Summer Shows for Arsht Center

Fuerza Bruta and The Harder They Come

Lynn Wolfson Stage at the Ziff Ballet Opera House
Extended Through August 2nd!

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts is thrilled to have the Miami premiere of the international hit FUERZA BRUTA, a non-stop collision of dynamic music, jaw-dropping acrobatics, visceral emotion, and kinetic aerial imagery that resembles nothing less than a fantastic mash-up between aerial theater and a late-night dance party.

The Lynn Wolfson Stage inside of the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House has been transformed into an alternate universe with flying dancers, pumping beats, engaging dream sequences and a multidimensional swimming pool above the heads of the audience.

Breaking free from the confines of spoken language and theatrical convention, FUERZA BRUTA is an event where worlds collide and reality takes a back seat. This heart-pounding theatrical experience takes place completely on the Lynn Wolfson stage and begins the moment audiences walk in through the Center’s loading dock (dubbed the “Media Dock”) into the FUERZA BRUTA lounge – a hip urban space alive with heart-pounding club music directed by Miami’s best DJs, multimedia art installations created by local artists, and a signature Barton G. restaurant inspired by the show.

At show time, audiences are ushered onto the main stage where they are engulfed in a 360 degree spectacle featuring mind-blowing visual effects just inches above the audience that must be seen to be believed – a man running full throttle on a giant treadmill, bursting through a series of moving walls; performers suspended in mid-air surrounded by a vast sea of mylar; and gorgeous women twisting ethereally in a lucite pool above the audience. Argentinean creative genius Diqui James, one of the creators of the smash hit show De La Guarda, created the original scenes and magnificent customized staging exclusively for the Miami engagement.

As the performance winds down, the visual and aural party continues in the Fuerza Bruta lounge. The pre- and post-party lounge is open to the general public.

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Carta De Una Desconocida
Carnival Studio Theatre
July 8 – 26

CARTA DE UNA DESCONOCIDA (Letter from a Stranger) Written and directed by Manuel Orjuela C.

A woman pours out her sad story to a stranger, revealing even the tiniest details of her passionate encounters with the man who was the love of her life. Listeners are so moved, they feel as if they were vital characters in this story. In appreciation of all women, of all strangers.

LOS OJOS DEL HERMANO ETERNO, Bogotá, COLOMBIA CARTA DE UNA DESCONOCIDA, escrita y dirigida por Manuel Orjuela C.

Una mujer relata su triste historia a un supuesto desconocido y confiesa hasta el más mínimo detalle de sus encuentros amorosos con el hombre que fue el amor de su vida. El espectador se sentirá tan conmovido que parecerá un personaje vital de esta historia. Un reconocimiento a todas las mujeres, a todos los desconocidos.

International Hispanic Theater Festival
July 15 – 17: BODAS DE SANGRE
July 22 – 26: AIRE FRIO

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Flamenco “Gipsy Fusion”
Knight Concert Hall
July 10 – 12

Flamenco Gipsy Fusion has finally arrived in Miami, for its United States premiere! After an outstanding success all through Europe, Canada and the World with the musical show Don Juan, Chico Castillo, one of the creators of Gipsy Fusion Music, brings us an unforgettable music and dance show that will whisk you around the world with flamenco, Eastern, and gypsy rhythms! The show contains more than 20 world renowned musicians and dancers, such as: Ana Belle Veloso, Joaquin Cortes’ dancer and
singer-songwriter Chico Castillo with his hits “Sarah,” “Djovi Djova,”
and “Un Amor” among many others.

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United States Premiere

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is proud to present, for the first time in the United States, the internationally acclaimed hit musical The Harder They Come, opening August 29 in the John S. and James L. Knight Concert.

Direct from London’s West End, The Harder They Come will offer audiences a peek into the journey of an aspiring reggae star as depicted in the 1972 international breakthrough film that caused a reggae music explosion heard around the world.

Hailed by Time Out as “a real thrill…the band is tight, the clothes are right – it’s a sure-fire smash hit,” The Harder They Come features a cast of 16 Jamaican-born performers and tells the story of young singer Ivanhoe Martin (played by Rolan Bell) as he arrives in Kingston, Jamaica with dreams of becoming a reggae star. A corrupt and drug-fueled music industry drives him into a fast and furious life as Jamaica’s most-wanted outlaw and most-celebrated underground star. Reggae music star and pioneer Jimmy Cliff starred in the ‘70s film of the same title, which catapulted the island’s signature sound into a globally recognized and respected genre, turning Jimmy Cliff and reggae music in general, into an international sensation. “With top-class acting, singing and dancing, [this] superb production faithfully distils not just the movie’s music and characters, but also, somehow its soul” (The Standard).

Accompanied by a killer band of outstanding reggae musicians, the cast performs all the classic songs from the film soundtrack, including “By the Rivers of Babylon,” the title song, and the unforgettable global phenomenon, “You Can Get It If You Really Want.”

The film of The Harder They Come was written, produced and directed by the late Perry Henzell. Perry also wrote the book for the musical, which was originally produced by Theatre Royal Stratford East and UK Arts. The West End production, which comes to Miami is directed by Kerry Michael and Dawn Reid and produced by Jan Ryan and Robert Fox.

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