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    R&J The Tempest Too!

    Presented by at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale

    February 17, 2017

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    R&J The Tempest Too!

    "In fair Florida where we lay our scene, a brave new world like few have ever seen"

    R&J The Tempest Too!

    International and local Dance Artists perform Afro-Cuban and American Ballet - with a twist - two classic plays are combined and re-imagined for Florida at the time of Shakespeare with actual history and a message for today! This is a performance inspired by Shakespeare’s earliest and final works. Romeo and Juliet was an actual adaptation of a young English poet, Arthur Brooke's powerful message in poem about sin and redemption, when it opened on the stage - the rest was history!

    Speaking of history, we include Florida's rich history of explorers, immigrants and migrants shipwrecked in Florida and their journeys through our state even as early as the period in which Shakespeare penned his last original work, The Tempest.

    The setting is early 1600 when English, Spanish, French and other European monarchies contracted explorers to find out more about the rest of the world and religious wars were forcing many to flee to the Americas. Florida's coast and peoples were exotic, sometimes dangerous but many braved the ocean and the harsh and isolated life they'd find for safer havens. Other visitors to our shores shipwrecked tossed about by unimaginable tempests. Like the Dickinsons, Quakers of British heritage, they experienced an epic journey on foot from Stewart to Saint Augustine in the 1690's. Their detailed journal of encounters with colossal tropical creatures, escape from multiple native tribes (threatening to kill them but then feeding their starving baby) and eventually finding a Spanish military escort to freedom (despite the rift between England and Spain over American territories) reads like a fictional high adventure novel! But it actually happened here in Florida, even as Shakespeare heard nautical tales years earlier from returning shipmen, merchants and missionaries about excursions to our future state.

    NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale

    One E Las Olas Blvd
    at S Andrews Ave
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301-1807

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    Admission Info:

    $10 – $35

    General Day and Time Info:

    Fri, February 17, 2017

    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM EST

    Accessibility Information: Currently, no accessibility information is available for this event.

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