Julia + Roselo An American Story
‘Meet the painter, dancers, musicians, singer and actors of the cast of Romeo and Juliet set in La Florida.’
Visual Artist imagery by Alejandro Leyva
Alejandro Leyva is a Cuban-born painter based in Miami, Florida. He graduated from the Vocational School Luis Casas Romero in 1985 attending the Academy of Fine Arts San Alejandro in Havana, Cuba in 1995 and graduating from the School National Visual Arts (ENAP) specializing in Painting. He also trained in ceramics, design and photography. Leyva participated in ten solo shows and forty collective exhibitions globally and is a part of private collections in Mexico, Panama, U.S., Cuba, Spain, Italy, Switzerland and Belgium.
Classical Spanish Guitar by Artist and Composer, Alberto Puerto, born in Cuba, his work is described as mystical and elegant. He has ample experience at all levels of classical guitar instruction.
With his extensive repertoire of highly technical musical works, both as a soloist and with numerous chamber music projects, he has promoted the fusion of the guitar with other artistic manifestations in a manner that is both cohesive and elaborate. During his years as a professor at the Evangelical University of Bolivia, he motivated students toward music and toward the arts in general, providing a platform that focused on developing creativity and emotion. He continues to teach, compose and present music based in Miami.
Ivet Riscart Lopez is a Cuban professional musician, winning recognition at festivals such as Best Cuban Music Interpreter. After graduating with honors at the age of fourteen in 2002, she started studies at the National School of Arts (E.N.A) in Havana, Cuba under world famous guitarists Esteban Campuzano, Joaquin Clerch, Leo Brouwer, and Jesus Ortega. In 2006, she graduated, continuing studies at the University Of Arts (ISA) in Havana, Cuba, touring and participating in many festivals and teaching guitar at “Guillermo Tomas Conservatory of Music,” in Havana, Cuba.
From 2009 to 2014, she traveled to Dubai teaching guitar at two different schools called “Brooklyn Melodies Music Center,” and “Buddy’s Music and Dance Institute,” and became director of “The LIM Band.” She currently teaches at ‘Encore Academy of The Arts in Miami’ where her students win many awards in festivals in ABRSM (Classical music), Trinity (Pop and Rock), and Federation of Music Clubs. She’s traveled around the world and is one of the Founders and former guitarists of the Classical Guitar Orchestra of Villa Clara, Cuba. She plays for Miami’s ‘Classical Guitar Orchestra’ under the direction of Maestro Carlos Molina. In November, 2018 she performed with the Florida Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Marlene Urbay. She has recorded with different artist such as Rosa Matos, Danny Martinez, Maykel Elizarde, Trio TrovaRoco, Gerardo Rodriguez, among others. “As an artist, there is nothing more rewarding than sharing your passion and watching others cultivate their own passions.”
Yetzabel Arias Fernandez, Concert Singer, also born in Havana, Cuba, graduated in choral conducting at the Amadeo Roldán Conservatory and singing at the Superior Institute of Art in Havana.
She continued postgraduate studies in Italy under the direction of Vincenzo Manno in Milan. She has also taken courses in 17th-century Italian music interpretation with Roberto Gini at the Accademia Internazionale della Musica di Milano. Winner of the International Competition of baroque singing in Chimay, Belgium with First Prize, Audience’s Prize and Prize from Pintemps des Art de Nantes Festival. She also won prizes in Concorso Internazionale di Canto Barocco F. Provenzale in Naples, as well as in the Concorso Internazionale di Musica Sacra in Rome. She’s performed with distinguished Italian ensembles and orchestras throughout Europe, recorded several CDs and DVDs and her concerts are broadcast live in Italy and all over Europe.
Zest Collective, a New York based dance collective founded by Gentry Isaiah George who also serves as Creative Director, choreographs a duet to acclaimed African American composers and musicians, Althea Waites, ‘Piano Sonata in E Minor II Andante’ and a solo to Jon Batiste ‘Stay Human.’ Zest Collective is featuring Midori Nonaka and Jerard Palazzo in this project. Mr. George grew up in Miami dancing with the Dance Theatre of Harlem, Ailey II and is a Julliard alum. Born in 1990, he graduated from New World School of the Arts, trained at the Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida’s with Vladimir Issaev, The Ailey School, and Miami Conservatory’s Thomas Armour Youth Ballet. George is a recipient of a Level 1 ARTS award, given by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. Gentry has created work for ‘The Governor’s School for the Arts’ Norfolk, VA and choreographed ballets for the Peter London Global Dance Company.
Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami featuring choreographer, Eriberto Gimenez; born in Bogota, Colombia, he trained in classical ballet, jazz, modern and contemporary dance, starting at Triknia Kabhelioz Contemporary School of Dance. He received scholarships to study at Joffrey Ballet School in New York, Ballet Academy of Miami, and Miami Hispanic Ballet. He toured with entertainment companies creating musical videos and television shows and was a resident artist for the Carolina Ballet, Expressions Dance Company, Ballet Theater of Miami, South Florida Ballet Theater and New Century Dance Company, a soloist for the International Ballet Company and the Miami Hispanic Ballet.
He is choreographer and professor with the Carolina Ballet School and Company, Center for Dance Education, Lexington Dance Center, Columbia Ballet School, Miami Classical Ballet School, Ballet Institute, Ballet Concerto, Balletique, International Ballet Academy and Company, Miami Contemporary Dance, and Miami Hispanic Ballet School and Company. For twenty five (25) years Eriberto has been Assistant Director for Miami Hispanic Cultural Arts Center, Creation Art Center, and Ballet Master and choreographer for the Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami, also serving as Coordinator for the International Ballet Festival of Miami (IBFM). After Founder and Director Pedro Pablo Pena’s death in 2018, Mr. Jimenez assumed the position of Executive and Artistic Director of all three (3) organizations and the IBFM now in its 24th year in 2019.
Emily Ricca Dance Company is a group of young, professional, versatile dancers guided by Ms Ricca who has performed in Paris, France, San Juan, Puerto Rico, Santiago, Chile among other educational institutions in South Florida such as the Miami City Ballet school, Biltmore Hotel, African Heritage Center, & the Salvador Dali Museum. Ricca will be performing with her Dance partner Jesse Seth Hamel who has had a rich dance career as well & keeps flourishing. He has been principal dancer for Ballet Pacifica, David Taylor Dance Theatre. Ricca and her partner will present ‘Romeo and Juliet’ pas de deux to Prokofiev’s acclaimed composition and a solo choreographed and danced by Ricca to Ulali and Robbie Robertson’s Track ‘Makh Jcki’ (Heartbeat Drum Song) Tutelo and Saponi languages, now extinct dialects of the Sioux nation.
The Shakespeare Troupe of South Florida is a group of professional actors developing the art of Shakespeare according to cues found in the First Folio as trained by Founder and Artistic Director, Peter W. Galman. Born in Chicago, Mr. Galman received a scholarship for the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and completed graduate studies under legendary teacher, Stella Adler.
After beginning his professional career with Joseph Papp’s New York Shakespeare Festival, he appeared regularly as the troubled Tom Hughes on the daytime serial “As the World Turns” for five years while moonlighting on Broadway and off-Broadway in New York. He raised his family on Long Island, and returned full-time to his passion joining the ensemble of the Actors Shakespeare Company of Jersey City, New Jersey, where he played Prospero, Claudius, Lear, Bottom, and Shylock. Galman, a Carbonell and Silver Palm Award-winning actor in South Florida, founded the Troupe in 2016 and has performed at the Vanguard Theatre in Fort Lauderdale, GableStage and Area Stage in Coral Gables, a number of retirement communities including John Knox Village, The Palace of Coral Gables and Devonshire of PGA Gardens providing life-long learning workshops to schools and elderly communities.
Where: Historic African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, 6161 Northwest 22nd Avenue, Miami, FL.
When: May 17th, 7:30pm-9pm.
Tickets: Available on Eventbrite
Saturday May 18th 7:30pm.
Tickets Available on Eventbrite