MDC Live Arts Offers a Mind-Bending Theater Experience

Miami, March 21, 2016 – Miami Dade College’s (MDC) MDC Live Arts performing arts series welcomes back the wildly inventive Chilean theater company, Teatro Cinema, at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at the Colony Theatre. The company will present Historia de Amor (Love Story), the final work in a trilogy on the subject of love, based on a graphic novel by Regis Jauffret.

The cutting-edge Teatro Cinema virtually escapes the confines of theater, using film technique, special effects, mirrors, digital imaging, and highly stylized sets to create the illusion of travelling through time and space. Live performers insert themselves into filmed and photographed backdrops and interact with illustrated stills and animations inspired by graphic novels, immersing audiences in the world that is being created.

In Historia de Amor, the company applies these techniques to tell a story that addresses the thin line between reason and madness, love and domination. An English teacher abducts a young woman and turns her into his victim, concubine and mother. He takes over her life in multiple ways, leaving her with no choice but to accept her situation and turn inward for solace.The comic-book aesthetic and black-and-white palette highlight the fragmented, solitary psyches of the woman and her captor with more nuance than theater or film alone could.

“The technical ingenuity in what they do is undeniably immense” –The Guardian

“I remain in awe of the company’s unparalleled creativity and technical prowess,” said MDC Live Arts Executive Director Kathryn Garcia.”We are thrilled  to welcome them back to Miami where they will surely influence future theater makers and audiences with their distinctive technique and style.”

Leading up to their performance, the Teatro Cinema company will offer a mullti-day workshop to Teatro Prometeo students at MDC’s Wolfson Campus. The residency will be an instensive look in to the company’s technique—from storyboarding to content to staging and direction.


Teatro Cinema was founded in 1987 by puppeteer Jaime Lorca, performer-designer Laura Pizarro, and writer-director Juan Carlos Zagal. They explain they chose their company’s original name “La Troppa” (The Troop) to suggest “a troop of artists marching across the demolished horizons of the cultural decay that our country had been pushed to.” The group toured extensively as La Troppa with El Santo Patrono (1987), Salmon-Voodoo (1988), Rap del Quijote (1989), Pinocchio (1991), Lobo (1992), Viaje al Centro de la Tierra (1995), Gemelos (1999), and Jesús Betz (2003). In 2005 it was renamed Teatrocinema to highlight the way its diverse artists unite theater and cinema. Historia de Amor is part of a trilogy that includes Sin Sangre (Without Blood, 2007) and El hombre que daba de beber a las mariposas (The Man Who Fed Butterflies, 2010), which toured to Lincoln Center Festival; Théâtre de la Ville and Odeón; Teatro San Martín, Buenos Aires; Piccolo Teatro, Milan; and festivals in Avignon, Bogotá, Berlin, Edinburgh, Guanajuato, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro, and Vienna. Juan Carlos Zagal and Laura Pizarro were both born in Santiago and trained at the Catholic University of Chile. Zagal is director, performer, writer, and composer for Teatro Cinema. Pizarro was a performer, writer, and director for their work as La Troppa and is art director and designer for Teatro Cinema.


MDC Live Arts is Miami’s most eclectic performing arts series—celebrating 25 years this season! Created in 1990 as Cultura del Lobo, MDC Live Arts has an illustrious 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 are made possible with the generous support of: Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council; the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; the Miami-Dade County Tourism Development Council; the National Endowment for the Arts; the City of Miami Beach Department of Tourism and Cultural Development, Office of Cultural Affairs, the Miami Beach Mayor and City Commissioners; the Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America program, Miami Dade County Cultural Passport in partnership with Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, Miami Dade County Public Schools, and the Foundation for New Education Initiative; the Miami Downtown Development Authority; and John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. MDC Live Arts is an NPN Partner of the National Performance Network (NPN). Major contributors include the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The performance is in Spanish with English supertitles. It contains adult content and language and is not suitable for younger audiences.

To purchase tickets, and learn more about the MDC Live Arts Season, call 305-237-3010 or visit Tickets are $25/ MDC Students $10

MDC Live Arts Contact: Alexa Burneikis, Marketing Manager, 305-237-7733,, or Jose Boza, 786-326-7988,