98. Rosie Herrera
98. Rosie Herrera
It's as difficult to classify choreographer and dancer Rosie Herrera as it is to type-cast Miami itself. Her performances involve Drag queens, hip hop dancers and b-boys, Latin dance, gay love, pop culture references, and dark humor. In 2009, Herrera completed a six-week residency at Duke's American Dance Festival where she staged Various Stages of Drowning: A Cabaret. It explores the emotions of metaphorical drowning through underwater film projections, while mocking of Celine Dion's Titanic mega-hit via a tower of birthday cakes and dancers that cross sexual and cultural boundaries. Recently, she was re-invited by ADF to present Pity Party, a performance which celebrates grief and is performed in front of a glittering curtain.
|Courtesy of Rosie Herrera|
|Film projection from Various Stages of Drowning: A Cabaret|
1. List five things that inspire you.
-Dreams or "little secrets"
-Absurdity of social norms and behaviors
A three-week research residency at FSU's Maggie Allessee Center for Choreographic Studies (MANCC) at Florida State University -- where I researched and developed a new work, Dining Alone, and continued to develop Pity Party.
3. What's your next big project?
In January, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts will be presenting my company in the Black Box theater. The program will consist of Various Stages of Drowning: A Cabaret, Pity Party, and possibly an excerpt from a new work which is set to premiere at the ADF this summer.
4. Why do you do what you do?
I feel like I have no choice. It's the only thing that makes sense to me.
5. What's something you want Miami to know about you?
I am Hialeah-raised.
What's something you don't want Miami to know about you?
Ha! Like I'm gonna tell you!
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