Dance performances

These are the dance shows you can’t miss in South Florida this season

Dance companies are gearing up for another season of packed theaters and enthusiastic audiences with offerings ranging from the ultra-traditional to the avant-garde. Here are the picks for the best bets for the 2022-2023 season.

FLAMENCO

Miami continues to support the best of flamenco with programs that appeal to newcomers and aficionados alike. Venues in the region have scheduled world-class companies for the 2022-2023 season.

FLAMENCO FESTIVAL MIAMI XIV: ALMA

This year’s “Flamenco Festival Miami XIV: Alma” features superstar flamenco dancer, director and choreographer, Sara Baras. Expect exquisite costumes and the electric rhythm of guitars with the thunder of heels in impressive group and individual choreography.

Baras performance warm-up with two exteriors “Flamenco on the Plaza” events on March 15 and 16.

March 17-19, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Miami; 305-949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org.

SIUDY FLAMENCO: ON THE BACK

Siudy Garrido brings another powerful flamenco performance this season.

Right after her gala Arsht June, darling of South Florida flamenco Siudy Garrido presents “Siudy Flamenco: A Dos”. Garrido and guitar maestro Jose Luis de la Paz duets alternated with group numbers to classic flamenco rhythms, magnificent costumes and a cinematic sense of theatricality.

October 8, Aventura Arts and Cultural Center, Aventura, 305-466-8002 or https://www.aventuracenter.org.

CONTEMPORARY DANCE

While Miami’s flamenco scene vies with Madrid for the place of honor, Miami’s avant-garde and contemporary dance companies give their money’s worth in Berlin and New York. The 2022-2023 season sees bands expanding groundbreaking multi-part pandemic projects with new installments.

FEAR OF FREEDOM

Not to be missed is Physical Theater of the Scalpeloverwhelming mix of theatre, multimedia and dance in chapter 3 of “The Commune”.

Inspired by the work of German psychoanalyst and Frankfurt School critical theorist Erich Fromm, BPT’s “Fear of Freedom” promises to be a shift in consciousness.

October 6-7, The On.Stage Black Box Theater, Miami-Dade County Auditorium, 305-547-5414 or www.miamidadecountyauditorium.org.

GATHERING OUR BUSINESS (THE DINGLE WAY)

Miami Choreographer Brigitte Baker and his company, brigid baker whole projecttackles the themes of climate change and the disappearance of the natural world with “Gathering Our Belongings (The Dingle Way)”.

wholeproject’s latest work is the fourth installment in a multi-year exploration following “Crown” (2021), “Operation Birdsong” (2021) and “Numinous Land” (2022).

Nov. 11-13, The On.Stage Black Box Theater, Miami-Dade County Auditorium, 305-547-5414 or www.miamidadecountyauditorium.org.

BIRDS OF PARADISE

Aeon De La Cruz and Niurca Márquez, up front, in

Aeon De La Cruz and Niurca Márquez, front, in Pioneer Winter Collective’s “Birds of Paradise.”

After its world premiere in 2021, Pioneer Winter Collective is re-performing his groundbreaking “Birds of Paradise” in the spring.

This groundbreaking new genre work by one of Miami’s most forward-thinking companies combines eight dance solos with multimedia in performances by disabled, transgender, and atypical dance bodies for an intensely vulnerable exploration of the isolation of life. identity.

March 23-25, Sandrell Rivers Theater, 305-284-8800 or www.sandrellriverstheater.com.

FORWARD MOTION DANCE FESTIVAL

Physically Integrated Dance brings together dancers with and without disabilities in performances that challenge the distinction between who can and cannot dance.

Karen Peterson Dancers continues its pioneering work with the nation’s top PI dancers and choreographers in the fourth annual Forward Motion Dance Festival featuring Alpert Award-winning choreographer Victoria Marks with guest dancer and songwriter Carina Ho.

October 27-28, The On.Stage Black Box Theater, Miami Dade County Auditorium, 305-547-5414 or www.miamidadecountyauditorium.org.

MODERN DANCE

Miami Modern Dance Companies present a slate of premieres with seasons that tackle issues such as racism, homophobia and gender inequality, while providing audiences with a glimpse into the seminal choreography of history’s greats of the beginnings of modern dance.

MASTERPIECE IN MOTION

Dance NOW!The “Masterpiece in Motion” series presents a first reconstitution of the Joffrey Ballet: “The Relativity of Icarus”.

This 1974 work by Gerald Arpino struggled to gain acceptance due to its latent homoerotic themes. The program also includes works by directors DNM Salterini and Baumgarten, including ‘Sogni, the things my dreams are made of’, a surreal journey through the mind of a man, and ‘House on Fire’, a sexy adventure through an evening of debauchery.

May 11, Duncan Theatre, Palm Beach, 561-868-3309 or www.palmbeachstate.edu/theatre/duncan-theater.

May 12, Amaturo Theater, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 954-462-0222 or www.bwardcenter.org/events.

May 13, Aventura Arts and Cultural Center, Aventura, 305-466-8002 or www.aventuracenter.org.

ANCESTRAL LAND

Peter London World Dance Company celebrates the New Year with “Ancestral Ground”.

Now in its 11th year, this Miami gem features electric performances by current and former students of New World School of the Arts dance teacher and former Martha Graham Dance principal dancer Peter London.

Filled with premieres, “Ancestral Ground” includes London’s sultry “Unfold,” as well as the world premiere of award-winning choreographer Justin Rapaport’s duet “Around, Would You Turn.”

December 28-31, Carnival Studio Theatre, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Miami; 305-949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org.

BALLET

Miami’s classical and neo-classical dance scenes continue to evolve in programming, rethinking traditional audience favorites while commissioning companies and world premieres from the country’s top up-and-coming choreographers.

MODERN MASTERS

MCB Studio dancers Nicole Stalker, Adrienne Carter and Mayumi Enokibara in

MCB Studio dancers Nicole Stalker, Adrienne Carter and Mayumi Enokibara in “Diversion of Angels.”

Miami City Ballet expands its repertoire in “Modern Masters”.

Expect beautiful and thought-provoking presentations of mature, erotic, and teenage love in Martha Graham’s debut company, “Diversion of Angels.”

In the same programme, MCB premieres José Limón’s masterpiece, “La Pavane du Moor”, set to composer Henry Purcell’s exquisite baroque score. Finally, the program concludes with world premieres by cutting-edge contemporary choreographers Pontus Lidberg and Amy Hall Garner.

February 10-12, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Miami; 305-949-6722 or www.arshtcenter.org.

CLASSICAL AND NEOCLASSICAL BALLETS

Arts Ballet Theater of Florida presents the season opener, “Classical and Neoclassical Ballets”.

The program combines ABTF Artistic Director Vladimir Issaev’s “Shostakovich Suites” and Vicente Nebrada’s haunting and poignant “Pentimento” with Bolshoi choreographer Asaf Messerer’s 1959 pas de deux work “Spring Waters” set to music by Sergei Rachmaninoff.

October 8-9, Amaturo Theater, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 954-462-0222 or www.bwardcenter.org/events

October 15-16, Aventura Arts and Cultural Center, Aventura, 305-466-8002 or www.aventuracenter.org.

LATIN VOICES

Miami's Dimensions Dance Theater brings back audience favorite

Miami’s Dimensions Dance Theater brings back audience favorite “Juanita y Alicia” this season.

Dimensions Dance Theater Miami the comebacks heat up the stage with Cuban nostalgia in “Latin Voices.”

The company performs “Juanita y Alicia”, the favorite song of audiences and critics, by Washington Ballet choreographer Septime Webre, with music performed live by Alain Garcia and his group Latin Power.

The evening includes the South Florida premiere of New Albany Ballet’s principal choreographer, Jimmy Orrante’s haunting work ‘Balanced’ and new work by choreographer-in-residence Yanis Pikier to music by Cuban pianist Ernesto Lecuona.

November 12, South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 786-573-5300 or smdcac.org.

MEN WHO DANCE

South Florida’s “Men Who Dance” festival, now in its third year, deconstructs and redefines notions of masculinity with a powerful lineup of bailarinos and companies from across Florida and beyond.

The lineup includes dancers from Miami City Ballet, Arts Ballet Theater of Florida, Tango Out, RTW Dance, Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami and Dance NOW! (among others) as well as leading artists from Argentina and Chile.

November 27, Amaturo Theater, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 954-462-0222 or www.bwardcenter.org/events.