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Miami (Feb. 1, 2019) – Culture Shock Miami presents Mayumana “Currents,” an electrifying dance performance inspired by the historical “battle of currents” between Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla in their quest for finding energy sources for the world. The performance will take place on Friday, February 15, at 8 p.m. at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (SMDCAC).

Founded in 1996 by Elyon Nuphar and Boaz Berman in Tel Aviv, Mayumana has become one of Israel’s leading cultural exports. The troupe has entertained millions of people around the world with a cast comprised of an international roster of dancer-performers with diverse talents from more than 20 different nationalities. Originally created for the Jerusalem Light Festival, “Currents” features acrobatics, pounding body percussion and specialty instruments set against impressive videos and laser light effects – an exhilarating symphony of power, light and rhythm.

Culture Shock Miami will offer a free performance for local Miami-Dade Public School students on Friday, February 15. In addition, dance students will have the opportunity to take a masterclass with Mayumana artists on Thursday, February 14. Both outreach activities are set to take place at SMDCAC.

Prior to the Friday night performance, former Miami Herald dance critic Jordan Levin will moderate a “Dance Talk” panel with Mayumana’s co-founder and artistic director, Boaz Berman, at 6:30 p.m. at SMDCAC’s Lab Theater, this event is free and open to the general public. Following the show, Levin will return to the stage to conduct a post-performance discussion with the audience.

Tickets for teens and young adults (ages 13-22) are $5 through Culture Shock Miami, the Department of Cultural Affairs’ young audience development program, which offers tickets to performances, museums and cultural attractions around Miami-Dade County. For each ticket purchased for a teen or young adult within the eligible age range (13-22), a second ticket may be purchased for someone of any age to join them. Culture Shock Miami tickets are only available online at CultureShockMiami.com. A teen or young adult between the ages of 13-22 must be present with proof of age and email confirmations to pick up tickets at will call on the day of the performance. Regular-priced tickets for the general public ($20-$45) may be purchased at smdcac.org or by calling the venue’s box office (786) 573-5300.

About Culture Shock Miami

Culture Shock Miami, the audience development program of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, is designed to introduce the next generation of audience members to live arts and cultural experiences at the age when they are beginning to make their own entertainment decisions. Based on research that shows most people begin their appreciation for the arts at a young age, Culture Shock Miami is founded on the premise that when teens and young adults make the arts a regular entertainment choice, they are more likely to become full-price ticket buyers and subscribers in the future. Through its website, CultureShockMiami.com, the program offers teens and young adults (ages 13-22), $5 tickets to top music, theatre, and dance performances, as well as admission to museums, landmarks, and cultural destinations in and around Miami-Dade County. With the purchase of one $5 ticket for a 13-22 year old, a second $5 ticket can be purchased for someone of any age to accompany them. Culture Shock Miami Presents has been recognized with a 2018 Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo). For more information about this exciting program, call 305-375-1949 or contact Christina Tassy-Beauvoir at Christina.Tassy-Beauvoir@miamidade.gov or Mary-Margaret Dale at Mary-Margaret.Dale@miamidade.gov, For up-to-date information about the program, sign up for its weekly newsletter and follow @CultureShockMia on social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.)

About South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center

The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center is managed by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, with funding support from the Office of the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.  The Center is dedicated to presenting and supporting arts and culture and providing access to the arts to the entire Miami-Dade County community. More information about the Center and its programs can be found at www.smdcac.org.

It is the policy of Miami-Dade County to comply with all of the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  The facility is accessible and assistive listening devices are available in the Main Stage Auditorium and the Black Box Theater space. To request materials in accessible format, and/or any accommodation to attend an event at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, please contact Stephanie Aponte, 786-573-5314, saponte@miamidade.gov, at least five days in advance to initiate your request. TTY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).

About Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs
The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council develop cultural excellence, diversity and participation throughout Miami-Dade County by strategically creating and promoting opportunities for artists and cultural organizations, and our residents and visitors who are their audiences. Through staff, board and programmatic resources, the Department, the Council and the Trust promote, coordinate and support Miami-Dade County’s more than 1,000 not-for-profit cultural organizations as well as thousands of resident artists through grants, technical assistance, public information and interactive community planning. The Department receives funding through the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, The Children’s Trust, the National Endowment for the Arts, the State of Florida through the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Other support and services are provided by TicketWeb for the Culture Shock Miami program, the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, the South Florida Cultural Consortium and the Tourist Development Council. For more information, follow the department on social media (Facebook and Twitter.)

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