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Knight New Works - Miami On Stage 2014-2015

May 2014 – September 2015 – MDCA On.Stage Black.Box Theater, South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center Black Box Theater and other venues (TBA)


FUNDarte is proud to present four new works by Miami artists – all cutting-edge projects that showcase the city’s creative voices in music, dance, film and interdisciplinary performance. The Miami On Stage: Knight New Works series is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge.

“For Miami’s cultural community to continue thriving and growing, we need organizations like FUNDarte to provide a space for them to experiment and grow,” said Dennis Scholl, vice president for arts at Knight Foundation. “Ever Chavez and his team are providing a platform for artists while engaging South Florida audiences.”

The series, commissioned by FUNDarte, kicks off May 8th, 2014 and runs through September 2015. 

The artists and works to be presented are as follows: 

  • Resonances, by Jose Luis Rodriguez

May 8th and 9th – 8:30 p.m.

On.Stage Black.Box Theater at Miami Dade County Auditorium

Co presented with Miami Dade County Auditorium

July 19th – 8:30 p.m. and 20th – 3:30 p.m.

South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center Black Box Theater

Co presented with South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center

Contemporary Flamenco guitarist and composer from Spain Jose Luis Rodriquez performs his dynamic new project Resonancias. The project includes a live performance of original guitar and electronic compositions by Jose Luis Rodriguez, featuring special guest artist Gustavo Matamoros, Alex Jordan on second guitar, and movement interventions by Niurca Marquez that at once instigate, incite, threaten, and invite Rodriguez to step outside of his comfort zone on stage. These are enveloped in the artistry of filmmaker Carla Forte and the dramaturgy and scenic design of Guggenheim Fellowship Recipient Alexey Taran, which functions as a living installation within the work. 



  • A todo color, (work in progress) a documentary film by Randy Valdes

July 11th and 12th - 8:30 p.m

On.Stage Black.Box Theater at Miami Dade County Auditorium

Co presented with Miami Dade County Auditorium 

This cutting-edge documentary, produced by fresh, new local media talent Randy Valdes, tells the story of how Cuban artists manage to disseminate their art and truths beyond the boundaries of Cuba. The piece explores the artists’ personal and creative journeys, how their influence defines the artistic language of the Cuban cultural Diaspora, and how each incorporates the influences of their newly adopted cultural environments into the ever-evolving phenomenon of world Cuban music. 


  • Writing In Sand, by Carlos Caballero

August 22nd and 23rd - 8:30 p.m

On.Stage Black.Box Theater at Miami Dade County Auditorium

Co presented with Miami Dade County Auditorium 

This experimental interdisciplinary performance invites local collaborators into a dialogue that explores themes of displacement, immigration, trauma, disability, personal crises, and assimilation as a mirror of Miami itself.  The piece exposes how artists process and divulge their most pressing personal issues in a game of theatrical lottery, while providing a commentary on life in this multicultural city vis-à-vis the process of creation, artistic and emotional survival, and aesthetic self-development within Miami’s diverse artistic community.


  • Life is a Song - Yisel Duque in Concert -

September 26th - 8:30 p.m

The Gleason Room Backstage at the Fillmore 

Singer-Songwriter Yisel Duque’s on-stage performance is an explosion of raw intimacy with personalized rare melodies and rhythmic vestiges of Cuban and Brazilian movements. She has a rare labyrinth of soothing, intimate, and delicate cadence in her voice that simply grabs you and brings chills up your spine; and at the same time you’ll feel that she is whispering her sundry and powerful voice in your ear. Yisel’s edgy yet delicate sounds are influenced by the musical worlds of Brazil’s Jobim, England’s Beatles, Cuba’s José Antonio Mendez, the classical music of Yo-Yo Ma, Alternative Rock’s Coldplay, Belgium’s Toots Thielemans, and Jazz great Ella Fitzgerald.

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