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Rosie the Riveter

It’s Rosie Herrera’s party this weekend, and you can cry if you want to. The 27-year-old choreographer will return to her hometown to show off two make-you-laugh, make-you-bawl works that made her a star last summer at the American Dance Festival, where she shared the bill with the most important dance companies in the nation to critical acclaim. Miami audiences have watched her work progress over the past few years. Now it’s time to celebrate Herrera’s full-fledged accomplishments. Showgirl, b-girl, cabaret vamp, opera singer, and New World School of the Arts grad, she captures Miami’s grit and glitz like no one else. Various Stages of Drowning: a Cabaret dives into unconscious desires, including a take on Titanic you’ll never forget. “Pity Party” explores the pain behind the glittering smiles of drag queens, divas, and disco queens as birthday cakes turn into sinkholes and piñata bats become deadly weapons. Each of her cast of ten outsize personalities — including local favorites Octavio Campos, Rudi Goblen, and Ana Mendez — takes turns upstaging each other in a club-world-turned-concert-dance spectacle that only Miami could produce.
Jan. 28-30, 7:30 p.m., 2011


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