The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County announces Dance@Arsht 2023-24 featuring six local, national and international dance favorites. Miami-based Peter London Global Dance Company and Haiti’s Ayikodans will each perform world premieres commissioned by the Arsht Center, in December and April respectively. Bringing in 2024, the “Trocks” (aka Les Ballet Trockadero de Monte Carlo) mark their 50th Anniversary and the remarkable Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to the Arsht stage during Black History Month. For the 15th Flamenco Festival Miami in March 2024, Ballet Nacional de España headlines with three performances and the intergenerational Stars of Flamenco close out the hugely popular annual festival.
Peter London Global Dance Company: “Edge of Tomorrow” – Three World Premieres
Kicking off the season, the Miami-based Peter London Global Dance Company will present “Edge of Tomorrow” from December 28-31, 2023, at the Carnival Studio Theater. This event will showcase three world premieres, including work choreographed by Jamar Roberts, a former company member and resident choreographer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Set to the score of international jazz trumpeter/composer Etienne Charles, this performance promises to be a visual and auditory masterpiece. Lloyd Knight, a principal dancer with the Martha Graham Dance Company, and Richard Villaverde, a soloist with the same company, will also grace the stage with their choreography and performance, accompanied by Charles’ music. Additionally, Justin Rapaport will present a new work, adding to the evening’s artistic diversity. The Peter London Global Dance Company’s repertoire is a fusion of contemporary, classical, and Afro-diaspora techniques, promising a radical and intoxicating experience.
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo: Celebrating 50 Years of Laughter and Dance
In January 2024, the renowned Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, affectionately known as the “Trocks,” will return to the Arsht Center as part of their 50th anniversary season. Founded in 1974 in New York City, this all-male comic ballet company has become a global sensation, renowned for its razor-sharp wit and breathtaking pointe work. Audiences can look forward to a performance that combines humor with polished parodies of classical ballet works.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: A Journey Through Time
On February 2 and 3, 2024, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to the Arsht Center, marking its 65th anniversary season. Under the artistic direction of Liberty City native Robert Battle, the company continues to inspire and move audiences with their powerful performances. Ailey’s most iconic work, “Revelations,” draws from his “blood memories” of Texas, blues, spirituals, and gospel, creating a masterpiece that transcends time. The company’s dedication to showcasing diverse choreographers and amplifying a multitude of voices has touched the hearts of millions worldwide.
Flamenco Festival Miami XV: A Celebration of Spanish Dance and Culture
From March 1 to 14, 2024, the Flamenco Festival Miami celebrates its 15th season. The festival will feature performances by the Ballet Nacional de España (BNE) and the intergenerational Stars of Flamenco. Ballet Nacional de España, founded in 1978 and directed by Rubén Olmo since 2019, is dedicated to preserving Spain’s rich choreographic heritage, including academic, stylized, folklore, bolera, and flamenco dance forms. The Stars of Flamenco showcase will bring together some of Spain’s greatest dancers, including Manuel Liñán, Alfonso de Losa, and El Yiyo, promising an evening of traditional and contemporary flamenco.
Ayikodans: “Invocation” – A World Premiere
Closing out the season with a bang, Ayikodans returns to Miami in April 2024 with a world premiere titled “Invocation.” Founded by internationally acclaimed Haitian-born choreographer, dancer, and educator Jeanguy Saintus, Ayikodans is celebrated as Haiti’s most vibrant cultural ambassadors. This contemporary Haitian aesthetic, deeply rooted in tradition while reflecting modern Caribbean culture and creativity, promises to captivate audiences. Having performed worldwide, Ayikodans’ return to the Adrienne Arsht Center for their seventh season in South Florida is a testament to their enduring artistry and cultural significance.
Tickets for Dance@Arsht performances will be available to Arsht Center members beginning on September 6 at noon, and to the general public on September 8 at noon. You can purchase tickets at the Adrienne Arsht Center box office by calling (305) 949-6722 or online at arshtcenter.org.
This is a Hy-Lo News Staff Report.