A dance work that shares collective yearning and celebration.
Manteca is a dance tribute to the game of dominoes— with a feminist twist. Playing the game through dance, four women pay homage to Cuban culture and tradition. The three-part piece aims to preserve an iconic cultural expression while also exposing the nostalgia and love one has for their homeland.
As Cuban American women Cecilia and Stephanie have always stood at the intersection of two distinct cultures, allowing their cultural identities to deeply influence their artistic endeavors. Merging their varying talents, they use the media of dance, writing, photography, and videography to explore ideas surrounding their diverse passions. Moving back to Miami after some time away has expanded their collaborative relationship, leading them to create choreographic works that feel close to home. They are both deeply inspired by the ocean and their love affair with Cuban coffee.
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.