“Amaru represents the duality of all cycles, the end but the beginning, the god that can move through different worlds,” Barba says. “In [pre-Columbian] cosmovision they talk about the world of the dead, the living, the world of the spirits and the cosmos. It’s all one – the natural and animal world are part of you and you are part of them.”
Barba, who came to Miami at 18, also draws on her personal roots; she recently discovered a great-grandmother who appears to have been an Inca curandera, or healer. “It blew my mind,” she says. “So much of the history and richness of that life is lost. You lose part of your identity.”
An interdisciplinary artist blending dance, film and video, Barba’s collaborators on Amaru include visual artist Leo Castaneda, with his fantastical videos of virtual worlds; musician Carlos Dominguez, and longtime creative/life partner Claudio Marcotulli. There’ll be a conversation with Amaru. Barba and dancer Loren Davidson will weave a bridge of thread to the heavens. And inspiration from a vision of a profoundly linked universe. “What resonated for me so much… was also [the pre-Columbian] spiritual lens,” Barba says. “How they connected to the world, to each other and to what they could not see but strongly believed.”
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.