November 16th: WEIRD MIAMI bus tour with Thought Loom and Choreographer Shaneeka Harrell
Join BFI on our newest WEIRD MIAMI tour as we explore the daily route of Cassius Clay
Guided by Shaneeka Harrell
(Please arrive no later than 3:45 for a prompt departure)
Tickets are $25 each in advance with only 35 tickets available
Free parking is available at BFI
"A circle in a square: Muhammed Ali’s movement is mesmerizing, beautiful…the way he danced around opponents, the rhythms and sounds of the streets of Miami, the music; the sounds of the boxing, the training, his poetry; the fact that he saw himself as a poet and an artist. He was a man I had not considered in that way before."
This installment of WEIRD MIAMI bus tours is led by Miami-born choreographer, Shaneeka Harrell and follows the route of Cassius Clay’s daily training runs from Overtown to the iconic 5th Street Gym on Miami Beach. The tour, inspired by Clay’s transformation to Muhammad Ali, will feature dance, film, poetry and an interactive musical experience including live mixes by DJ Le Spam. This tour is in collaboration with Thought loom, a company dedicated to giving traction to dance ideas and with Miami Book Fair International’s screening of Muhammad Ali Made In Miami at the Knight Arts Challenge funded Swamp on November 21st.
photo by Glassworks Media
Shaneeka Harrell, a native to Miami, has toured the world with arguably some of the most influential choreographers of our time, including Bill T. Jones and Jawolle Willa Joe Zolla. Inspired about Miami’s energy and potential as a city still in the making, Ms. Harrell has returned to Miami to further develop her own voice as a choreographer and director. Since her arrival, she has been part of inkūb8’s artist residency program, where she developed Mudtown*, a work that investigates mud and its relationship to the body, to her hometown of Miami. She has also performed in Miami Theater Center’s productions of The Love of Three Oranges (Princess Ninette, doctor no. 2, and the chicken) and Inanna and the Huluppu Tree (Siduri, Ninhursag).Her collaborations with Tony-award winning choreographer, Bill T. Jones have included working as an original cast member of Fela! On Broadway (2009-2011); Assistant Choreographer on The Seven for New York Theater Workshop; Dance Supervisor for his original multidisciplinary gala production for YoungArts; a company member/vocalist with Bill T. Jones/Arne Zane Dance Company (2002-2007), as well as in the recording of Another Evening: I Bow Down with the company; and most recently, the workshop for Super Fly The Musical. Additional stage credits include guest artist appearances with Tania Isaac Dance Project, Hope Boykin, Eleone Dance Theater, Heather Maloney, and Letty Bassart. She received training at New World School of the Arts, Florida International University, and University of the Arts in Philadelphia.