Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre

World Premiere

ADF Commission


Reynolds Industries Theater

Friday, July 6, 8:00pm
Saturday, July 7, 7:00pm


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ADF Commissioned World Premiere!
Known for its diverse ensemble that consists of some of Miami’s most brilliant performers and creators ranging in genres from theater, performance art, opera, drag, and contemporary ballet, Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre has become a beloved fixture in the contemporary arts scene in Miami. The company will present Make Believe, originally conceived at ADF in 2013. This work uses religious iconography to explore themes of love, romance, and religious spectacle and how these rituals are unified by themes of paganism, magic, and celebrity worship. Make Believe deconstructs what it means to believe in magic and how that bleeds into our constructions of spirituality and our understanding of romance. In addition, Herrera’s brutally elegant quartet Carne Viva will be performed.This performance contains nudity.

Make Believe is commissioned by ADF with support from the Doris Duke/SHS Foundations Award for New Works.

This performance is funded, in part, by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council.

The presentation of Make Believe is made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Large print PDF of program available here.

Music credits for Carne Viva

“Fade Into You” – Mazzy Star
“Isla de Amor” – Xiomara Alfaro
“Quartet for the End of Time: VIII. Louange à l’immortalité de Jésus” – Olivier Messiaen, performed by Ensemble Liaison
“Como Yo Te Amo” – Rocio Jurado

Music credits for Make Believe

“Say My Name” – Destiny’s Child (Cyril Hahn Remix)
“I Feel Love” – Donna Summer (original 1977 version)
“Father I Lift My Hand to Thee” – Traditional, organist Moses Tyson Jr.
“The Look of Love” – Dusty Springfield
“Maria Magdelena” – Francisco Guerrero, performed by The Rose Ensemble
“Toothnest (for Chris Habib)” – Noveller
“I Can’t Make You Love Me” – Bonnie Raitt
“Fantasy” – Mariah Carey (remixed by Athena Qori Quispe)
“Kites Calm Desert Fires” – Noveller
“‘Cause I Love You” – Lenny Williams
“I Won’t Complain,” by Rev. Don Johnson