Stepping Out

In the fraught process toward acceptance and equality, some members of the LGBTQ community can turn their battle into art, drawing inspiration from adversity or otherness. Out in the Tropics, FUNDarte’s annual five-day performance festival dedicated to art of the nonhetero persuasion, has been celebrating these sorts of provocative, insightful, and edu-taining productions since 2010. Highlights from the 2014 Out in the Tropics fest include a rare Florida performance by the award-winning California troupe Sean Dorsey Dance Company (8:30 p.m. Friday at the Colony Theater), whose modern dance piece “Uncovered” takes its inspiration from a year-and-a-half-long study of the diaries of famous and unknown transgender and queer individuals; and “ToCaBa” (8:30 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday at Miami-Dade County Auditorium), a gender-bending subversion of a classic flamenco trio that is described as “a virtuoso grunge band doing flamenco contact improvisation in a postmodern tablao.” We have no idea what that means, but it sounds awesome. There will also be parties, master classes, and panel discussions, and it all begins at 6 p.m. June 25 with a cocktail party/poetry reading at the recently remodeled Miami Beach Botanical Garden (2000 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach).
Wed., June 25, 6 p.m., 2014

 
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