Powerful History, in Dance and Dialogue

Dance theater is an interesting niche: It’s not pure dance, performance, or theater, and it’s often an interactive construct. That’s the case with Red, which will take the stage at the Miami Theater Center (9806 NE Second Ave., Miami Shores) Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 10 p.m. Conceived by Jamaican-born dancer and choreographer Afua Hall, who’s now based in Miami, Red is a nonlinear story interweaving music, dialogue, video, and dance that loosely tells the story of one of the first children — Ruby Bridges — to desegregate a Southern school, in 1960. The 6-year-old would be memorialized in a Norman Rockwell painting. Through source material that includes historical records and her own diverse background, Hall created the piece as a catalyst for community awareness of history, race, and roots, using MTC as a literal platform. She’s also conducting modern dance classes focused on African and Caribbean traditions until July 15. Red will continue to run for two more weekends, July 5 and 6 and 12 and 13. Tickets cost $20. Visit mtcmiami.org.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: June 28. Continues through July 13, 2013

 
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