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International Mixed Ability Dance Collaboration 
with Austria’s LizArt Productions

 at Miami-Dade County Auditorium
May 11 & 12 at Miami-Dade County Auditorium

What makes a person or object physically beautiful? How do our ideas of what makes compelling contemporary dance change when people with disabilities are fully included on stage? Together, Miami’s Karen Peterson and Dancers (KPD) and Austria’s LizArt Productions (LAP) dive into these questions, and address the state of the world today, in the U.S. premiere of Scrutiny: The World Gone Astray. This unusual program of mixed ability or physically integrated dance, the Miami/Vienna Dance Exchange, will be presented Thursday, May 11 and Friday, May 12, at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium.


Fourteen dancers – seven with disabilities, including those with physical and visual impairments – have worked on Scrutiny collaboratively for the past few months. The project culminates first in a trip to Vienna in April by the KPD company, performing the piece there together with their Austrian partners, and then the May trip to Miami by LAP to bring this international synthesis to South Florida audiences. Scrutiny is a reflection of the emotional, social and political turbulence in the world today, and includes powerful visuals from Miami-based video artist Maria Lino. The piece is choreographed by Karen Peterson, Juan Maria Seller and Katrina Weaver, workshopped with company members.

Scrutiny is an international, cross-cultural, and challenging dance piece,” says Karen Peterson, Founder and Artistic Director of KPD. "All of my artistic work in Miami has led up to these performances – the dynamic physical movement, the deep integration of all abilities, collaborators from across the ocean and an opportunity to work closely with my KPD partners.” AtFriday night’s performance, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava will be honored for her consistent support for the arts, and the Honorary Consul of the Austrian Consulate Miami, Werner Stemer will introduce the performance, as well as receive an award.

Tickets are $20 general admission, and $15 students and $10 seniors and people with disabilities, and can be purchased in advance through Ticketmaster at tinyurl.com/ScrutinyMiami or in-person at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium box office. Performances take place at 8:00 pm, Thursday, May 11 and Friday, May 12, with a post-performance reception on Friday, at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium, “On Stage Black Box” theater, 2901 West Flagler Street, in Miami, which is fully wheelchair accessible. There is free onsite parking.

Also please click the link below to see what WLRN (Miami PBS) is saying about the company by reporter, Joey Daoud,
tagged as dance / documentary / PBS

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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.orgwith any questions or concerns regarding performances or worksh