The gorgeous visual and movement carnival of the annual ScreenDance Miami festival is much more than an annual delight for Miami. The festival gives us a glimpse into creative minds, new ideas, and emerging trends throughout the dance world, a breathtaking artistic spectrum we’d never get to see simply via the limited number of live performances in South Florida.
The annual Screendance Miami festival shows films from around the world. But this year, we’re reprising films by Miami artists at the North Beach Bandshell, because the most compelling entries are from our own backyard.
Enabling artists to make new work has always been at the heart of Miami Light Project’s mission. But in recent months, a cascade of artists and projects fostered by Miami Light Project have received major grants and recognition, the latest result of an incredibly fertile period in which MLP has initiated seven new evening-length works by Miami-based artists, with four National Performance Network commissions, and five projects supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
Dance theater maker and cultural transformer Pioneer Winter seems to live by the words ‘why not?’ Why not make pieces with people with all different kinds of bodies, experiences, identities, beauty, power? A woman in a wheelchair, a senior citizen gogo dancer, a drag queen, a trans woman, a 13-year-old boy? Why not dance on film? In a bathroom stall?
Why not make dance that intersects with life?