Wednesday, June 18, 2008


Miami Based Choreographer Awarded 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship in Choreography

Brazilian choreographer Augusto Soledade has been awarded the 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship in choreography in the Latin American Caribbean category through the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation fellowship program.

Augusto Soledade is the Artistic Director of Brazz Dance Theater, a Miami based dance company that blends Afro-Brazilian and contemporary dance, and an Assistant Professor in Dance at Florida International University also in Miami. The fellowship represents a prestigious acknowledgment of Mr. Soledade’s artistic accomplishments in choreography and an important support for his next choreographic project Dreaming Amazonia.

Dreaming Amazonia is a new choreographic project conceived and choreographed by Augusto Soledade. This new work will investigate the current state of the Amazon forest in Brazil in order to understand it as a natural living environment for indigenous communities, and to juxtapose it to the natural living environment for city dwellers. Dreaming Amazonia will draw on the specific characteristics of these particular settings to create theatrical tension and imagery that will invite viewers to establish personal relationships and associations with the choreography. The main objective of this new work is not to establish a judgmental analysis, but to represent through dance complex and universal realities in the urban versus rural dichotomy. In particular, the work will focus on our relationship with various living environments, and the potential to transform ourselves and our surroundings as a result of our interaction with the world. Dreaming Amazonia will gather artists of various art forms and backgrounds. In Music, Cuban-American composer Orlando Garcia will create the original score to accompany the choreography. Jacek Kolasinski is the video artist, from Poland, who will make contributions to the project creating an installation at the performance site that audience members can interact with before and after the show, and that echoes the strong transformation element present in the choreography. Additionally, Dreaming Amazonia is currently being considered for commission through the Miami Made Program by the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County. The premiere of Dreaming Amazonia is scheduled for April 2009.
Other organizations that have committed funds for this project are the Funding Arts Network through the 2008 Community Arts Group Grant, and the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs through the Cultural Support Grant.

For more information about Guggenheim Fellowships, click here.

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