Life on the road is often brutal, yet the idea of surviving on the edge of society has always fascinated artists. Case in point: Miami Contemporary Dance Company opens the season with two works inspired by wandering people. The troupe brings back a crowd favorite with Black, a movement from The Death of García Lorca, a piece dedicated to the Spanish poet who found the essence of art in gypsies. Imagine the fiery stomp of a flamenco dancer, and you get the idea.
MCDC artistic director Ray Sullivan looked a bit closer to home for inspiration for his new piece, Harvest Voice. He interviewed migrant farm workers in Homestead, asking the women in the community about their dreams for themselves and their children. Harvest Voice transforms the womens words into movement, opening a window onto the lives of the people who pick our produce but whom we rarely see. However, dont expect a weep fest. Sullivan is a master entertainer, his dancers are eye candy, and his depiction of life on the edge is likely to keep you on the edge of your seat.
Fri., Nov. 19, 8 p.m.; Sat., Nov. 20, 8 p.m., 2010