contact vs. connection and the ways we show up for one another. Their research includes a heavy social media component, specifically Instagram, as a means of highlighting our existing relationships. 
Liony Garcia is a dancer and choreographer based in Miami. He holds a Bachelor in Fine Arts from New World School of the Arts, as a performer he’s worked with BodyTraffic (LA) performing choreographic works by Guy Weizman and Roni Haver (NL) and Barack Marshall. Locally he’s worked under the direction of Alexey Taran with Bistoury Physical Theater and is a founding member of Rosie Herrera Dance Theater. Liony is currently a dancer in Brigid Baker’s WholeProject.
For Here & Now: 2020, Liony has been selected to receive additional support of his Here & Now: 2019 work called Corporeal Decorum – a multidisciplinary performance that incorporates a dynamic collaboration between architecture, dance, sculpture and the most advanced technologies in Computer Generated Imagery and Augmented Reality Projections.

Miami native Chadwick Gaspard’s first encounter with dance was at age 19 within Miami’s underground Hip Hop scene. He began formal training at Miami Dade College and went on to the University of Florida to earn his BFA in Dance. Currently, Chad is focusing on research involving the combination of street/urban dance with contemporary in order to develop his pedagogical approach to teaching, creating work and his own technique. 

For Here & Now: 2020, Chad  tackles the idea and perspectives of black masculinity and what that entails. This interactive work will allow the audience to visualize and perceive the black male experience through a fusion of contemporary dance, street dance styles, and storytelling.

Maria “Mercy” Lopez is a Miami Native who started pre-professional training at Miami Dade College’s Kendall Campus.  She had trained under the guidance and mentoring of Professor Michelle Grant Murray. At MDC, she was in Jubilation Dance Ensemble, a pre-professional company, for three years. Shortly after, she continued training at University of Florida and graduated with her BFA in Dance in Fall 2019.

For Here & Now: 2020, Mercy proposes a choreographic work which talks about the Hispanic soldiers laying down their lives for the United States to then be betrayed by either them or their families being deported.  
Seth “Brimstone” Schere embodies Hip Hop’s “Can’t stop, won’t stop!” attitude. He is the co-founder of PATH: (Preserving, Archiving & Teaching Hiphop, Inc., a nonprofit entity devoted to cultural preservation) and Sober Studios (a therapeutic music program for people in recovery). Since the late eighties, Brimstone has been shaping Miami’s scene as an artist, engineer, performer and producer.

For Here & Now: 2020, Brimstone proposes the creation of a sequel to the musical inspired film/theatrical production, Fiddler on the Roof utilizing the artistic elements of Hip Hop culture, (MC/Rap, DJ, Bboy/Bgirl, Urban “graffiti” Art), the production addresses ethnic, religious, cultural and socioeconomic status issues against the backdrop of Miami – a city in transition.

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A native of Miami, Kristina Villaverde became Miami Light Project’s Technical Director in 2014. Kristina is also the director of Miami Light Project’s Technical Fellowship, a program designed to train emerging theater technicians and prepares them for professional work. A long time staple in the South Florida theater community, Kristina has worked as the Head Electrician at Byron Carlyle Theater, The Colony Theater and the Olympia Theater. Additionally, she has built her theater skills as Light Designer and Stage Manager for numerous productions, and worked for local arts organizations as Young Arts and Miami Lyric Opera. Kristina has been a member of I.A.T.S.E. Local 500 and had the opportunity to work as a stagehand for a variety of productions from Broadway, Comedy Central, CBS, Telemundo to Live Nation at a great number of venues in South Florida.
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Terrence Brunn

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A native of St. Thomas, US Virgin Island, Terrence Brunn is an arts administrator and designer with a B.A. in Business Management from the University of Miami. Terrence Brunn joined MLP in 2012 as part of the Miami Light Project’s Technical Fellowship Program inaugural class where he explored all aspects of stagecraft. Now Terrence is the communications manager for Miami Light Project and the program coordinator for Miami Theater Center. Terrence currently resides in Miami and enjoys traveling when not working.
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Regina Moore

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Regina Moore joined Miami Light Project in October 2012. Previously, Regina worked as an independent consultant and grant writer for nonprofits in South Florida. Since 2003, Regina has worked with cultural & arts and community services organizations on projects that have generated more than $4 million in grants. She has 18 years of experience in grant proposal development, strategic planning, building collaborations and program evaluation for small/mid-size nonprofits. Regina holds a master degree in business administration from the University of Miami (Coral Gables, FL) and bachelor’s degree in business from Pontificia Universidade Católica (Sao Paulo, Brazil). A native of Brazil, Regina currently resides in Boca Raton with her husband, John, and two children, Thomas and Emilie.
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Eventz Paul

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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.

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Elizabeth Boone

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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.