Arsht Center Announces 10 New Commissions To Celebrate 10th Anniversary

Feb 25, 2015

Robert Battle talks about his new piece commissioned by the Adrienne Arsht Center.
Credit Nadege Green / WLRN

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts is commissioning 10 new pieces to celebrate a decade in downtown Miami.

The commissions, dubbed 10@10, will all be performed in 2016. They include a dance piece choreographed by Miami native and Alvin Ailey dance director Robert Battle.

Battle attended a press conference Tuesday at the Arsht Center and talked about his dance, “The Attention of Souls,” which will debut March 2016.

“The creative force is very healing, so I’m thinking a lot about that in this dance,” he said. “At the end, it will be hopeful, but my name is battle so it has to have one.”

"Attention of Souls" will be the first piece Battle creates on the Alvin Ailey Dance Company since becoming director four years ago.

The nine other commissions are:

  • A new musical piece composed by famed Israeli-born composer Avner Dorma. The work, inspired by Miami’s music scene, will celebrate diversity.
  • Founder of the international Flamenco Festival Miguel Marin will present a tablao, an intimate showing of flamenco performance.    
  • A new concert from the Arsht Center’s signature series, Jazz Roots, produced by Larry Rosen.
  • Haitian dance company Ayikodans will premiere a piece inspired by the company's close relationship with the Arsht Center following the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
  • The House Theater of Chicago will present  “Hammer Trinity,” a trilogy of plays inspired by the mythology of King Arthur.
  • The Arsht Center will team up with a world-renowned artist through its Knight Masterworks Print Collection for a limited edition print that will be showcased at the center and available for public purchase.
  • A new theatrical performance for Miami-Dade County Public School students will highlight American history. The show will be free to all seventh grade students.