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Dancers' Personal COVID-19 Stories Fuel New Work By Dance NOW! Miami

Dance NOW! Miami dancers, with protective masks on, in rehearsal. L to R, Josua Rosado, Julia Faris & Isabelle Luu Li Haas
Allyn GInns Ayers
Dance NOW! Miami dancers, with protective masks on, in rehearsal. L to R, Josua Rosado, Julia Faris & Isabelle Luu Li Haas

The company's new full-length work, "This Moment, Here," will live-stream from the North Beach Bandshell.

If you’re a choreographer, what should the isolation, grief and longing associated with COVID-19 look like on stage?

How do you capture the turbulence of these last 10 months through movement?

For Dance NOW! Miami, the answer is "This Moment, Here."

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That’s the title of the company’s new full-length work, which makes its world premiere Sunday, Jan. 10.

The choreography was built on the personal experiences of the company’s dancers.

DNM dancer and rehearsal director Allyn Ginns Ayers says the new piece also covers other key elements of 2020 — including the social justice protests and demonstrations over the summer.

“One of the most emotional parts that I dance in this piece is a solo called 'Breath,' which is to a poem about how the COVID-19 pandemic and the death of George Floyd sort of related in that moment — the loss of breath,” Ginns Ayers said.



WHAT: Dance NOW! Miami Live-Stream Program I "This Moment, Here"
WHEN: Sunday, Jan.10, 2021 at 7:00 pm
WHERE: On DNM's YouTube channel live from the North Beach Bandshell
ADMISSION: $10 "Virtual Ticket" required for pass to watch live-stream performance.
Tickets can be purchased only online at www.dancenowmiami.org/events/thismomenthere.
FOR MORE INFO: www.dancenowmiami.orgor (305) 975-8489 or info@dancenowmiami.org

This interview is part of “Intermission,” WLRN’s series looking at how South Florida’s arts community is coping during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We’ve also been hearing from people who are NOT artists by trade, but who are tapping into their creative side during COVID isolation.

If you’ve got a story for us, please send an email to talktous@wlrnnews.org, with the word “Intermission” in the subject line.

Christine DiMattei is WLRN's Morning Edition anchor and also reports on Arts & Culture.
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