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MDC Live Arts Announces Unique, Unforgettable 23rd Season

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The Manganiyar Seduction, playing at the Miami Dade County Auditorium on Nov. 8.

Miami, August 22, 2013 -

Miami Dade College’s(MDC) MDC Live Arts continues its legacy of bringing standout, diverse artists from around the world to South Florida as it launches its 23rd season of phenomenal programming.

“We are thrilled to enter into yet another season of dynamic, thought-provoking performances designed to inspire audiences and broaden their view of the world,” said MDC Live Arts Executive Director Kathryn Garcia. “With each presentation, we offer a bridge between cultures and ideas, creating new opportunities for the people of Miami to come together through shared live arts experiences.”

In an exciting opening, MDC Live Arts will bring together an eclectic group of Latin artists for its inaugural OLA Music Fest in October, which celebrates the new wave of Latin music popping up across the globe, from London to São Paulo to Miami and beyond. Uniting electropico, funk, dancehall, hip-hop, cumbia and psychedelic sounds, this pioneering night of music features several noted artists from Latin America and the Caribbean, including Colombia’s Meridian Brothers, Peru’s Dengue Dengue Dengue!, Puerto Rico’s Chinchillos del Caribe, and Miami’s Elastic Bond and Mr. Pauer.

Following in November is another thrilling night of music as Arturo O’Farrilland the Afro Latin Jazz Ensembletake the stage at Kendall Campus’ long-running Jazz Under the Stars concert series. Together O’Farrill, his musicians and top Miami players will create an exciting big band celebrating the legacy of Arturo’s father, Chico O’Farrill with a vibrant program that spans everything from Latin jazz standards to Jewish classics in Afro-Latin big band form.  

On the heels of Jazz Under the Stars is The Manganiyar Seduction – equal parts rock concert, global music performances and dazzling theatrical experience. Taking audiences on a spellbinding journey, this striking show juxtaposes the sounds of Rajasthan, a desert region in India, with the visual seduction of Amsterdam’s red light district. It’s a one-in-a-lifetime experience, not to be missed.

After wowing local audiences two years ago with her first MDC Live Arts performance, renowned choreographer and dancer Nora Chipaumire returns in January with the South Florida premiere of Miriam, a character-driven work inspired by South African singer and activist Miriam Makeba with original music by Cuban pianist Omar Sosa.

Then in February, the internationally acclaimed National Theatre of Scotlandwill delight with their production of The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart, hailed as “life-affirming and touchingly beautiful.”by the (Glasgow) Herald. This unique production offers an immersive theatrical experience and will take place in a most unexpected place – a bar!  So pull up a chair and a drink for this lively and memorable experience.

March will usher in a unique collaboration with The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller, a new “live documentary” by Academy Award-nominated director Sam Greenfeaturing a live score by legendary indie rock band Yo La Tengo. In a singular performance piece, Green narrates the film while Yo La Tengo performs their original score, creating an unforgettable live event.

April brings the Trey McIntyre Project, one of the most in-demand and celebrated dance companies in the U.S. McIntyre, a highly sought-after choreographer, connects deeply with audiences through dancers who are exceptionally athletic, music that is unpredictable, and choreography that is richly inventive and emotional.

To close the season, MDC Live Arts takes us back to the future: where the lyrical edge of hip-hop’s pioneers meets classic Congolese rumba and ‘60s soul with Baloji & L’Orchestra de la Katuba. Baloji redefines what westerners typically associate with music from Africa. “Through his mic skills, visual style and sheer charm, he’s able to seem contemporary but vintage at the same time,” according to The Guardian

Several of the season’s artists will engage in weeklong residencies with MDC students at various campuses. Although less visible than the performances, the residency component at MDC Live Arts is vital to the mission of the organization, which strives not only to present excellence in the performing arts, but also develop future artists and audiences through educational engagement.


MDC Live Arts’ 2013-14 season:

 

First Annual

OLA Music Fest

Music

Friday, October 11, 2013 – 9 p.m.

Grand Central

697 N. Miami Ave., Miami, 33136

Tickets: $25

 

Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble

@ Jazz Under the Stars in partnership with MDC Kendall Campus

Music

Friday, November 1, 2013 – 6:30 p.m.

MDC Kendall Campus – Fred Shaw Plaza
11011 S.W. 104th St., Kendall, 33176

Tickets: $15

 

South Florida Premiere

The Manganiyar Seduction

Music + Theater

Friday, November 8, 2013 – 8 p.m.

Miami Dade County Auditorium

2901 W. Flagler St., Miami, 33135

Tickets: $30 - $50

 

South Florida Premiere

Nora Chipaumire in Miriam in partnership with Miami Light Project

Dance +Theater

Thursday-Saturday, January 23-25, 2014 – 8 p.m.

The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse

404 N.W. 26th St., Miami, 33127

Tickets: $25

 

South Florida Premiere

National Theatre of Scotland in The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart

Theater

February 19-23, 2014
The Garret at Grand Central

697 N. Miami Ave., Miami, 33136

6:30 p.m. on Feb. 19-22; 2:00 p.m. on Feb. 22; 4:00 p.m. on Feb. 23

Tickets: $30

 

South Florida Premiere

Sam Green + Yo La Tengo in The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller

Film + Music

Saturday, March 22, 2014 – 6:30 & 9:30 p.m.

Colony Theatre

1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 33139

Tickets: $30

 

Miami Premiere

Trey McIntyre Project

In Partnership with South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center

Dance

Saturday, April 12, 2014 – 8 p.m.

South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center

10950 S.W. 211th St., Cutler Bay, 33189

Tickets: $25 - $45

 

South Florida Premiere

Baloji & L’Orchestre de la Katuba

Music

Friday, April 25, 2014 – 9 p.m.

The Stage

170 N.E. 38th St., Miami, 33137

Tickets: $25

 

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino, 305-237-3949, testorin@mdc.edu, MDC media relations director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710, sue.arrowsmith@mdc.edu, media specialist
Roxana Romero, 305-237-3366, rromero3@mdc.edu, media specialist
Kai Hill, 305-237-3359, khill1@mdc.edu, media specialist




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