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MDC’s Cultura Del Lobo Performance Series Opens Its 18th Season Of Spectacular And Outstanding Live Performances October 25

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Inbal Pinto Avshalom Pollak Dance Company, Israel’s internationally acclaimed contemporary dance troupe, will perform at the Gusman Center on Saturday, October 25.

Miami, September 15, 2008 - The Cultura del Lobo Performance Series at Miami Dade College (MDC) is proud to announce its 18th season of original performing arts and entertainment events. Whether it is reveling in a multi-media dance extravaganza or a theatrical performance that revisits how historical leaders spoke out against issues that continue to plague an island nation or meditating to the elegant beats of the uniquely American art form of jazz, the 2008-2009 Cultura del Lobo Series of creative works by some of the world’s greatest artists will continue to teach, inspire and entertain, even in the face of our world’s many challenges. 

The MDC Cultural Affairs Department has great expectation for its 18th season of Cultura del Lobo, as it gathers work from all disciplines to profile the most relevant performances being produced nationally and internationally today.  “In a time of climate crisis and deep moral searching across the globe, we continue to seek out performance works that communicate the highest order of our human expression and that remind us that art, in its complex and visceral presence, is our humanity at its best,” said Artistic Director and Interim Director Gregory Jackson.  
 
The 2008-2009 Cultura del Lobo Performance Series includes:

Inbal Pinto Avshalom Pollak Dance Company / SHAKER
8:00 p.m. Saturday, October 25, 2008, Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, 174 East Flagler Street, Miami.

The ordinarily tropical climate of South Florida is set to change to one of those cold and gray, but eerily beautiful winter days when Israel’s internationally acclaimed contemporary dance troupe returns to Miami with SHAKER. This latest dance theater piece is the creative pursuit of the wildly imaginative and unpredictable team of choreographer Pinto and director Pollak, and takes its inspiration from the snow-filled glass globes that fill with snowflakes when shaken.  The world inside the shaker is magical and enchanted, but not necessarily happy – it has both good and evil, joy and sadness. The provocative movement vocabulary that is a seamless blend of modern dance, ballet, mime and acrobatics is interspersed with unique humor and intellectual thought.  Inbal Pinto’s performance of SHAKER commemorates the 60th anniversary of Israel being celebrated globally in 2008.

A production of The Center for New Performance at CalArts/ DAUGHTER OF A CUBAN REVOLUTIONARY, written and performed by Marissa Chibas and directed by Mira Kingsley
8:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, November 14 - 15, 2008
3:00 p.m. Sunday, November 16, 2008
William & Joan Lehman Theater at MDC North Campus, 11380 N.W. 27th Ave., Miami

In a solo theatrical tour de force, protean performer Marissa Chibas tells an astonishing tale centered on three towering figures in her life - her father, Raul Chibas, who co-wrote the manifesto for the Cuban revolution with Fidel Castro; her uncle, Eddy Chibas, who was the frontrunner for the Cuban presidency in 1951 before committing suicide during a live radio broadcast; and her mother, Dalia Chibas, Miss Cuba runner-up in 1959. Zigzagging through her own stories and key episodes in the history of her illustrious family, Chibas gives an impassioned, live-wire performance that is propelled by her near-death experience in the Venezuelan Amazon.  This production is part of the Cultural Fringes celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Miami Book Fair International.

Michelle Ellsworth / THE OBJECTIFICATION OF THINGS
8:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, November 21 - 22, 2008, Byron Carlyle Theater, 500 71st Street, Miami Beach

The Objectification of Things is part performance art, part ritual and part techno extravaganza. Co-commissioned by Miami Dade College, its purpose is to illuminate the importance and impact mere objects have in our lives and to give something back to them.  Too often “things” are dismissed as soulless or inanimate.  To these familiar charges, Ellsworth reminds us that no person or animal has the reliability and predictability of most objects. Ellsworth is an engaging performer, fusing written text, music, built sculptures, projected images and video installations with other technology.

The Living Word Project / Marc Bamuthi Joseph - the break/s
8:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, February 20 - 21, 2009, William & Joan Lehman Theater at MDC North Campus, 11380 N.W. 27th Ave., Miami

the break/s is a multimedia excursion across planet Hip-Hop, presented in verse, dance and film, which dramatically realizes the living history of the hip-hop generation through the performed personal narrative of poet Marc Bamuthi Joseph. the break/s features Joseph’s remarkable range of movement and method, and is influenced by Jeff Chang’s Can’t Stop Won’t Stop, a 2005 American Book Award winner.  Along with DJ EXCESS and percussionist Tommy Shepherd, Joseph continues to explore thematic ideas of cultural identity, manhood and the struggle against stereotype that he has mined for years, and brings these investigations into a global arena. 

Keo Woolford / I LAND
8:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 20 – 21, 2009, The Colony Theater, 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach

Hilarious, defiant and transcendent all at once, I LAND weaves together traditional Hawaiian hula, Hip-Hop, Hawaiian talk story and spoken word.  I LAND is acclaimed actor and hula dancer Keo Woolford’s moving search for the meaning of heritage in a post-modern world.  In this semi-autobiographical journey, Woolford navigates the many worlds where hula lives—from back yard parties to Hollywood kitsch, to the realm of the sacred.  Along the way, islands, separated by geography and culture, collide.  I LAND was awarded the 2007 Outstanding Solo Performance of the Year, given by the Los Angeles Stage Scene.
 
An Evening with Branford Marsalis & Musicians
8:00 p.m. Saturday, April 4, 2009, Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, 174 E. Flagler Street, Miami

Known for his innovative spirit and broad musical scope, saxophonist Branford Marsalis is equally at home on the stages of the world's greatest jazz clubs and classical halls.  In almost ten years together, Marsalis’ group, which features Jeff “Tain” Watts, Eric Revis, and Joey Calderazzo has developed and uncanny musical rapport, evolving from a tradition-centric unit into one of the most adventurous groups in hard-core jazz.  Branford Marsalis is the recipient of three GRAMMY Awards, and continues to exercise and expand his skills as an instrumentalist, composer, and the head of his own label, Marsalis Music, a venture that allows him to produce both his own projects and those of the jazz world’s most promising new and established artists.
 
The Cultura del Lobo Performance Series is an initiative of Miami Dade College, through the Cultural Affairs Department. It was originally conceived as a play on the name of our downtown campus (Wolfson) and the adventurous spirit of our programs, and has a celebrated history of featuring international and culturally specific work, both traditional and contemporary, which would not otherwise be seen in this region.       

Low-cost group tickets and free tickets are available to selected organizations for every performance.
 
For more information contact: MDC Cultural Affairs Department at (305) 237-3010.

Media-only contacts:
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