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Cultura del Lobo’s 19th Season Features Some of the World’s Most Renowned Contemporary Artists

Magos Herrera

Magos Herrera

Miami, August 11, 2009 - A songstress from Mexico, a Chilean theater company, a multimedia Chinese artist, South African-inspired dance and theater, and a 23-year-old prodigy-turned-pro from Portland, Ore. Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Cultura del Lobo Performing Series has been putting the world on a stage for nearly 20 years. This season, it will continue the mission of bringing fresh, thought-provoking art to South Florida and making it accessible to students and the community.
 
The Series opens at the Colony Theater on Saturday, Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. with Magos Herrera, a sultry singer/songwriter who is credited with having one of the most beautiful voices of the contemporary Latin American jazz scene. Born in Mexico, Herrera blends classic jazz rhythms with Latin American melodies. Her repertoire is filled with the yearning, romance, intimacy and enchantment of Mexican and Cuban “sons” and “boleros”, and sultry, languid Brazilian beats. Tickets are available for $52, $32 and $27, depending on seating. Students and seniors pay $18.

The 2009-10 Cultura del Lobo series also features:     
  
Established in 1999 by choreographer Gregory Maqoma, Vuyani Dance Theatre (VDT) is a project-based company producing works that combine the many cultures, backgrounds and tastes that enrich South Africa. Maqoma will perform Beautiful Me, where he attempts to define, redefine and profess his own identity in relationship to history, humanity and nature.  Accompanied by four exceptional South African musicians on violin, cello, sitar and percussion, Beautiful Me speaks honestly and directly about the process of finding one’s authentic voice. Performances will take place on Nov. 20-21 at the Byron Carlyle Theater. 

Teatro en el blanco, theater that “hits its target,” is comprised of three compelling actors and playwright Guillermo Calderon. The Chilean company’s latest work, Diciembre, transports the audience to Christmas Eve 2014. Twin sisters welcome into their house their young brother, a soldier home on leave, during a war between Chile and Peru. This performance is part of a multi-city tour supported by the National Performance Network’s (NPN) Performing Americas Program, for which Cultural Affairs has served as curator since 2007. The performance will be in Spanish with English subtitles at the Manuel Artime Theater on Feb. 20.

City of Paper, set for Mar. 19-20, was choreographed and written by lead artist Yin Mei. It is a multimedia dance/theater work interweaving personal history, contemporary and traditional dance, music, interactive sound and visuals to explore the practical, sensual and transformative qualities of paper. City of Paper tells the story of Luoyang, Mei's hometown, an ancient literary and artistic center where paper was invented. Mei collaborates with Sang Jijia, who partners with her through a series of duets that pass by as if in a dream – or in a film.

If “esperanza” is the Spanish word for hope, then bassist, vocalist and composer Esperanza Spalding could not have been given a more fitting name. Blessed with uncanny instrumental chops, the 23-year-old Portland native and graduate of the Berklee School of Music in Boston will close the Series on Apr. 16 at the Colony Theater. Berklee’s youngest faculty member ever recently released a new album and tours with her band nationally and internationally. She will be in Miami for a weeklong residency with students and will perform from her new album, Esperanza, one night only.

The 2009-10 Cultura del Lobo Performance Series continues MDC's tradition of bringing the newest, most challenging, contemporary work to the community that explores both the uniqueness of different cultures and how they interact with one another. The Series is an MDC initiative through its Cultural Affairs Department. Cultura del Lobo (Culture of the Wolf) was originally conceived as a play on the name of the college's downtown Wolfson Campus and the adventurous spirit of its programs. Past performers include Branford Marsalis, Inbal Pinto Dance Company, Marc Bamuthi, McCoy Tyner, Paquito D'Rivera, and many other acclaimed artists. In addition, the artists have taught master classes.

For more information and to purchase tickets, please call 305-237-3010 or visit www.mdc.edu/culture.

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu, MDC communications director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710, sue.arrowsmith@mdc.edu, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482, arios1@mdc.edu
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359, tcarroll@mdc.edu, media specialist




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