Out in the Tropics fest presents poetry, dance and postmodern flamenco


Out in the Tropics returns with packed itinerary of works and performances by LGBTQ artists.

Sean Dorsey and Company 'Uncovered: The Diary Project'

By Steve Rothaus | srothaus@Miamiherald.com

The fifth annual Out in the Tropics festival presents a slate of artistically and socially daring, boundary-breaking programming by LGBTQ artists. The festival kicks off at 6 p.m. June 25 with a free poetry reading in English and Spanish by Miami poets Neil de la Flor and Carlos Pintado, who will also host an interactive discussion in a salon-style setting at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Dr. It will be followed at 7 p.m. June 26 by a free panel discussion and informal reception with the festival’s artists at the Miami Beach LGBT Visitors’ Center, 1130 Washington Ave. RSVP for admission to each event at info@fundarte.us.

San Francisco-based dance troupe Sean Dorsey and Company return June 27 in Uncovered: The Diary Project, which uses the diaries of gay and transgender people as the basis for a story-telling and dance performance. That event is at 8:30 p.m. at the Colony Theatre, 1040 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach.

Out in the Tropics’ final event is a cross-cultural, postmodern flamenco show, ToCaBa, by choreographer, dancer and flamenco scholar Juan Carlos Lerida and collaborators Raul Cantizano and Niño de Elche. The title is a pun on the word tocaba (Spanish for “played” or “touched”), with the three syllables standing for the traditional flamenco roles of guitarist (tocar), singer (cantar) and dancer (bailar); ToCaBa will experiment with traditional concepts of male, female and flamenco behavior. It takes place at 8:30 p.m. June 28 and 7 p.m. June 29 at the at On.Stage Black.Box Theater at Miami-Dade County Auditorium, 2901 W. Flagler St., Miami.

Lerida and his collaborators and the Dorsey troupe will each teach master classes, free with an RSVP to info@fund arte.us. Tickets for Sean Dorsey are $25, ($20 for students and seniors); call 305-434-7091 or visit www.colonytheatremiami beach.com. Tickets for ToCaBa are $30 ($25 for students and seniors, $50 VIP); call 800-745-3000 or visit www.ticketmaster.com. For complete schedule and information on Out in the Tropics visit www.fundarte.us.

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