Big surprises in store for Miami’s sixth annual festival
Out in the Tropics, Tuesday May 5 through Saturday May 9, is Miami’s sole festival dedicated to showcasing LGBT performance artists. This year’s selections will highlight films and performances that confront the social challenges the artist faces as an LGBT individual.
Ever Chavez is the Founder and Executive Director of FUNDarte, sponsor of the event. He has 20 years’ experience producing and promoting music, theater, and fine art special events in Cuba, Europe, and the U.S.
Chavez says each artist was chosen for their avant garde, experimental style, coupled with reflective and sometimes challenging approach when discussing issues such as sexuality, identity, racism or homophobia within themselves and their communities.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS/PERFORMANCES YOU’LL SEE:
Storyteller, screenwriter, playwright and photographer Chely Lima will read poetry from his latest collection, “Urano purpura,” focusing on trans sexuality as a bisexual, transgender male. Lima has written 29 novels and books of poetry over the last 30 years, spanning the genres of erotica, fantasy, humor, and realism.
Singer, songwriter and pianist M Lamar will present “Surveillance Punishment” and the “Black Psyche,” a multimedia, music theater piece centered on the subjects of surveillance, violation, sexualizing, objectification and treatment of the black male body.
Lamar’s work examines the archetypes and imagery of the plantation overseer, the NBA, police executions of unarmed black men, layered through live and prerecorded video feeds. Through this lens, the piece explores the themes of interracial desire within our culture over time. The music and text for the piece was written by Lamar along with additional text by Tucker Culbertson and art design and live video by Sabin Calvert.
“Surveillance Punishment” and the “Black Psyche” will play Friday, May 8 at 8:30 p.m. at the Gleason Room Backstage at the Filmore Miami Beach, 1700 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach. Tickets are $25 general admission and $20 for Students and Senior. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster at ticketmaster.com or by calling 800 745 3000. For more information, call the Jackie Gleason Theatre box office at 305 673 7300.
GLAAD award-winning comic Marga Gomez will perform her tenth solo play “Lovebirds.” Gomez’ play follows a gamut of characters romping through Greenwich Village throughout the decades, in their fumbling pursuits of love and relationships.
Gomez portrays a cast of characters including Orestes, a macho matire d’, and the married object of his affection – a tone deaf singer. Gomez also plays Orestes’ daughter – who dates the captain of the women’s football team – and Polaroid Phillie, “a nightclub photographer and fixture at gay bars, Spanish restaurants, street corners and wherever sparks fly.”
Gomez’s performance is the first half of a double billing on Saturday May 9, at 8 p.m. at The Colony Theater, 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach. Following Lovebirds will be a performance of JARMAN (All this Maddening Beauty) Tickets are $30 for general admission for the 2 performances, or $20 each performance with $5 discounts for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased through www.ColonyTheatreMiamiBeach.com or by phone at 305 434 7091.
John Moletress, of Washington D.C. theatre company force/collision, will perform JARMAN (All this Maddening Beauty) a live performance and video mash up inspired by mind, time, works and aesthetic of queer artist, activist and film maker Derek Jarman. Text for JARMAN was written by OBIE playwright Caridad Svich.
JARMAN is the second half of a double billing on Saturday May 9, at 9:30 p.m. at The Colony Theater, 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach. Following Lovebirds. Tickets are $30 for general admission for the 2 performances, or $20 each performance with $5 discounts for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased through www.colonytheatremiamibeach.com or by phone at 305 434 7091.
For fans of his work, Jarman’s classic film “Caravaggio,” a fictionalized account of the baroque painter’s life, will be screened on Thursday May 7 at 9:00 p.m. at O Cinema Miami Beach, 500 71 Street, Miami Beach. General admission Tickets are $11, $9.50 for seniors, and $7.50 for members. Tickets are available online www.o-cinema.org/venue/o-cinema-miami-beach. For more information call 786 207 1919.
REACHING OUT TO ALL INDIVIDUALS
Gay himself, Chavez emphasizes that Out in the Tropics is inclusive and integrated beyond the LGBT community as well. The event welcomes any visitors or artists whose work touches upon important social themes and would like to broaden the scope of artists and the audience.
“Artists are communicators,” Chavez says “not just for the gay community but for our community as a whole.”
Out in the Tropics will kick off Tuesday with a free open panel discussion with the OITT featured artists alongside local LGBT artists and activists. The panel will give participants an opportunity to get up close and personal with the visiting artists, and a more intimate forum to discuss new ways of exploring and communicating the LGBT experience through art, intercultural exchange and community engagement.
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