Miami Arts Center Unveils “Virtual Cabaret” Series

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Dancers Claudia Lezcano and Fabian Morales

Adapt or atrophy: Those are pretty much the only choices for artists in a world without in-person performing arts. Eager to still hone and showcase their work, albeit from a distance, enterprising musicians, singers, actors, visual artists and even burlesque performers have taken to the interwebs to reach audiences, often earning a few shekels in the process.

Last night, the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (SMDCAC) unveiled its version of digital culture to support local artists impacted by the pandemic lockdown. Titled SMDCAC Sessions, this weekly “virtual cabaret” will feature an exclusive, live-streamed performance by a South Florida creative (or two, or four) every Thursday at 7 p.m. on its Facebook page. Yesterday evening’s elegant introduction to the series, which you can view on the site now, welcomed dancers Claudia Lezcano and Fabian Morales lending deep feeling and graceful movement to choreographer Ben-Needham Wood’s “Apollo & Daphne.”

The nearly 10-minute contemporary number is inspired by the life-sized Greek-mythological Apollo and Daphne sculpture the choreographer encountered in Rome’s Borghese Museum. The dancers perform the deliberate, gliding movements in what appears to be a back porch, while pianist Inesa Gegprifti and violinist Anthony Seepersad play the mesmerizing score from different rooms, all of it melding together on three screens projected simultaneously.

Dimensions Dance of Miami brought this talent together, and those who appreciate the video can still support the artists by donating to paypal.me/dimensionsmiami.

The SMDCAC has not announced next Thursday’s performer(s), but keep an eye on its Facebook page for more details next week.


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