February 2015, Volume 19, Number 1

Cultural Spotlight

 

Originality in Various Forms

The second half of MDC Live Arts’ enthralling 2014-15 season is underway and promises more unforgettable performances to cement the performing arts series’ place in the heart of Miami’s arts and culture scene.

On deck in February, theater abandons its traditional format and makes way for live action role-playing (LARP) when MDC Live Arts and Miami Light Project bring acclaimed interactive theater ensemble Rude Mechs back for a return engagement. The Austin, Texas-based group will present their play Now Now Oh Now, in which the audience is invited to solve a series of hands-on mysteries throughout the performance space.

‘Basetrack Live' Offers View from Frontlines

Other theater planned for the season tatrack Live’ Okes the stage in an interdisciplinary performance, Basetrack Live, based on experiences of military personnel who were deployed in Iran and Afghanistan. Created by renowned experimental theater company En Garde Arts, Basetrack Live incorporates the real stories and voices of veterans as well as an original live score, video and photography by photojournalists embedded with the troops to share the stories of those stationed abroad and their families as they struggle to cope with separation and the uncertainties of war.

In April, MDC Live Arts rides boldly into Miami’s cycling scene with Taylor Ho Bynum’s The Acoustic Bicycle Tour, a performance journey incorporating public space performances and music demonstrations presented solo as well as in collaboration with area artists. The endeavor is an act of composition, a performance art piece, a philosophical statement, a celebration of musical community and an exercise in extreme physicality.

Mixed Modalities

To cap off this groundbreaking season of multidisciplinary, eclectic performances, the acclaimed Montreal contemporary dance troupe RUBBERBANDance Group performs an innovative new piece in their signature multigenre style that reflects the influences of modern, hip-hop and classical dance.

In keeping with MDC Live Arts’ education-centered mission, artist engagements are deepened through various educational opportunities offered to Miami Dade College students and the public, including community engagement projects, workshops, residencies and classroom presentations. MDC Live Arts garnered a prestigious Knight Arts Challenge Award for its Basetrack community programming.

Season at a Glance

Rude Mechs present Now Now Oh Now
Feb. 20 – March 1

Basetrack Live
March 21

The Acoustic Bicycle Tour
April 12

RUBBERBANDance Group
May 2-3

For more info or tickets, visit www.mdclivearts.org.


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