Here’s to the Arsht Center for finally coming up with programming that is worth attending. Over the past 5 years, I have watched the Arsht Center (formerly the Carnival Center) kind of flail around with their programmatic roster. I wondered why, as the mecca of Latin America and the Caribbean, more performing artists from the region were not being presented. For the second time in two seasons, Ailey will return. Bale Folclorico presented a master class last night. It seems as if center has identified who their audience is, and has responded with truly good programming. What I would love to see now is a few more educational offerings and collaborations with area universities to create forums for panel discussions, lectures, master classes to accompany these fantastic companies while in Miami.
That said, I am happy to report that as of Spring 2011, the center’s roster is chalk full of a diverse offerings of local (Brazz Dance Theatre) to national (Rennie Harris Puremovement) (now celebrating 15 years–wickid) and international artists (Peru Negro and Los Munequitos de Matanzas). Lest I forget Bale Folclorico da Bahia tomorrow night (Jan. 15th) Which i will review here very soon after the show.
Perhaps a resurrection of DanceAfrica Miami isn’t so far off after all…