While theaters and performance halls await the return to the so-called “new normal” every day, initiatives are emerging aimed at entertaining the public without the need to use many resources.
This is the case of the Koubek Center of Miami Dade College, which in its desire to please its most loyal followers, decided to test forces in the virtual world with ¡En casa !, a multidisciplinary event aimed at the whole family that began airing the week passed through Facebook Live and Instagram, and that will run throughout June.
“Our purpose is to continue producing entertaining activities that in turn inspire people in the midst of this crisis caused by the pandemic,” said Mellisa Messulam, general manager of the institution. “To this end, we have created a virtual program aimed at all kinds of audiences, both children and adults, which includes all possible artistic disciplines without losing the essence of our usual live programming.”
Messulam confessed that she was very satisfied with the experiment, not only because of the response from the public in Colombia, Cuba, Guatemala, Venezuela, Mexico and Canada, among other countries where Home is seen! But because of the participation of his team and more than twenty local artists who have collaborated in the project from the beginning.
When referring to the program, the executive highlighted Picnic de libros, a bilingual co-production with the Cuatrogatos Foundation and the support of the Miami Book Fair, aimed at promoting the habit of reading among children.
With a duration of 30 minutes, the activity includes story readings, circus numbers, small plays, music, percussion and crafts (Saturdays, May 30 and June 13 and 27, 11 a.m.).
He also mentioned the series of Mini-concerts, which already had the Venezuelan violinist Daniela Padrón with her fusions of Bach’s music with the joropo, and that she will present the show HolaHi Music, with the duo of Angie and Paul, and her mixes of Dominican meringues with the rhythms of New Orleans (Friday, June 19, 7 pm).
For theater fans, Messulam anticipated that after the success of Antón Chejov’s Petition by the Hand, dramatized readings in Spanish will continue with Harold Pinter’s The Lover, under the direction of Pedro Balmaseda and with performances by Marilyn Romero and Julio Rodríguez (Friday, June 5, 7 pm).
As for the dance, at home! Book hours on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. to the pedagogue Marisol Blanco, who will teach Afro-Cuban dance classes during the month on Instagram. The sessions cover the history of ancestral rhythms and genres closer in time such as son, danzón, mambo, chachachá, pilón, mozambique and casino.
“Despite everything we are going through with the coronavirus crisis, I consider the experience of ¡En casa! It was very pretty, “said Messulam. “Thanks to the inventiveness of our local talent and the support of institutions such as the Cuatrogatos Foundation, the Miami Book Fair and MarGi Happenings we have been able to bring moments of joy to our community.”
Arturo Arias-Polo covers theater, television, popular music and cinema, among other topics related to Miami’s cultural life. He is a graduate of the University of Havana.