Corporeal Decorum, an Art Deco-inspired dance piece by Liony Garcia, this week at Miami Theater Center

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Miami Light Project is delighted to present Corporeal Decorum, an Art Deco-inspired dance piece choreographed by Liony Garcia with visually stunning scenic projections by True Harrigan at Miami Theater Center on April 7, 8, 9, 2022.

Commissioned by Miami Light Project, Miami-based choreographer and dancer Liony Garcia’s latest dance work, Corporeal Decorum, is an imaginative interpretation of Art Deco design. Masterfully blending dance, sculpture, and video projection, the performance memorializes important elements of Miami Beach’s Deco Architecture; it documents and preserves Miami’s iconic architecture through its movement and scenery.

Where: Miami Theater Center
9806 NE 2nd Ave,
Miami Shores, FL 33138

When : April 7, 8, 9 at 8:00 pm.

More on the piece:

“Corporeal Decorum” is a multidisciplinary performance piece and investigation into the cultural erasure of Miami’s Art Deco District. The piece memorializes important features of the city’s surviving deco architecture; it concretizes elements in both scenography and the body itself. Drawing inspiration from earlier examples of architectural preservation in Miami Beach, the choreography reinterprets Miami’s urban and material past as a contemporary embodied form. The work deals with themes of loss, duality, and the ephemeral.

Reconstructing the past, Corporeal Decorum invites the viewer into a world where the factual and the imaginary overlap. Architectural remnants are unearthed, their fragments translated and made visible through the expression of the body. In a series of tracing decorative patterns, the space is embroidered by the dancer’s arms, their body curling gracefully through alternately floral and geometric nodes, exemplifying the robust vitality of nature and in turn its geometric abstraction.

The scenery contrasts the built environment with the ephemeral temperament of nature. Architectural facades are deconstructed and redesigned as modular set pieces, which the dancer reconfigures throughout the performance. They serve to recall vanished architectural layouts. Acrylic sculptures by projection artist True Harrigan act as prisms of refracted light that illuminate the stage. The scenery is animated by video projections which visually transpose defining features of Art Deco ornamentation, motifs, and color.

Corporeal Decorum is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation & Development Fund Project co-commissioned by Miami Light Project, The Ringling and NPN. This performance is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

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