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TRIBE, is a dance performance where contemporary dance and music fuse to shed light onto the sad and dark world of the homeless in Miami.

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Posted on July 19, 2016 by Alexey Taran

Full length performance.

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INCIDENTAL MUSIC for TRIBE (2015) by Gustavo Matamoros

Posted on July 9, 2015 by Alexey Taran

Incidental Music for Tribe is an architectural sound environment commissioned by Bistoury Physical Theatre as incidental music for the piece Tribe​.​

The following is an excerpt of a stereo rendering of Incidental Music.​


Posted on June 11, 2015 by Alexey Taran

Here’s a clip from the performance TRIBE (April 2-5) at On.Stage BlackBox, Miami Dade County Auditorium as part of the Fresh / Brand New & On.Stage Series, a collaboration between composer Gustavo Matamoros and choreographer Alexey Taran.

Thank you New Music USA for helping us realize this project.

A special thanks to all the performers involved: Carla Forte, Rudi Goblen, Liony Garcia, Danay Acosta, and Daniella Bertoldi.

Venues: XX International Dance Festival in Urban Landscapes, Habana Vieja – Ciudad en Movimiento (Old Havana – City In Motion), April 15-19, 2017, Havana, Cuba.

Red Artistas del Caribe/ National Performance Network (NPN)
Performing Americas Program Creative Exchange, July 4, Santa Marta, Colombia.

Bistoury Dance Explores the Nature of Homelessness: http://www.artburstmiami.com/dance-articles/bistoury-dance-explores-the-nature-of-homelessness

‘Tribe’ opens On.Stage: http://www.knightfoundation.org/blogs/knightblog/2015/3/23/tribe-opens-on-stage/

Video Interview ‘Tribe’: http://www.artburstmiami.com/our-videos/tribe-by-alexey-taran

TRIBE. Bistoury Physical Theater Company: http://nagarimagazine.com/tribe-bistoury-physical-theater-company/

Alexey Taran’s Tribe Deeply Rooted, Personalhttp://www.miamiartzine.com/Features.php?op=Article_Bistoury+Dance+Explores+the+Nature+of+Homelessness

MASTERMIND 2015 FINALIST: BISTOURY THEATRE: http://www.miaminewtimes.com/arts/mastermind-2015-finalist-bistoury-theatre-6514483

Poster for TRIBE

Posted on March 4, 2015 by Alexey Taran


On.Stage Black.Box Miami-Dade County Auditorium
2901 W. Flagler St., Miami
April 2,3,4 & 5, 2015

Bistoury Theatre’s latest production, Tribe, explores homelessness. A preview by Shelly Davidov @ Miami New Times

Posted on March 1, 2015 by Alexey Taran

MasterMind 2015 Finalist: Bistoury Theatre
By Shelly Davidov Thu., Feb. 26 2015, Miami New Times.

Bistoury Theatre’s latest production, Tribe, explores homelessness. It’s an intimately familiar topic for the troupe’s cofounder Alexey Taran, who lived life on the streets firsthand.

Born in Santa Clara, Cuba, in 1970, Taran grew up in Havana and graduated from the Cuban National Ballet School before spending two years as a dancer in the Cuban National Ballet Company. His decision to leave Cuba for Caracas, Venezuela, in 1991 led to months of desperate living without a home.

See also: Congratulations to the MasterMind Awards 2015 Finalists

As he struggled to start his career, Taran lived on the streets before moving into a car. Eventually, he found work at a dance company, which helped him find a place to live. “When I was homeless in Venezuela, it was something that touched me,” he says.

Soon it became an inspiration for his art. “I was very depressed, seeing those people on the streets,” he says. “The loneliness they live, sometimes the pain they carry — we wanted to make a piece of work, a piece of art, of this life. We wanted to honor the life of those people.”

In 2005, Taran cofounded his company, Bistoury Theatre, with his partner, Carla Forte, who is primarily a filmmaker. The physical theater group combined their talents, mixing movement, dance, and film to present live performances that put social issues in context.

The two made their way to South Florida in 2007 after earning a Guggenheim Fellowship and began looking for stories in their new hometown. “In Miami, everything looks beautiful and perfect, but there is another side, a darker side,” Taran says. “I think our work leans toward the darker side of Miami, the real side of Miami.”

That exploration has led to quick success for Bistoury, which has staged live performances in Miami, New York, and Santo Domingo. Its film projects, meanwhile, have found equal acclaim. Urban Stories, which follows the journeys of several immigrants adjusting to life in Miami, was awarded best movie, best screenplay, and best cinematography honors at the Bootleg Film Festival in Toronto in 2012.

Tribe, their latest project, translates the world of the homeless into a new language through body gestures and includes participation by the Miami homeless community.

Taran says he’ll continue drawing inspiration from the Magic City. “When you’re walking on the street, downtown for example, you can hear the sounds of the street, you can hear music from a Latin place selling coffee. Everything that surrounds us becomes part of our films, and everything from our films becomes part of our memory.”

This year’s three Mastermind Award winners will be announced February 26 at Artopia, our annual soiree celebrating Miami culture. For tickets and more information, visit newtimesartopia.com.

TRIBE Teaser # 2

Posted on January 25, 2015 by Alexey Taran

TRIBE is Commissioned by Miami-Dade County Auditorium’s ON.STAGE Black Box.

TRIBE is made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.”

Supported by:

New Music USA
O Cinema
Miami Light Project
Miami Theater Center
2015 Dance Miami Choreographers’ Program
American Dance Abroad
Artistic Residence, Dance-tech AIR @ Lake Studios Berlin, Germany


“TRIBE” life in gestures, is a creative experience conceived by choreographer Alexey Taran that fuses and integrates contemporary dance, music and film. Gustavo Matamoros will create an electronic score for the piece and will perform it. This piece also involves collaborations with the homeless people of Miami Dade-County and the GLBTQ community and features their participation.

“TRIBE” has been commissioned by Miami-Dade County Auditorium’s Black Box Series, and will be presented on April 2, 3, 4 & 5, 2015. In addition to the staged performance, the project will also include a series of screenings and informal presentations during the months of January and March to take place at the Shelters of the city of Miami.

Financial support to date includes, Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs Community Grant Program; American Dance Abroad for a residency in Berlin, Germany; Miami Theater Center for rehearsal space; O-Cinema; iSAW Studio at Audiotheque for audio production support.  In addition, Alexey Taran has been awarded the 2015 Miami Choreographer Fellowship, which will also support the creation of “TRIBE”.

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Alexey Taran Demo Reel
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Features: Alexey Taran

1. IMAGINARIUM (2013, US) Short Film (15’).
2. IMAGINARIUM LIFE (2013, US) Performance (60’).
3. ASSASSINS FOR ONE NIGHT (2011, US) Performance (60’).
“Assassins for the Night was commissioned through Meet The Composer’s Commissioning Music/USA.
4. ASSASSINS FOR ONE NIGHT performed at La Biennale di Venezia.
5. Symbol (2009, US) Performance (30’).
6. Carne en doce escenabolos (60’).
7. 18 minutos por 2 1/2 tiempos’ bolo (60’).

Cars & Fish
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Features: Gustavo Matamoros

Commissioned by Miami Performing Arts Center (MPAC), Cars and Fish was a 45-minute video, sound, and performance together with a 3-hour integrated video-sound installation and architectural lighting designed by Gustavo Matamoros and Charles Recher to be presented on the external walls and within the Plaza of the Arts at MPAC on December 2nd, 2005, as part of Art Basel Miami.

Flow (excerpt)
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Features: Gustavo Matamoros

FLOW is a sound structure based on improvisations by Gustavo Matamoros and Armando Rodriguez performed on acoustic and electric guitars, kemenche, psaltery, bagpipe chanter and percussion instruments. It follows the notion of a “Scattered Unison” – a complex musical texture based on a single melodic idea unknown to all but one musician in a group. Like the “instant listening” required to say exactly that someone else is about to say, without knowing what the words are going to be.

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Miami, Florida

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Last update on July 19, 2016

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Miami, Florida
Alexey Taran (Choreographer/ Multi-disciplinary artist) is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Bistoury Physical Theatre and Film. His work involves respect and curiosity for the extraordinary creative movement of the Latin American megalopolis, both for its ambiguity as well as for the continent’s ethnic-cultural diversity. Born in Santa Clara, Cuba. He grew up in Havana and graduated from…

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Miami, Florida


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