Performance artist Octavio Campos was one busy guy Saturday night. First, he was front and center as master of ceremonies of Tigertail Production’s annual fundraiser in Miami. Then, as that event was wrapping up, he slipped out to join the party at Miami Light Project’s celebration in their new home in Wynwood.
First up, Tigertail. At 31 years old, Tigertail remains fresh and young under Executive Director Mary Luft’s leadership, and “Bold Direction’s,” the latest in Luft’s legendary parties, did not disappoint. Under her planning, the Miami-Dade County Auditorium was transformed into a welcoming performance space, and a spotlight used to create the “Circle of Light,” into which Campos beckoned both cast members and audience to enter into and perform.
Unforgettable moments included Miami Contemporary Dance Company’s Ray Sullivan’s sensuous tango with Luis Vivas; Soprano Amy Ione Alvarado’s ascent from the orchestra pit, singing, and performance artist David Rohn’s powder bewigged butler, announcing the guests as they arrived. They obtaining their personas written on slips of paper at the door, and from Elvis Presley to Katherine Hepburn was present. Even Mao Tse-tung was in the house!
Other favorites included dancer Ana Mendez, pianist Ruth Greenfield with singer Celeste Fraser Delgado, Piano Bob, Saxophonist Matthew Taylor, Lisa Beal, Clifton Childree, Jim Mullin, Katherine Kramer, Helena Alonso, Afua Hall, Heather Maloney, Bill Spring, Anya Talbot, and the list went on.
Meanwhile, over in Wynwood, Miami Light Project’s soiree was in full swing, with Rosie Herrera directing her eponymous dance troupe in a reprise of a performance, which was originally commissioned by that arts organization and later performed to sold-out audiences at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. And among those energetic dancers were Campos and Mendez, giving no sign they had already spent the night on stage. Festivities also included spectacular break dancing by Rudi Goblen, David Cage, Alfredo Lego Sotelo, and Charlie Chizo. Also on hand was drag entertainer Shanaya Bright, and a DJ spinning tunes, so the celebration of Miami Light Project’s new home in the Light Box at the Goldman Warehouse in Wynwood continued well into the night.
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Words © Charlotte Libov, Photo by Henry Perez
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