MDC Live Arts Announces Radical 2018-19 Season

Focus on Women, Immigrants & Innovators

Miami, Aug. 29, 2018 – Miami Dade College’s (MDC) MDC Live Arts, Miami’s most eclectic performing arts series, announces its 2018-19 season, dedicated to and representing strong women, immigrants and innovators. The season’s artists include voices of resistance, examiners of history and explorers of future. Their works—theatre, music, dance and predominantly multidisciplinary—highlight or break the bounds, boundaries, borders and boxes that often define and/or confine us.

The lineup features performances that re-tell mythical/historical womens’ narratives with new perspective. The season opener, The Black Queen, revisits the story of the medieval Queen Barbara of Celje, whose intelligence and powerful rule was rewritten by her enemies as a tale of  witchcraft and vampirism; La Medea, the Greek tragedy reimagined as an interactive Latin-disco variety show; and the Fourth Light, an immersive tribute to the first female Sufi mystic and poet, led by Persian electroacoustic duo Niyaz team up with interactive design artist Jerome Delapierre.

The season also showcases musicians who preserve their traditional music by advancing it, such as Syrian wedding singer-turned-dance music sensation, Omar Souleyman, and Mauritanian griot-gone- experimental, Noura Mint Seymali.

Also represented are  mesmerizing storytellers who convey the human experience— whether they are talking about war, gentrification or soccer. The Combat Hippies’ AMAL is a theater piece that draws parralels between veterans and civilans;  Penny Arcade’s  Longing Lasts Longer, a hopeful critique of NYC’s changing landscape, and /peh-LO-tah/, a multidimensional  theater specatular linking soccer to global economics, migration patters and more.

Lastly, it debuts all-new works created from MDC Live Arts’ artist-in-residence program, the Live Arts Lab Alliance (LALA), including  Dov, a solo physical theater work exploring coming of age by Pioneer Winter, Claudio Marcotulli’s Blasting Pixels, a multimedia experience exploring the concept of memory; Laborers, a wordless play that embodies the choatic state of childbirth and motherhood by Ana Mendez; Rosie Herrera’s Cosquillas, a cabaret tapping into the glamour and humor of the Caribbean; The Stage Show, Adele Myer’s navigation of chemistry between artist and audience; and  The Black Queen, by Juraj Kojs.

“This promises to be a benchmark season for MDC Live Arts and Miami Dade College, committed to changemaking, innovation and democracy, ” said MDC Live Arts’ Executive Director, Kathryn Garcia.

MDC Live Arts 2018-19 Season:

The Black Queen
A sonic meditation and surreal encounter between dark myth and true spirit— retelling the story of a medieval queen whose life was rewritten by her enemies.
Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, at 8pm and Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, at 8pm
Live Arts Lab@ MDC Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Ave Miami Fl
$10 or LALA PASS (see all 3 MDC Live Arts Lab Alliance shows for $25)
Tickets/info at:  

Omar Souleyman
A Syrian wedding singer turned international music sensation, thanks to his wildly danceable repertoire of dabke and other Middle Eastern electronic folk-pop styles.
Co-presented with Rhythm Foundation.

Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, at 8pm
North Beach Bandshell
7275 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33141
$30 advance, $35 door
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La Medea
A Greek Tragedy Reimagined As A Latin-Disco Variety Show. This genre-bending musical is also a live simulcast and feature film that is directed, performed, shot and edited in real time.
Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, at 8pm; Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, at 8pm; Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, at 8pm
Sandrell Rivers Theater
6103 NW 7th Ave, Miami, FL 33127
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Penny Arcade: Longing Lasts Longer
Legendary avant-gardist and New York’s undisputed queen of the underground delivers a fierce, visionary and ultimately hopeful critique of NYC’s slide from the “city that never sleeps” to the “city that can’t wake up.”
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, at 8pm; Friday, Nov.9, 2018, at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, at 8 p.m.
Live Arts Lab @ MDC Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Ave Miami Fl
tickets/info at:

Dov & Blasting Pixels
A double bill of new multimedia/theatre works by MDC Live Arts Lab Alliance artists, Pioneer Winter and Claudio Marcotulli— one exploring coming of age, the other, the concept of memory.
Thursday, Feb.7, 2019, at 8 p.m. and Friday, Feb.8, 2019, at 8 p.m.
Live Arts Lab @ MDC Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Ave Miami Fl
LALA PASS (See all 3 MDC Live Arts Lab Alliance shows for $25)
tickets/info at:
NIYAZ: The Fourth Light
An immersive tribute to the first female Sufi mystic and poet by Persian electroacoustic duo Niyaz and renowned interactive design artist Jerome Delapierre.

Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, at 8 p.m.
Aventura Arts & Cultural Center
3385 NE 188th St Aventura, FL 33180
tickets/info at:
A futbol-framed freedom suite (by award-winning poet/performer Marc Bamuthi Joseph) that links the earth’s most democratic and popular sport to global economics, migration patterns and fan behavior.

Saturday, Mar. 2, 2019, at 8 p.m.
Lehman Theater, MDC North Campus Bldg 5
11380 NW 27th Ave Miami, FL 33167
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The Combat Hippies: AMAL
A spoken word theater piece drawing poignant parallels between veterans and refugees.
Co-presented with Miami-Dade County Auditorium
Friday, Mar. 29, 2019, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Mar. 30, 2019, at 8 p.m.
Miami-Dade County Auditorium
2901 W. Flagler St Miami FL, 33135
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Afro Roots World Music Fest: Noura Mint Seymali & More!
A Mauritanian griot and other female Afro-Futurist voices TBA.
Co-presented with Rhythm Foundation and Community Arts & Culture

Saturday, Apr.6, 2019 at 8pm
North Beach Bandshell
7275 Collins Ave Miami Beach, FL 33141
$30 advance | $35 door
tickets/info at:

Laborers/ The Stage Show/ Cosquillas
A trio of dance-focused MDC Live Arts Lab artists (Ana Mendez, Adele Meyers, Rosie Herrera) reveal new works about childbirth, artist-audience interaction and glamour, respectively.
Thursday, May 9, 2019, at 8 p.m. and Friday, May 10, 2019, at 8pm
Live Arts Lab ,  300 NE 2nd Ave Miami Fl
$10 or LALA PASS (See all 3 Live Arts Lab Alliance shows for $25)
tickets/info at:

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To purchase tickets, and learn more about the 2018-19 MDC Live Arts Season, call 305-237-3010, or visit

MDC Live Arts is Miami’s most eclectic performing arts series. Created in 1990 as Cultura del Lobo, MDC Live Arts has a celebrated history of bringing extraordinary national and international performing artists to Miami. The annual series presents today’s most exciting artists and designs meaningful engagement between these artists, the students of MDC, and the greater community. MDC Live Arts seeks artists from across the globe who push boundaries and honor traditions relevant to Miami’s diverse community and aims to offer audiences opportunities to discover new ideas, perspectives and forms of expression. For more information, please visit

The programs of MDC Live Arts Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council; the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; City of Miami Beach, Cultural Affairs Program, Cultural Arts Council; the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; the National Endowment for the Arts; National Performance Network (NPN); the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Project, with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; and the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art’s Building Bridges Program. The Building Bridges Program is the grant-making arm of the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, which is an extension of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The program supports national efforts to advance relationships, increase understanding, and reduce bias between Muslim and non-Muslim communities. The mission of DDFIA is to promote the study, understanding and appreciation of Muslim arts and cultures. For more information, please visit DDCF.ORG MDC Live Arts is a Partner of the National Performance Network (NPN). Major NPN contributors include the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Amal is a National Performance Network/Visual Artists Network (NPN/VAN) Creation & Development Fund Project co-commissioned by MDC Live Arts in partnership with Su Teatro, MACLA and NPN/ VAN. For more information: NPNWEB.ORG

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