Tickets for the Saturday, April 3 Program III are $40, and $15 for students. Tickets for this event will only be available in allotments or 2 or 4 patrons seated together. Ticketmaster is the only official ticketing service of the Broward Center, Parker Playhouse and affiliated venues. Buy tickets online through www.dancenowmiami.org/events/dorian, and BrowardCenter.org/events; by phone at 954-462-0222 or the Broward Center’s AutoNation Box Office.
Dance NOW! Miami (DNM) returns to the Broward Center's Amaturo Theater stage on Saturday, May 15 at 8:00 pm, with their Program III of the season. One of the leading contemporary companies in Florida, the evening will include the world premiere of Dorian's Reflection, inspired by the classic Oscar Wilde novel, and the world premiere Jewish-themed Anusim, as well as the company's reconstruction of dance great José Limón's iconic La Malinche, as part of their annual Masterpiece In Motion series. Seating will be reduced to allow for social distancing, and mask wearing required.
Dorian's Reflection, choreographed by DNM Artistic Co-Directors Hannah Baumgarten and Diego Salterini, is a contemporary treatment of the story and characters from Wilde's novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, a foundational part of the gay literary canon. The ballet, with an original score by internationally recognized composer Davidson Jaconello, explores the themes of fear, loneliness, loss, and moral deterioration, embodied in Dorian, who remains forever young while his portrait ages instead. The dance work updates the narrative to our modern time of selfies and social media, plastic surgery, Tinder and Grinder, flipping the story so that Dorian's projected image stays young while the character of Dorian ages.
"In our youth-obsessed culture, Wilde's novel really still speaks to us, and inspired us to create a piece that looks at today's tendency towards self-absorption and indulgence," says Salterini. The other world premiere on the program, Anusim, what is hidden is never lost, is also a Baumgarten and Salterini collaboration. It is inspired by the 1497 decree in Portugal forcing all Jews to be baptized as "New Christians," but allowing them to practice their own religion in secret. It will travel with the company in June when they go on tour to Portugal.
La Malinche, which fills out the evening, is the first piece José Limón choreographed for his own company in 1947. It is based on the true story of a Nahua woman who played a key role in the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire, and is a legendary character in Mexican cultural history. The piece is reconstructed on DNM by Daniel Lewis, Limón's protégé and former Artistic Director of the Limón Dance Company after the founder's death, well known in South Florida as the Founding Dean of the Dance Department of New World School of the Arts. La Malinche is presented in collaboration with the José Limón Foundation and the 75th anniversary of the Limón Company.
This event is presented as part of the Broward Center’s Arts Access Program, which assists community-based organizations in presenting arts and cultural performances at the Broward Center. The program provides technical assistance and marketing support to local community groups enabling them to develop and build their audiences. Arts Access has collaborated with nearly 50 performing arts companies, nonprofit organizations and cultural and community groups to present all genres of the performing arts including music, dance, theater, poetry, and comedy.
The Broward Center 2020-2021 season is presented by the Broward Performing Arts Foundation. Sponsors are Autonation, the Cleveland Clinic, Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, Mastercard, University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and Bank of America.