Miami Could Be the Next Great Cabaret City, With Help From the Knight Arts Challenge

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Circ X was one of 49 lucky winners of the Knight Arts Challenge, announced on Dec. 3. But Miami should also be considered as a winner. Thanks to the challenge that funds projects of our deserving local artists, Miami will now have its very own permanent resident cabaret.

Circ X -- a theatrical circus and production company that combines corporal mime, contemporary dance, circus arts, and burlesque -- and the Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater were awarded $50,000 to transform the greenroom at the Gleason into a permanent space for regular performances.

Diana Lozano, Circ X performance artist, director, and designer, is at the forefront of the cabaret scene in Miami. One, she says, that is free of "striptease or meaningless chair dance choreographies."

From the very beginning, Lozano wanted to stay true to the artistry that is real burlesque. "A more authentic example of modern day burlesque would best be demonstrated by the animations of South Park or " the mock news of The Daily Show. Not so much a girl simply taking off her clothes. There needs to be some sort of twist. This is what I am interested in," says Lozano.

In 2002, she founded the theatrical circus and production company. As a designer, she has created thousands of costumes and characters for national tours and local productions.

It's been a long yet rewarding way up ever since for Lozano and her team, which features a wide range of Miami performance artists and visionaries.

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Diana Lozano, Cric X founder and director receives a 2013 Knight Arts Grant from Knight Foundation President Alberto Ibarguen, left, and Matt Haggman, program director/Miami, right
Through the Miami Light Project in 2008, Lozano was able to choreograph an original work for the Here and Now Festival at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. Then in 2009, Circ X was featured on the Travel Channel for directing and producing Miami's longest running modern cabaret. Most recently, Lozano produced a three-hour spectacular at the Fillmore at the Jackie Gleason Theater in celebration of the company's 10 year anniversary.

For the past decade, Circ X has produced cabaret style productions at a variety of venues throughout South Florida. As they approached their 10 year anniversary, Lozano wanted to celebrate on a grander scale by producing a burlesque/cabaret show at an actual theater, so she approached Brandon Barry, the General Manger at the Fillmore about the possibility. Barry had the same vision as Lozano for the greenroom at the back of the Gleason.

However, this wasn't the first time Lozano had applied for the Knights Art Challenge. She applied last year with a similar concept, and although she did not make it past the first round, she remained undeterred. She launched a Kickstarter campaign to create one show at the space and with the help of the funds she raised, she was able to expand her cast to 30 performers and a production that was three hours long. The production had grown so large that they had to perform on the Main Stage of the Fillmore instead of the back as they had originally intended. That night, it was a packed house.

"I knew then that Miami was ready and hungry for this type of entertainment," says Lozano. "With this experience under my belt, I applied to the Knights Art Challenge the following year and this time I was a winner. In retrospect, I am really happy it turned out this way, as I now feel truly ready to tackle this next challenge."


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15 comments
nataliapanetta
nataliapanetta

I am proud to say that I have the pleasure of knowing these incredible individuals and I am super blessed to have been able to work with them during ART BASEL 2013 and cannot wait to see what the future holds for them !!! Much love and Respect !! <3

natasha88
natasha88

Honored to be part of the Circ X family since its inception. What an incredible journey it has been. Looking forward to our residency at The Fillmore. Watch out for some serious madness! Thank you New Times for the great article, and Diana Lozano for creating a place where we can freely express our madness, and the Beautiful Bizarre.

wolfenstein
wolfenstein

Another one of Miami's trophies! This is exactly what I wanted to see. Congratulations to the whole Circ X team. It's gonna be an AWESOME new year!

Eddy Earthtone Blak
Eddy Earthtone Blak

Page hasn't been updated in while but you can still get a somewhat general idea.. We have photos of every event so far. Been on a break from the event productions but am planning a comeback.

Cynosure Andrew-Lozano
Cynosure Andrew-Lozano

Eddy Earthtone Blak thanks mate...checking out your page now...perhaps we can collaborate in the near future...anyway to further the interest of the community and Miami is a good thing...thanks my friend!!

hotpinksound
hotpinksound

This is amazing congrats to the circ x crew!!!!

Zack Kelly
Zack Kelly

Every time I move away.. something incredible happens in MIA!!

jp.marston
jp.marston

Miami is in for a treat! Congrats Diana. Can't wait to see the show. :-)

Eddy Earthtone Blak
Eddy Earthtone Blak

Dude. Myself and a few other artist/groups have been trying to get the Miami underground art community exposed since 2010, it's so damn hard because this city is showcased as a consumer haven! (fuck SoBe) The trick is to build an even BIGGER community, not just uniting certain clicks, but EVERYONE to create an extravaganza. But $$$ and ego are our worst enemies in this city, too many ppl want to just do what THEY want to do and nobody wants to work together. Check out my company page, friend. "PsychevisioN Productions". We put together unique event experiences showcasing what we feel is the real talent of the local community. Hopefully they will continue growing. Who knows maybe we can collaborate with some others on a future event and show this city where the real innovative and hard working artist are. Not that hipster south beach Basel crap...

Cynosure Andrew-Lozano
Cynosure Andrew-Lozano

Well said Eddy Earthtone Blak! This is real culture, this is real Art...reflecting the interests of the public at hand and instigating a space for REAL performers to showcase their talent...let's do ALL WE CAN to make sure that Miami is recognised as a thriving community of Artists and Performers!!!!! WE'RE COMING!!!!

Eddy Earthtone Blak
Eddy Earthtone Blak

There you go, NewTimes! I know, these articles might not get as many "likes" as some stupid consumer article about Cyrus's bra size, but this right here is what we need! this article is not only supporting the local community (which is something this city lacks, community) but it also keeps you guys in the "real" spectrum. Keep it real guys.. Fuck the celebrity gossip, that's for the sheep

Diana Andrew-Lozano
Diana Andrew-Lozano

WOW!! This is going to be an Incredible New Year Indeed!! Miami ... get ready ;)

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