Miami, July 29, 2016 – The 18th Annual IFE-ILE Afro-Cuban Dance Festival, August 11 – 13, will get South Florida dancing once again to the sweet rhythms of Cuba. The festival is a celebration of Afro-Cuban culture through dance and music, featuring workshops, panel discussion, live performances, after parties, and the premiere of the new choreography Ciudad de Orishas (City of Orishas). All events will take place at Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Koubek Center, 2705 S.W. 3rd St.
Founded by world-renowned choreographer and dancer Neri Torres through her non-profit organization, IFE-ILE Afro-Cuban Dance Company, the festival welcomes everyone, from novices to professionals, to participate in a variety of classes and workshops over the course of three days, including son, salsa, rueda, rumba (guaguanco, columbia & Yambu), Gaga from the Eastern part of Cuba, orishas, reggaeton, and Afro-Modern, among other dance disciplines.
Afro-Cuban traditions have impacted music, fashion, visual arts, literature, and dance through rich mythology and cosmogony. This year’s festival centers on the fusion of Santeria traditions in urban settings as a testament of the continuous influx of the Cuban exodus for more than 50 years. In addition, there will be a panel discussion, Cuban Modern Dance: A Tribute to Victor Cuellar, dedicated to the late Cuban choreographer Victor Cuellar. IFE-ILE musicians will perform following the panel.
Choreographed by Torres, Ciudad de Orishas will premiere at 8 p.m. on Saturday, August 13. This special performance uses a narrative from Afro-Cuban mythology about the inequality that money creates in society and moves the action of its characters (the orishas/deities Eleggua, Ogun, Oshun and Yemaya) to a city today. The piece features IFE-ILE dancers and musicians in collaboration with guests artists Afro-House singers Frank Oba Lords, Katiahashe, DJ Soulistk and N-go Lords. Meet the artists after the performance at the theater lobby.
About IFE-ILE Afro-Cuban Dance Company
IFE-ILE is a 2014 Knight Arts Challenge grant winner, awarded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Established in 1996, IFE-ILE presents Miami’s only annual Afro-Cuban dance festival. As a non-profit organization, it is dedicated to the preservation, promotion and cultivation of Afro-Cuban culture and folklore through the performing arts. Its mission is to develop cross-cultural understanding and educate local communities and visitors through traditional and contemporary dances, live music, festivals, lectures, workshops, and master classes. For more information, visit www.ife-ile.org.
Tickets for workshops: Single workshops are $20 each; one-day pass from $105 – $120; two-day pass is $210. Tickets for Ciudad de Orishas: $20 general admission; $15 for seniors and students.
To register, or for more information about the Festival, please call Neri Torres at 786-704-8609, or visit www.ife-ile.org. Follow IFE-ILE: Twitter @IFEILE | Instagram @ifeiledance | www.facebook.com/ifeiledance.