The spring season of dance in South Florida would not be complete without a final outstanding series of performances from Dance NOW! Miami. This leading contemporary company brings its Program III on Thursday, May 11 to Lake Worth’s Duncan Theatre, on Friday, May 12 to Broward Center’s Amaturo Theater, and on Saturday, May 13 to the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center. The performances will feature a restaging of Joffrey Ballet’s boundary-breaking work, The Relativity of Icarus, and the world premiere of Dance NOW! Miami’s own new piece, Gli Altri/The Others.
The Relativity of Icarus, choreographed by Gerald Arpino, is an athletic male duet from 1974 that uses the Daedalus and Icarus myths to express the tortured relationship between sons and fathers, with homoerotic overtones that were controversial for its time. It will be reconstructed and restaged by Cameron Basden, former Joffrey dancer, and “repetiteur” for the Arpino Foundation. The piece, powerful and rarely seen, will be presented with the original score by Gerhard Samuel.
The South Florida dates are part of Dance Now’s ongoing Masterpiece in Motion series, and the centennial celebration of Arpino’s birth. “Bringing this important Arpino work to Florida audiences, both because of its historical significance and its challenging choreographic take on masculinity, is a perfect fit for our company,” said Dance NOW! Miami Co-Artistic Director Diego Salterini.
Gli Altri/The Others, choreographed by Dance Now Artistic Directors Hannah Baumgarten and Salteirni, marries filmmaker Federico Fellini’s cinematic imagery with confessional storytelling to create unique symbolism. A gender fluid cast of characters create a magical safe space on stage where life, death, joy, despair, love and loss are entwined in the work’s non-linear narrative. The performance features music based on the iconic sounds of Nino Rota (best known for his multiple collaborations with Fellini and for the Godfather films) reimagined by long-time Dance Now composer Davidson Jaconello. Gli Altri/The Others is a collaboration with Italy’s Opus Ballet, and will be performed in Florence jointly in July of this year.
Dance NOW! Miami Program III will be presented May 11-13. For tickets and more information, visit www.dancenowmiami.org.