October 3rd, 2009. 4:00 and 8:00 p.m.
South Florida’s own groundbreaking mixed-ability company, Karen Peterson and Dancers, perform for the first time in Miami Beach on Saturday, October 3rd, 2009 at 4:00 and 8:00 pm shows. The concerts take place at the Byron Carlyle Theater and include the new video dance fusion work, Mano a Mano, along with the popular piece Future Memories. Mixed-ability or integrated dance companies are part of an exciting movement in the dance world that combines dancers with and without disabilities in the same performances, creating a daring artistic challenge to society’s notions of physical form and graceful movement.
Mano a Mano features four dancers, two using wheelchairs, as they interact with and respond to live video projections directed by video artist Maria Lino, a two time Cintas Fellow and 2007 Women Visual Scholarship winner. This striking collaboration between Lino and choreographer Karen Peterson takes an honest look at the physicality of disability, showcasing the beauty of this mixed group of artists brought together through movement. The cutting-edge fusion of live video and dance is a first for the company. Future Memories is an intimate multi-media work which creatively mixes dance, home video, childhood songs, finger painting and family arguments, to cleverly parallel the struggles, passion and support of choreographer Peterson’s own family with that of the dancers in the company.
“This new work takes our wonderful mixed group of dancers into new directions that I am very excited about,” says Founder and Director Karen Peterson.
Karen Peterson and Dancers at Byron Carlyle Theater
500 71st Street
Miami Beach, FL 33141