The Next Stage

“Acey Sickly woke up one day and found he was living the American nightmare: an interminable cycle of work, sleep, and monotony with nary a white picket fence or Stepford wife in sight.” This may not be the most groundbreaking storyline in the world; but the way that the story is told – on a stage, through a combination of spoken word and breakdancing – deserves an up-close look-see. In “Insanity Isn’t,” a live performance piece, Miami hip-hop artist Rudi Goblen takes his protagonist all the way through a mental breakdown, to a psychiatric ward, and back towards sanity, dropping rhymes and a few headspins on the way.

In a wildly different but similarly intriguing piece, dancer/choreographer Helena Thevenot uses a spiritual, almost Zen, style of dance called butoh to present a futuristic critique of technology. In “Some Assembly Required,” she mixes images of 9/11 and Hiroshima to foreshadow a day when “human beings find themselves on the endangered species list undone by the very designs and devices we created and proliferated.” Performances of these two pieces take place Thursday through Saturday at the Light Box (3000 Biscayne Blvd., Miami). The offerings are part of a program called “Here & Now: 2006,” which presents new, provocative work by Miami artists. The series continues on February 10 and 11 with video works, and February 15 through 18 with works by additional performance artists. Tickets cost $20. Call 305-576-4350, or visit
Feb. 2-11; Feb. 10-11; Feb. 17-18

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