Cultural Forum

About Miami Light Project

Our Mission

Founded in 1989, Miami Light Project is a not-for-profit cultural organization which presents live performances by innovative dance, music and theater artists from around the world; supports the development of new work by South Florida-based artists; and offers educational programs for students of every age.
Since our inception, we have reached a diverse cross-section of communities throughout Miami-Dade County with an extensive outreach effort that includes partnerships with other arts organizations, universities and social service agencies. Miami Light Project is a cultural forum to explore some of the issues that define contemporary society.

Our Programs

Since 1989, we have grown to encompass these primary programs:
Contemporary Performance Series through which we have brought more than 300 of today”s leading performance innovators to Miami.
Here and Now through which we annually commission and present the work of Miami-based performance and media artists.
Light Box Studio nurtures the professional development of South-Florida based artists; cultivates new audiences for contemporary performance and provides a home for two resident theater companies.
Commissioning New Works which has resulted in 5 acclaimed performance pieces; Radio Mambo, Drummin”, UnderEden, NE 2nd Avenue, and Scratch & Burn. These new works have contributed to the development of Miami as a major cultural center of international importance.
Light Box/Out of the Box educational programming and community outreach activities that provide opportunities for South Florida artists; an infrastructure for positive youth development; and the development of new audiences reflecting our diverse city.
Miami/ Project Hip Hop (M/PH), a forum for cultural exchange designed to educate audiences and celebrate the Hip Hop movement by exploring the social and cultural influences that have contributed to its development worldwide.
Art on the Walls @ the Light Box, which provides an opportunity for visual artists to have work presented in the context of an alternative space and annually gives a South Florida-based curator the opportunity to creatively bring the work of both emerging and established visual artists to our Biscayne Boulevard location.

Performance History

2008-2009: Marga Gomez “Long Island Iced Latina”; Global Cuba Fest featuring Albita, Alex Cuba, Yosvany Terry; Here & Now: 2009 featuring Rosie Herrera, Jennylin Duany & Elizabeth Doud, Alexey Puig Taran; Sonny Rollins; Ros Warby; Daniel Bernard Roumian & The Mission featuring Emeline Michel
2007-2008: Miami Project Hip Hop featuring Universes, Byron Hurt, Rudi Goblen, Nicole Klaymoon; Kristina Wong; Global Cuba Fest featuring Overproof, Gema y Pavel, Dafnis Prieto, Artevivo, Tiempo Libre, Los Herederos; Here & Now: 2008 featuring Ileigh Reynolds, Joanne Barrett, Teresa Barcelo, Diana Lozano; Rha Goddess
2006-2007: Natasha Tsakos’ “UPWake”; Vincent Mantsoe, Here & Now: 2007 featuring Lucia Aratanha, Octavio Campos and Jojo Corväiá.; Giovanni Luquini’s “Idalina”; Emio Greco PC
2005 – 2006: Will Power “Flow”, Here & Now: 2006-Rudi Goblen, Clifton Childree, Kisandro Perez-Rey, Nikki Rollason, Paul Tei, Natasha Tsakos, Sonny Rollins, STREB “Wild Blue Yonder” Ethel, MPH 2006- Rha Goddes, Diamela Fernandez, Jamiah Adams, sumthin else, Kamilah Forbes, Toni Blackman, Soulflower, Deborah Magdalena, Ariel Fernandez, DJ Snowhite, Saddi Khali, Giovanni Luquini, Teo Castellanos D-Projects, Rokafella, Vendetta, Candy Molia, Tricia “Soulstice” Castillo, Beta Langebeck, Aiko Shirakawa
2004 – 2005: Laurie Anderson “The End of the Moon”, Beethova Obas, Rinko Gun Theatre Company “Yaneura”, Here & Now: 2005 Performance: Joanne Barrett, Octavio Campos, Ico Manzanero, Natasha Tsakos Film: Lisandro Pérez-Rey, D-Projects “Scratch & Burn”, Miami/Project Hip Hop: Teo Castellanos, Anita “Rokafella” Garcia, Will Power, Fernando Lee, Giovanni Luquini, Ron “Zen One” Wood
2003 – 2004: Cie Felix Ruckert In Deluxe Joy Pilot, Ros Warby In Solos, Here & Now: 2004/Performance: Nancy Garcia, Alonso Menendez, Rafael Roig, Natasha Tsakos. Film:David Cirone, Nathan Rausch, Silvina Soto, Rennie Harris” Facing Mekka, Miami Hip Hop Exchange/Miami, Boston, Philadelphia, Oakland, Mexico City: Evil Tracy, Mr. Cisum, DJ Ghetto, DJ NoPhrillz, DJ Snowhite, Mecca aka Grimo, atripthroughthemind, Angelamia Bachemin”s Jazz Hip Hop Orchestra from the Berklee College of Music, Cristina Veran, Marineves Alba, Favianna Rodriguez, Cristina Verán, Benjamín González Perez, BocaFloja, JR, Magisterio Teo Castellanos, Richard “Speedy Legs” Fernandez: Come Out Laughing/ Reno, Jessica Kirson, Tim Miller.
2002 – 2003: Plena Libre/Puerto Rico, Dan Zanes/New York, Salia ni Seydou/Burkina Faso, Here & Now: 2003, Helena Thevenot, Richard Brookens, Sandra Ika Paba , Gustavo Matamoros, Nathan Rausch, Kevin Sharpley, Gilda Pianelli & Chasta Natour, Lily Blanco & Maria Bures/Miami, Lucy Guerin Company/Australia, International Hip Hop Exchange/New York, Philadelphia & Havana, Cuba, Rennie Harris, dead prez, Obsesion, Doble Filo, Danny Hoch, Clyde Valentin, La Bruja, Raquel Rivera, Marineves Alba
2001 – 2002: Companhia Paulo Ribeiro, Portugal, Los Fakires, Cuba, Teo Castellanos in NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, Here & Now:2002, Meredith Monk, Mercy, New York, Los Munequitos de Matanzas, Cuba, Laurie Anderson, New York.
2000 – 2001: Nina Simone, Paris, World Premier of Heidi Duckler”s UnderEden/Los Angeles & Miami, Here & Now: 2001, Miami: Miana Grafals with Dale, Andree, Shirley Julien with Karelle Font-Levy, Lela Lombardo, Ricky J. Martinez, Gustavo Matamoros, Helena Thevenot, Pat Graney Dance Company, Seattle, Rennie Harris Puremovement, Philadelphia, Philip Glass & Foday Musa Suso, New York & West Africa, Grupo Vocal Desdandann, Cuba.
1999 – 2000: WOFA/Guinea, West Africa, Dance KumikoKimoto/ New York, SITI/Saratoga International Theater Institute”s Cabin Pressure/New York, Here & Now: A Festival of Contemporary Performance with Andrew Yeomanson, Teo Castellanos, Ricky J. Martinez, Mike Maria, Rafael Roig, Joanne Barrett/Miami, Danny Hoch/New York, Sonny Rollins/New York.
1998 – 1999: Radio Tarifa/Spain, Holy Body Tattoo/Vancouver, Canada, Robert Wilson & Philip Glass”, Monsters of Grace/New York, Keith Antar Mason & The Hittite Empire/Los Angeles, STREB/New York, Cassandra Wilson/New York, Here & Now: A Festival of Contemporary Performance with Octavio Campos, Giovanni Luquini, Helena Thevenot, Mike Maria, Adrian Castro/Miami.
1997 – 1998: World Premiere of Tania Leon”s Drummin”/New York & Miami, Shawn McConneloug/Minneapolis and David Hernandez/Brussels, Mark Pinkosh/Los Angeles, Grand Hotel des Etrangers/Montreal, Recombinant Music Lounge/San Francisco, NY, Vienna, Miami, Desrosiers Dance Theatre/Toronto.
1996 – 1997: Danny Hoch/New York, Ann Carlson/Los Angeles and Dance Alloy/Pittsburgh, Don Byron Plays the Music of Mickey Katz/New York, School”s Out: The Naming Project/New York & Miami, Marianne Faithfull/Dublin, Molissa Fenley & Peter Boal/New York.
1995 – 1996: Roger Guenveur Smith/Los Angeles, Keith Jarrett/New York, Wim Vandekeybus/Ultima Vez/Brussels, Arthur Aviles/Lance Gries/Yvonne Meier/New York, Marga Gomez/New York, Conjunto Cespedes/San Francisco.
1994 – 1995: World premiere of Radio Mambo by Culture Clash/Los Angeles: Diamanda Galas/New York, Eric Bogosian/New York, Mor Thiam and Drums of Fire/Senegal, Sean Curran/Amy Pivar/Pat Hoffbauer/New York, Elizabeth Streb/New York.
1993 – 1994: Pomo Afro Homos/San Francisco, Stewart Copeland – The Rhythmatists/Drummers from Africa, Brazil, and North America, The Pat Graney Company/Seattle, Spalding Gray/New York, Ghettoriginal Productions Dance Company/New York, The Red Clay Ramblers/Chapel Hill, N.C..
1992 – 1993: Sweet Honey in the Rock/Washington, D.C., Kronos Quartet/San Francisco. Liz Lerman Dance Exchange/Washington, D.C., Denise Stoklos/Brazil, Demetrius Klein/Lake Worth, Molissa Fenley/New York.
1991 – 1992: Culture Clash/Los Angeles, John O”Keefe/San Francisco, Laurie Anderson/New York, Ladygourd Sangoma/New York &, Anna/Pierre/Miami, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane & Co./New York, Jazz Passengers/New York.
1990 – 1991: Trisha Brown Dance Company/New York, Spider Martin and his NBS Jazz Band/Miami, Spalding Gray/New York, Dave Rudder with the Islander Band/Trinidad, Llory Wilson and Dancers/Seattle, Microscopic Septet with the Genesis Gospel Ensemble/New York & Broward, Miami on Tap featuring Honi Coles, Savion Glover, LaVaughn Robinson, Brenda Bufalino, Pat Hall-Smith and Marshall Davis, Jr.
1989 – 1990: Randy Warshaw Dance Company/New York, Steven Krieckhaus/Philadelphia, Ballet Flamenco La Rosa/Miami, Eiko & Koma/New York.

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