Update: On Dec. 3, 2018, Knight Foundation announced the inaugural Knight New Work Miami winners, who will create ground-breaking works of performance art to premiere in the 2020-21 season.
The five winners of Knight New Work will share in $500,000 to create bold works of music, theater or dance that showcase Miami as a place where art is born. Launched in June 2018, the inaugural initiative asked artists with strong connections to Miami, including choreographers, playwrights and composers, to bring fresh ideas to the stage in partnership with presenting performing arts organizations.
The ideas embody Miami’s diverse context and the caliber of its performing arts talent, from a theater production that highlights the Haitian-immigrant experience to a nontraditional ballet that blends Latin salsa, tango and flamenco. Other ideas embrace immersive theater; Afropunk aesthetics; and modern-classical fusions of song and dance. The productions will premiere as part of the Knight New Work Miami 2020-2021 season (September-May). A full list of winning ideas is below.
Danzas del Silencio – $50,000
Artist: Alvaro Bermudez, guitarist and composer
Presenter: Seraphic Fire, in partnership with New World Center
A compelling, innovative choral and guitar collaboration between Grammy-nominated ensemble Seraphic Fire and guitarist Alvaro Bermudez that will blend Colombian dance rhythms with Bach’s orchestral structure.
DECO “Danzon of Eclectic Cultural Origin” – $80,000
Artist: Kevin Jenkins, choreographer
Presenter: Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami
A nontraditional ballet inspired by Miami’s unique identity and the city's Latin energy, blending the flavors of salsa, tango, flamenco and contemporary ballet technique. The production incorporates original scenic work by Edouard Duval-Carrié and costumes by Andrea Spiridonakos.
F/Punk Junkies – $115,000
Artist: Teo Castellanos, actor, writer and director
Presenter: Miami Light Project
A dance theater experience that will disrupt traditional ways of both creating and experiencing art, incorporating Afropunk aesthetics, improvisation and both live and recorded music. The production is a collaboration with choreographer Augusto Soledade and Miami saxophonist Leo Casino.
G7: 2070: An Immersive Theatrical Summit – $75,000
Artist: William Hector, playwright
An immersive theatrical summit set in a flooded Miami 50 years from now that invites participants to join the delegations of countries old and new as they take part in negotiations to determine the fate of the world. The production will unite audience and actors, redefining traditional spaces as ripe ground for engaging, interactive storytelling.
The Edwidge Danticat Project: Create Dangerously – $150,000
Artist: Lileana Blain-Cruz, theater director, in partnership with Miami New Drama
A theatrical dramatization of novelist and Little Haiti resident Edwidge Danticat’s “Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work” that amplifies the Haitian-immigrant perspective. The production will bring Danticat’s stories onto the stage, with music, projections and movement.
Promotion of the Knight New Work Miami 2020-21 Season – $30,000
Support for promotion and marketing of these exciting works when they premiere.