We don’t often associate the subject of alcoholism, a lover’s betrayal, or the ravages of cancer as appropriate themes to celebrate a quinceañera. But then we’ve come to expect daring and edgy work from the folks at the Miami Light Project, who have been delivering some of the most provocative cultural offerings by intrepid locals since 1999 as part of the festival Here & Now. In its 15th edition, the 305-centric showcase of our region’s emerging multimedia talent boasts a field that includes contemporary dancers and choreographers, theater artists, and a composer. Here & Now 2013 is showcasing spanking-new works by Shira Abergel, Ivonne Batanero, Liony Garcia, and Matthew Evan Taylor, all of whom were commissioned to bring their eclectic visions to the stage during the vaunted fest’s weeklong quinceañera celebration at the Light Box at Goldman Warehouse (404 NW 26th St., Miami) as part of the Knight Emerging Artists Series. Known for programming that wraps spectators like tentacles and delivers unexpected performances that can be sensory-jarring, Here & Now has served as a launch pad for upward of 70 South Florida-based artists who have gone on to perform these works before international audiences. Look for Abergel’s Appalachian Squall, which she calls a prohibition-era cautionary tale riffing on love, pain, and insalubrious boozing. “This piece utilizes old archival and new film-footage projections, original music, live performance, and the heartbeat of Appalachian culture,” says Abergel, whose work promises live traditional mountain music that will transport audiences to an atmospheric, silent-film experience.
Thursdays-Saturdays. Starts: Feb. 7. Continues through Feb. 16, 2013