Miami Light Project presents Here & Now 2021, our signature commission program for Miami-based artists.
The 2021 edition runs two weekends featuring newly commissioned short work from Miami’s most exciting emerging artists. These artists are working across disciplines to define contemporary performance in Miami.
Roxana Barba is a Miami-based performer and dance maker whose practice incorporates interdisciplinary uses of dance, film and video. Her work explores personal and cosmic paradigms, cultural memory and the hidden. Roxana’s choreography has been presented by Perez Art Museum, ScreenDance Miami, Women in Dance Leadership Conference and Miami Performance Festival, among others.
KayandPatmoves is the choreographic collaboration of Kayla Castellon and Patricia Rose Suarez. Their work investigates the complexities of the human experience- aiming to expose the lightness in life without discrediting the weight. Kayla and Patricia feel strongly about empowering young people to take up space and unapologetically express themselves.
José Manuel Domínguez is a Cuban-born performing artist and educator. Following experimental directions and exploring improv, movement and sound techniques, he has led Antiheroes Project since 2011 – presenting multiple original full-evening works as well as teaching bilingual inclusive workshops for the community at large.
Described as “highly recommended for rockers wishing to get their feet wet in post-20th century classical music,” (ICON), Dorothy Hindman’s unique blend of spectralism with punk/grunge has received over 400 global performances in venues including Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, and the Muziekgebouw. Hindman teaches at the Frost School of Music.
Sol and The Tribu is a group of Cuban musicians that blends traditional Caribbean music and modern technology with a distinct Miami twist. As ambassadors of The New Miami Sound, they pride themselves on what makes Miami “The Magic City” with its blend of Caribbean influences and American swamp funk.
Enrique Villacreses is a Miami-based dancer, choreographer, and filmmaker. His works have been presented in ScreenDance Miami Festival, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Dance Magazine, Contact Quarterly, Pérez Art Museum Miami, and on the Dancemakers: New Works series at New World School of the Arts.
Shamar Watt is an artist born in Kingston (Jamaica) raised in Miami. What drives Watt as an artist is the science of black bodies and how the sonic science of blackness resonates in the world and the infinite universe. Watt was a 2018 Bessie Nominee and in 2019 he was the recipient of the prestigious Bessie Award for Outstanding Performance in Nora Chipaumire’s work.
Brittany Williams, a womanist, a ride or die freedom fighter, and art-maker – creates work that is the part reality, part fugitive. Brittany’s artistic work biomythically explores her ancestral lineage and memory of growing up in the swamplands of Florida. She is a principal dancer with Olujimi Dance (Michelle Grant Murray), and is a collaborator with Slippage (Thomas DeFrantz).
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.