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Nomadis Theater Piece Is Collective Experience

Antiheroes Project Creates Theatrical Laboratory


Michelle F. Solomon, ATCA, FFCC

From left to right: Fernando Goicochea, Jose Manuel Dominguez, Ivette Kellems, Paola Escobar, Claudio Marcotulli, and Sergio Mora. Photo by Maria A. Franco

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From left to right: Fernando Goicochea, Jose Manuel Dominguez, Ivette Kellems, Paola Escobar, Claudio Marcotulli, and Sergio Mora. Photo by Maria A. Franco

In the original theater piece, Nomadis, one of the Beat Generation’s most prolific authors is mentioned. It’s a throughline for not only the play but the Antiheroes Project, Inc., a group of performers, filmmakers and musicians, who are at the core of the project and the play.

“One day, as Jack Kerouac was resting in his cabin, he heard one of Beethoven’s symphonies. There, sipping a cup of tea, he decided he would be a writer and not a football player. I wanted to write about that moment, so I stayed while all my friends left," is the excerpt from Nomadis.

José Manuel Dominquez, the artistic director of the Antiheroes Project, describes Nomadis as an original theater piece inspired by the concept of freedom, the lives and works of some of the authors of the Beat Generation, and fragments of memories of the very life of the performers. (It is) a theatrical laboratory that merges the complexity of a group of Miami based artists and the nomadic nature of the human being.

He continues: Nomadis is, in a way, a collective experience that moves away from conventional aesthetics in order to become an organic, risk-taking exploration. It has become a theatrical laboratory where performers, filmmakers and musicians have been able to unfold themselves by playing with impulses and taking part in the construction of the text which has been written based on numerous improvisations.

The story of Nomadis unravels when memories are drawn from a photograph discovered by the main character. It is a photograph of the young protagonist and his friends during the happiest time of their lives. These long lost friends emerge onto the stage and take the audience into a dreamlike, non-linear journey through the subconscious of the character to confront his life’s regrets, his unrequited quest to fulfill his dreams, and his longing for the glory days of youth.

From left to right: Paola Escobar, Jose Manuel Dominguez, Claudio Marcotulli, Sergio Mora, and Fernando Goicochea. Photo by Alexey Taran.

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From left to right: Paola Escobar, Jose Manuel Dominguez, Claudio Marcotulli, Sergio Mora, and Fernando Goicochea. Photo by Alexey Taran.

The collaborators behind this project have envisioned an adaptable format for the presentation of the work in traditional and non-traditional venues. The piece features text in Spanish and English to appeal to South Florida’s diverse and multilingual audience, and the presentations will also include Spanish and English supertitles. Organizers have said that some of the presentations will have other programmatic accessibility components such as ASL interpretation, large print and Braille programs, touch tour, audio description and assisstive listening devices.

Cast members include Claudio Marcotulli, Fernando Goicochea, Ivette Kellems, José Manuel Domínguez, Paola Escobar, and Sergio Mora. Music is by Carlos Ochoa and Marizelda Eggertsson. Costume designers are Angie Exposito, Estela Vrancovich, props and set design are by Carlos Eloy Perera and Kino Robinson, lighting design is by Alexey Tarán with production by Alex Negrón and Fernando Goicochea. Assistance director and ADA coordinator is Maria A. Franco with stage management by Elizabeth Mojica.

Antiheroes Project was founded in 2011 to create, produce and present contemporary performing arts events in parallel with year-round workshop series. The development of collaborative projects and educational events is focus on fostering inclusion through the arts among individuals with and without disabilities of all ages. The organization supports the cultural dialogue among multilingual and multicultural South Florida’s diverse community.

Tickets are $15; Students, Miami-Dade College employees, seniors, and people with disabilities: $10; Reservations: 786-975-4891 / info@antiheroesproject.org

EVENT DATES/TIMES/LOCATIONS:

  • Saturday, Aug. 9, 7:30  p.m. and Sunday, Aug 10, 3:30 p.m., World and Eye Arts Center,
    109 NW 5th St., Ft. Lauderdale.
    (954) 540-9897
  • Saturday, Aug 16, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 17, 3:30 p.m., NOMAC: North Miami Arts Collective, 845 NE 125th St., North Miami.
    NorthMiamiArts@gmail.com
  • Saturday, Aug. 23, 7:30  p.m., Miami Theater Center
    9806 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Shores.
    (305) 751-9550
  • Friday, Sept. 12, 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 13, 7:30 p.m., 6th Street Dance Studio
    1155 SW 8th St., Miami.
    (305) 560-1150
  • Sunday, Sept. 14th, 3:30 p.m., Cavas Flamenco Studio
    3850 8th Street, 2nd Floor, Coral Gables.
    (305) 433-7666
  • Saturday, Sept. 20, 7:30 p.m.-Sunday, Sept. 21, 5 p.m., Escuela Flamenca Gabriela Fonseca Miami, 10171 NW 58th Street, Suite 8, Doral.
  • Saturday Oct.4, 7:30 p.m., Excello Dance Space
    8700 SW 129 Terrace, Kendall.
    www.karenpetersondancers.org.
  • Friday, Oct. 10, 8:30 p.m.-Saturday, Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m.-Sunday, Oct. 12, 5 p.m.,
    Artefactus Black Box
    12302 SW 133 Court, Kendall.
    (786) 975-4891
  • Saturday, Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m., South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center/ Theater Lab
    10950 SW 211th St, Cutler Bay.
    (786) 573-531
    For more information, contact info@antiheroesproject.org
    Phone: (786) 975 4891
To see a video and more information of a fundraising campaign:http://www.hatchfund.org/project/nomadis

About Nomadis, inspirations and its artists:http://antiheroesproject.tumblr.com/tagged/nomadis

On Twitter:http://twitter.com/antiheroesprjct

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