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Dress rehearsal by Michelle Grant-Murray
"Kahina; a tangled root" at the Deering Estate

MIAMI (August 19, 2015)

On Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm, Deering Estate Artist in Residence, Michelle Grant-Murray will present a special dress rehearsal and Q&A session related to her upcoming participation in the 10th Annual X Edizione Florence Biennale (Biennale Internazional d’Arte Contemporanea di Firenze), a contemporary arts event held annually in Florence, Italy.

The artist will present her choreographed piece “Kahina; a tangled root,” developed during her tenure at the Deering Estate, in collaboration with Prince Emmanuel Abiodun Aderele, an International Sacred Yoruba percussionist from Nigeria, in preparation for the October Biennale event. The event will take place at the Deering Estate Visitor Center Exhibit Room and a tour of the Historic homes will follow from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm for registered guests.

This event is free and open to the public, however R.S.V.P is required as seating is limited to 50 guests. Contact our Cultural Arts Department at or by calling 305-235-1668 ext. 238. The Deering Estate is located at 16701 SW 72 Avenue. The Visitor Center Exhibit Room and parking lot are located at the end of SW 168 Street, east of Old Cutler Road in Palmetto Bay.

About the Artist: Michelle Grant-Murray, choreographer, performer, educator, author and social activist, is the Artistic Director of Olujimi Dance Theatre and MDC Jubilation Dance Ensemble and the Coordinator of Dance at Miami Dade College Kendall Campus. Michelle has trained with prominent artists across the world and has presented work in Europe, South America, Asia, the Caribbean and the United States. Michelle holds a Master’s Degree from Florida International University in African Studies and a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Jacksonville University in Choreography. Michelle Grant-Murray is a current Artist in Residence at the Deering Estate, representing the first choreographer in Residence during the program’s eight-year history. For more information about the artist and upcoming projects, please contact Michelle Grant-Murray at or visit the website.

About the Florence Biennale: Occurring October 17 through 25, 2015 at the exhibition spaces of the Fortezza da Basso, in Florence, Italy, this acclaimed international and self-financed arts exhibition was established in 1997 and is produced by Arte Studio organization and supported by the President of the Republic, Ministry of Cultural Heritage of Italy, and the Regional, Provincial, and Municipal authorities of the city of Florence.

Each participating artist was carefully selected by an International panel of renowned scholars, art historians and critics. Participating artists like Grant-Murray will be recognized and given the “Lorenzo il Magnifico” Lifetime Achievement Award for displaying outstanding workmanship pinnacles of artistic and cultural achievements in their country. They will also be competing for the “Lorenzo il Magnifico” International Award for the best contemporary artistic piece reflecting the theme “Ethics: DNA of Art.”

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