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"Classical Music Meets Contemporary Dance"Classical Music Meets

The performances will take place on Friday, May 12th at 4 and 8pm and Sunday, May 13th at 4 at the New World School of the Arts Theatre, 25 NE 2nd Avenue, 8th floor downtown Miami.

Excerpts from classical sections will be played by Miami favorites Orlando Forte, Miriam Stern (violins), Viera Borisova (violist) and Ashley Garritson (cellist). Sections from Tchaikovsky, Edvard Grieg, Astor Piazzola, JS Bach and Benjamin Britten will be played live as a backdrop for the KPD Dancers in action.

Two new works will be presented by choreographer Karen Peterson;
In “Empty Rooms, Open Window” six dancers manipulate four panels of fabric that move in perpetual motion from line that is strung six feet off the stage floor. The work is a memoriam to Ms Peterson’s father; the fabric; the delicacy of life and the rope the ultimate and difficult journey to death. Dance Artists Include: Jennifer Smallwood, Jenny Larsson, Lina Ferrera, Marianna Oliveros, Katrina Weaver and Shawn Buller.

“Potpourri” features the musicians and dance artists on stage where they exchange roles and mix up expectation. Dancers play instruments and musicians dance the dance. Audiences members are expected to waltz at the end of each performance!!

"'Perfume de Gardenias' features a wheel chaired dancer, all innovative and accessible"-The Scottish Newspaper Daily Dance Reviews

"... an engaging blend of synchronicity and spontaneity"-The Miami Herald

“Mano a Mano is a tour de force, offering a more a more exquisite and inquisitive look at mixed ability dance”….. “innovative and meaningful”-Mia Leonin, Performance Journalism

"Karen Peterson and Dancers is redefining dance"-Joanne Green, Miami New Times

"this is a most interesting dance company and one that should attract attention of dance lovers; in the future buy a ticket", Marj O'Neil Butler for Miami ArtZine Magazine

"Buoyant Dreams was beautiful. It brought the concert up to a new level. Please tell your dancers how much they were admired"-Anna Preston, VSA Regional Coordinator for the Lyric Theatre, Stuart, Florida

"unconventional concepts of beauty, using two traditional dancers and two in wheelchairs
with recorded video"-Jordan Levin, The Miami Herald

"daring artistic challenge to society's notions of physical form and graceful movement"-ENZ Magazine

"Ms. Peterson has consistently performed outstanding work locally, statewide and nationally and made vital contributions to the field of accessibility to the cultural arts"
-Marion Winters, Executive Director, VSA Florida

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“Karen Peterson and Dancers is funded in part by: “the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation's Knight Arts Challenge, helping bring South Florida together through the arts” by The Children's Trust. The Trust a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County, by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, the Mayor, the Miami Dade County Board of County Commissioners, by the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts." Supported in part by: Coldwell Bankers, The Mildred Pallas Levenson Dance Foundation, Miami Salon Group.  Citizens Interested in the Arts, the Whitten Foundation, CEP APAP Travel Award and Power2Give

Please contact our Accessibility Coordinator, Karen Peterson at karen@karenpetersondancers.org with any questions or concerns regarding performances or worksh