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

Sean Dorsey and Company 'Uncovered: The Diary Project'

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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