September 2015, Volume 19, Number 4

Cultural Spotlight


Statement Pieces

MDC Live Arts is proud to launch its 25th season of live performances that enrich the MDC community and Greater Miami area.

This expertly curated annual series has brought stellar performances and riveting artists to venues, campuses and neighborhoods throughout the region and has facilitated meaningful encounters between artists, MDC students and the community.

“Looking back at our incredible history, it’s moving to reflect on our impact in this community,” said MDC Live Arts Executive Director Kathryn Garcia. “We’ve not only brought some of the world’s best artists to Miami, but we’ve provided opportunities to engage beyond performances, helping to cultivate Miami’s celebrated cultural scene. Throughout it all, we’ve maintained a consistent focus on democratizing the arts – both by reflecting our community and by ensuring the arts are accessible to all. Those will continue to be guiding principles for us as we move forward, while keeping Miami at the forefront of a vibrant global stage.”

Thought-Provoking Works

Coinciding with the Dwntwn Art Days Celebration, the 2015-16 season kicks off with Conscience Under Fire, a collective of local veterans in an original spoken word theater piece. Presented on the anniversary of Sept. 11, the powerful and humorous show features group and solo works that touch on the veterans’ process of conquering Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

This impactful presentation will be followed in October by the lively sounds of Cumbia All Stars. The living legends of Peruvian cumbia will resurrect the sound they made famous in the 1960s with a performance of the classics of their heyday as well as new compositions.

Later that month, audiences will be treated to the U.S. debut of Combinado Argentino de Danza, a Buenos Aires-based dance company characterized by a renegade collective of dancers, musicians, DJs and theater artists who work to create a singular and dynamic universe where hip-hop, contemporary and folklore dance and music co-exist.

MDC Live Arts continues its partnership with Jazz Under the Stars and welcomes Latin jazz icon Paquito D’Rivera to Kendall Campus in November to perform his greatest hits. This Cuban-born composer and instrumentalist has 14 Grammy Awards to his name and is celebrated as a virtuoso of clarinet and saxophone.

December then follows with Holoscenes, an epic performance art installation that weaves the story of water – the rising seas, melting glaciers, intensifying floods and droughts – into the patterns of everyday life. A publicly displayed human aquarium is at the center of this provocative and visceral work that explores our troubled relationship with water.

Farmer-turned-musician Joan Soriano, known as the Dominican Republic’s “Duke of Bachata,” will bring his tender crooning and nimble guitar runs to the local stage in January when he performs alongside his family to showcase his irresistibly danceable sound.

Dancer/choreographer Camille A. Brown showcases her gutsy talent in February in Black Girl: Linguistic Play, where she will use the rhythmic play of double-dutch, steppin’, tap, ring shout and other African-American social dances to address the complexity of carving out a positive identity as a black female in urban American culture.

The season’s penultimate performance features Timbalive, Miami’s hugely popular Cuban timba band, delivering their souped-up salsa, full of infectious rhythms, playful hooks and lots of swagger.

Returning to MDC Live Arts to bring the season to a close is Teatro Cinema, the wildly inventive Chilean theater company known for infusing live action and film projections into their shows. The cutting-edge company will present the final piece of a trilogy on the subject of love, based on a novel by Régis Jauffret.

To celebrate 25 years, all MDC Live Arts tickets are $25 or less this season, and tickets for MDC students are always $10.

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Season at a Glance

Sept. 11-12: Conscience Under Fire
Oct. 2: Cumbia All Stars
Oct. 17: Combinado Argentino de Danza
Nov. 7: Paquito D’Rivera at Jazz Under the Stars
Dec. 2-5: Holoscenes
Jan. 29: Joan Soriano
Feb. 20: Camille A. Brown in Black Girl: Linguistic Play
March 18, 2016: Timbalive
April 16, 2016: Teatro Cinema

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