September 2009, Volume 13, Number 7

Cultural Spotlight

Cultura del Lobo enters 19th season

Think about the most basic forms of performance-based artistic expression – voice, dance, drama. Then mine those art forms and pull from them every bit of human emotion, intellectual resonance, political expression. This, perhaps, begins to describe the experience built into the 19th season of MDC’s premiere performance series, Cultura del Lobo.

Book-ended with performances by vocalist Magos Herrera and vocalist, bassist and composer Esperanza Spalding, the 2009-2010 performance season will feature a broad range of work that promises to challenge and excite audiences.

Through performances and workshops, the artists will “really represent Miami Dade College’s commitment to honoring contemporary voices that fuse disciplines and reinvent tradition,” said Elizabeth Doud, the Cultura del Lobo artistic director.

Herrera will open the season on Oct. 10 with a performance at the Colony Theater on South Beach. The Mexican-born chanteuse will be followed by Gregory Maqoma’s Vuyani Dance Theatre and Beautiful Me, to be staged Nov. 20-21 at the Byron Carlyle Theater in North Beach. The piece attempts to define, redefine and process his own identity in relation to history, humanity and nature.

Diciembre, by the Chilean ensemble Teatro en el Blanco, follows on Feb. 20 at the Manuel Artime Theater. Directed by playwright Guillermo Calderón, Diciembre explores two metaphors – on the terror outside and the despair within – with a one-two snap that is utterly captivating. The work is presented in Spanish with English supertitles.

The multimedia theater/dance work, City of Paper, is the March 19-20 offering, featuring choreography and text by lead artist Yin Mei. This collaborative work with Tibetan contemporary dancer Sang Jijia, City of Paper is scheduled for the Byron Carlyle Theater in Miami Beach.

The season closes at South Beach’s Colony Theater on April 16 with Spalding, who has been described as “irresistible performer” (Seattle Times) who radiates “a cyclone-force charisma, along with the fresh-faced self-conviction that only precocity can bestow” (New York Times).


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