CHIFLÓN, THE SILENCE OF COAL is a play staged by the Silencio Blanco theatre company which is based on a real Chilean community engaged in mining. It is adapted from the story El Chiflón del Diablo by Chilean writer Baldomero Lilo. The play unfolds as a mining shaft collapses and the plot is presented to the audience without the use of any word of text or dialogue. The plot made the play connect with audiences regardless of race, social status, cultural identity or age. Silencio Blanco is a group of seven puppeteers based in Santiago. Their montage represents human sensations through everyday situations and familiar gestures. They present plays that connect with the audience’s thoughts and opinions and make a mark in their minds.
In the midst of Art Basel’s hectic run of cultural events this past week, the Betsy Hotel in South Beach hosted a thought-provoking salon on Thursday afternoon, deftly touching on the intersection of art and one of the more sensitive social issues of our time.
The salon accompanied the exhibition Rebuilding the City: AKA Black Lives Matter, a creation of Baltimore’s Morgan University Visual Arts Department by the Black Lives Matter Inside Out Group Action Initiative. Organized in 2012 as a visual response to the #BlackLivesMatter movement, which formed following the murder of Trayvon Martin, it provokes a very timely conversation about what it means to be human. Continue reading Salon ‘Rebuilding the City: AKA Black Lives Matter’ Raises Powerful Conversation
Lucky passers-by strolling along Lincoln Road in South Beach Saturday evening found themselves privy to lush blends of song emanating from the open doors of the Miami Beach Community Church. The sanctuary was packed to capacity and resonated with an energy as electric as a small pop show. The free concert, held by the 2015 The Betsy A Cappella Festival (TBAF), served as a final showcase to celebrate the collegiate and professional groups and instructors who all gathered for the weekend’s festivities. In its second year, the festival brings 150 high school singers from around the country to participate in workshops and vocal intensives with professionals from the a cappella industry. Continue reading Harmony in South Beach: The Betsy A Cappella Festival Closes on a High Note