Author: Suzanne James

Exclusive Interview: Bonnie Clearwater, Director and Chief Curator at NSU Art Museum, Fort Lauderdale

Editor’s Note: Bonnie Clearwater is Chief Curator and Director of the Nova Southeastern University Are Museum in Fort Lauderdale. The former Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami has curated many landmark exhibitions and is responsible for curating the first American solo museum exhibitions of artist as diverse as Albert Oehlen, Mark Bradford, Matthew Richie and Shinique Smith. This email was conducted via email. Sophia News: What is the most fulfilling aspect of  your work at the Nova Southeastern University Art Museum? What drives you, motivates you and inspires you the most? Bonnie Clearwater: Seeing the museum...

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Review: Alvin Ailey in Miami at the Arsht Center

Born in 1931 in New York City and often credited with popularizing modern dance for all audiences, Alvin Ailey was both a visionary and a legacy-maker. His dance troupe continues today, inspired by his gift of fusing homages to African American culture and history with contemporary dance. The name “Alvin American Dance Theater” is a perfect fusion of language to describe the performances of this eclectic and powerful company. Their performance of four works (The Hunt, Revelations, Stack-Up and Shelter) Saturday night at the Arsht Center in Miami was a revelation to this reviewer. This was my first Alvin...

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Review: Miami City Ballet’s One Line Drawn and Other Works

World Premieres are often anti-climactic affairs, debuting works of dance or music that few will remember a year later, let alone 20 years down the road. This is not the case with One Line Drawn, a work of exquisite poignancy choreographed by Brian Brooks with original music by Michael Gordon. It was the second part of the three-piece program by the Miami City Ballet. The evening at the Arsht Center I attended was also the premiere of the Miami City Ballet’s Third Program of the 2017-2018 season. I am beginning with One Line Drawn because it is a work of contemporary...

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Review: Cabaret At the Kravis Center, West Palm Beach

The Cabaret performance at the Kravis Center was an exercises in multiple meta-cliches and theatrical adulteration. Cabaret has a long and circuitous lineage, dating back to the early twentieth century. The production staged at the Kravis Center recently is part of a national tour and utilizes many of the tropes from the original 1966 Broadway production which won eight Tony Awards. The 1972 Bob Fosse film won eight Academy Awards, including Best Actress for Liza Minnelli and etched itself into the popular American consciousness as it solidified Ms. Minelli’s theatrical and film legacy as one of the great American...

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Review: Florida Grand Opera’s Salome at the Arsht Center, Miami

Richard Strauss wrote and produced Salome in 1905 when the world was on the brink of war and the musical cosmos was about to be blown to smithereens by the likes of Rachmaninoff, Schoenberg, American Blues, Elvis, Chuck Berry, Hendrix, and on and on. Salome is the story of King Herod and John the Baptist. It is the story of a New Testament episode central to the link between the Judeo-Christian Old Testament and the future of Christianity. A tale of lust, envy, evil and tragedy, Salome was crafted to great dramatic effect by the Florida Grand Opera in...

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