SOUTH MIAMI-DADE CULTURAL ARTS CENTER ANNOUNCES
MIAMI (July 27, 2018) – Entering its eighth season of providing quality entertainment to the communities of South Florida, the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (SMDCAC) proudly announces the lineup of offerings in the performing arts and film for 2018-2019. This season, SMDCAC continues to provide a Main Stage Series, Cabaret Series, Dance Series, Family Series, Comic Cure Series, Indie Flicks Series and outdoor events and concerts.
Highlights of the season include two national touring Broadway productions of RENT and Legally Blonde, as well as other theater productions catering to young audiences, including a Family Series for children and Culture Shock Miami productions for teenagers ($5 tickets for students ages 13-22). Families won’t want to miss the Zoppé, An Italian Family Circus, which will take place inside an authentic circus tent top on the Center’s concert lawn.
The Center’s commitment to presenting the highest quality contemporary dance that speaks to South Florida’s diverse cultures has made the SMDCAC Dance Series one of the best in the Southeast. This season, the Center once again brings leading national and international troupes with profound connections to our unique community: exciting Hispanic artists, powerful Israeli troupes, a legendary African-American ballet company, and a Miami-based ballet company.
A thrilling and eclectic series of music concerts are also scheduled including a performance by world music star Anoushka Shankar. An Indian sitar player and composer, Shankar has expanded her famous father Ravi Shankar’s legacy of crossing cultural and musical borders, with six Grammy nominations and collaborations with the world’s leading classical orchestras and pop artists as diverse as Sting, M.I.A., Herbie Hancock, and her half-sister Norah Jones. The Center also presents three concerts by local choral legends Seraphic Fire as well as other exciting music concerts of jazz, gypsy swing, klezmer and folk music on both the Main Stage and intimate Cabaret Black Box Theater.
The annual FREE Backyard Bash season kick-off event on Oct. 20 features live music on the Center’s outside Concert Lawn. Food trucks will be there and attendees may bring lawn chairs and blankets. Patrons may also pick up information on the upcoming season and tour the facility. No coolers are permitted.
The Center offers a Subscription where patrons can create their own package of main stage performances and receive up to a 20 percent discount. In addition, the theater offers a Dance Package with 25 percent off on dance shows and a Cabaret Package with 20 percent off on the Cabaret Series (applied to select performances). Subscriptions and Packages go on sale Aug. 28 and Single Tickets go on sale Sept. 4. Tickets can be purchased at SMDCAC.org or by calling the Box Office at 786-573-5300. The Center is located at 10950 SW 211 Street, Cutler Bay.
For a complete schedule of performances see the listing below or visit SMDCAC.org.
SMDCAC Schedule of Events (in date order)
• TURNING 15 ON THE ROAD TO FREEDOM
Saturday, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. - Main Stage
A powerful dramatization of the inspiring true story of Lynda Blackmon, a teenage civil rights heroine who fought alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. and was jailed nine times before her 15th birthday. Presented by Culture Shock Miami and sponsored by the South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center.
• FREE BACKYARD BASH
Saturday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. – Concert Lawn
Our annual season kick-off is one of the best parties in Miami, a free, family friendly celebration of culture, community and music. Relax on the Concert Lawn, listen to great live music performances, and enjoy craft brews and delicious eats.
• SERAPHIC FIRE WITH AMERICAN BRASS QUINTET (Subscription Series)
Sunday, Oct. 21 at 4 p.m. – Main Stage
Miami’s beloved, multi- GRAMMY® nominated classical vocal ensemble joins the American Brass Quintet, “the high priests of brass,” to explore a rich Spanish tradition of music celebrating the Camino de Santiago - the ancient old world route of religious pilgrims.
• KIBBUTZ CONTEMPORARY DANCE COMPANY
(Subscription Series, Dance Package)
Saturday, Oct. 27 at 8 p.m. - Main Stage
Fostered in a close-knit creative village in Northern Israel, the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company’s thrilling physicality and powerful theatricality have brought them to leading venues around the world.
• FLAMENCO PURO (Cabaret Package)
Saturday, Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. – Black Box
Sunday, Nov. 4 at 3:30 p.m. – Black Box
Join Clarita Filgueiras and her Flamenco Puro Dance Company for “Flamenco Voices,” a celebration of flamenco’s unfettered soul and passionate individuality.
• LULO REINHARDT & DANIEL STELTER (Cabaret Package)
Saturday, Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. – Black Box
Guitarist Lulo Reinhardt carries on the legacy of his grand uncle, legendary gypsy jazz artist Django Reinhardt, adding flamenco, Latin music and American swing to the family tradition in multiple recordings and tours. He’s joined by Daniel Stelter, one of Europe’s most in-demand jazz guitarists, on red-hot renditions of jazz classics and original fusion.
• DIMENSIONS DANCE THEATRE OF MIAMI: BALLET: BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL
(Subscription Series, Dance Package)
Saturday, Nov. 17 at 8 p.m. – Main Stage
Sunday, Nov. 18 at 3 p.m. – Main Stage
Miami’s youthful, acclaimed new classical dance troupe returns from its New York City debut for an exciting second season at SMDCAC.
• DECADES REWIND (Guest Presenter)
Saturday, Nov. 24 at 8 p.m. – Main Stage
A multi-media concert experience celebrating the greatest hits of the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s.
• THE NUTCRACKER PERFORMED BY MIAMI YOUTH BALLET
Friday, Nov. 30 at 8 p.m. – Main Stage
Saturday, Dec.1 at 8 p.m. – Main Stage
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the enchanting dance story of a little girl and her Nutcracker Prince, who overcome the malevolent Mouse King to journey to a fantastical Land of Sweets.
• A SERAPHIC FIRE CHRISTMAS
Sunday, Dec. 16 at 4 p.m. – Main Stage
Seraphic Fire will fill you with the spirit of the season, singing beloved traditional English carols and mystical Gregorian chants.
• SWAN LAKE (Guest Presenter)
Friday, Jan. 4 at 7:30 p.m. – Main Stage
The quintessential classical ballet is a heartbreaking story of a heroic prince who strives to free a beautiful swan maiden from an evil spell.
• LIVE IN CENTRAL PARK [Revisited]: SIMON & GARFUNKEL
FEATURING LEE LESSACK AND JOHNNY ROGERS (Subscription Series)
Sunday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. – Main Stage
A re-creation of Simon & Garfunkel’s iconic 1981 concert in New York’s Central Park. Veteran Broadway singers and entertainers Johnny Rogers and Lee Lessack, who’ve collaborated with the likes of Liza Minnelli and Michael Feinstein, will perform the legendary duo’s full set list.
• BRIA SKONBERG QUARTET (Subscription Series)
Saturday, Jan. 19 at 8 p.m. – Main Stage
Incandescent young singer, songwriter and trumpeter Bria Skonberg has been called the “shining hope of hot jazz” (New York Times) and one of the “most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation” (Wall Street Journal.)
• SERAPHIC FIRE: AFRICAN-AMERICAN SPIRITUALS (Subscription Series)
Sunday, Jan. 20 at 4 p.m. – Main Stage
Soar with Seraphic Fire’s soul-stirring performance of African-American spirituals.
• DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM: THE RETURN OF THE BLACK BALLERINA
(Subscription Series, Dance Package)
Saturday, Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. – Main Stage
Sunday, Jan. 27 at 3 p.m. – Main Stage
The groundbreaking black classical dance troupe, whose visit last season - after a nearly 20-year absence - was such a powerful artistic and community event, returns to the Center.
• SULTANS OF STRING (Cabaret Package)
Friday, Feb. 1 at 8:30 p.m. – Black Box
The globe hopping ensemble Sultans of Swing combine Celtic, flamenco, Middle Eastern, gypsy jazz and Cuban music for a fiery, infectious sound.
• FARRUQUITO (Subscription Series, Dance Package)
Co-Presented by FUNDarte
Saturday, Feb. 2 at 8 p.m. – Main Stage
Farruquito has been consistently acclaimed as one of flamenco’s greatest performers, a dance artist of breathtaking power, virtuosity, and passion whom the New York Times dubbed “an eagle in flight.”
• HAROLD LOPEZ-NUSSA TRIO (Cabaret Package)
Saturday, Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. – Black Box
Havana native Harold Lopez-Nussa, part of a new generation of superb Cuban jazz pianists, combines classical rigor and Afro-Cuban roots, inspired by his island’s rich musical legacy and the freedom of American jazz.
• GOSPELFEST 2019
Co-presented by the Black Affairs Advisory Board of Miami-Dade County
Sunday, Feb. 10 at 5 p.m. – Main Stage
Celebrate Black History Month and let your spirits soar with Gospelfest, an inspirational afternoon of music for the soul. Featuring nationally known gospel artists and beloved performers from South Florida’s faith and community ensembles.
• MAYUMANA: CURRENTS (Dance Package)
Friday, Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. – Main Stage
The dynamic Israeli troupe Mayumana in a dazzling spectacle representing the historic clash between Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla over the creation of electric power. Presented by Culture Shock Miami and sponsored by the South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center.
• ISLE OF KLEZBOS (Cabaret Package)
Saturday, Feb. 16 at 8:30 p.m. – Black Box
The superb, all-female Isle of Klezbos’ genre-and-gender-bending takes on klezmer, the exuberant, horn-and-fiddle powered, old world Jewish-fusion dance music.
• B – THE UNDERWATER BUBBLE SHOW (Family Series)
Friday, Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. – Main Stage
A magical under-the-sea journey for the whole family! Join Mr. B as he escapes to fantastical Bubblelandia, where mermaids, acrobats and giant sharks cavort amidst an endless ocean of bubbles.
• CHRISTOPHER DEAN BAND (Cabaret Package)
Saturday, Feb. 23 at 8:30 p.m. – Black Box
A veteran blues group honed by constant touring, the Christopher Dean Band plays originals, classic blues and R&B favorites by the likes of BB King and Marvin Gaye.
• MARTHA REDBONE’S BONE HILL – THE CONCERT (Cabaret Package)
Friday, Mar. 1 at 8:30 p.m. – Black Box
Saturday, Mar. 2 at 8:30 p.m. – Black Box
Americana singer-songwriter Martha Redbone drew on the story of her own Kentucky family for this theatrical song cycle exploring the fraught, hidden history of African-Americans and Native Americans in Appalachia.
• DIMENSIONS DANCE THEATRE OF MIAMI: INTIMATE SALON PERFORMANCE III
Saturday, Mar. 2 at 3:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. – Lab Theater
Sunday, Mar. 3 at 3:30 p.m. – Lab Theater
Take a creative journey with Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami’s popular salon series, a first look at new works by some of South Florida’s most talented young choreographers.
• LEGALLY BLONDE (Subscription Series)
Saturday, Mar. 9 at 3 p.m. & 8 p.m. – Main Stage
The official national tour of the Broadway show “Legally Blonde – The Musical comes to South Miami-Dade.” Based on the hit movie, the ultimate theatrical tribute to Girl Power!
• BURLESQUE AVANT-GARDE
Friday, Mar. 15 at 8:30 p.m. – Black Box
Saturday, Mar. 16 at 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. – Black Box
Explore the dark side of sensuality with this sultry, edgy burlesque show from Erika Moon Productions.
• ANOUSHKA SHANKAR: (Subscription Series)
Co-Presented by The Rhythm Foundation
Sunday, Mar. 17 at 7 p.m. – Main Stage
A singular world music pioneer, the Indian sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar has expanded her famous father Ravi Shankar’s legacy of crossing cultural and musical borders, with six Grammy nominations and collaborations with the world’s leading classical orchestras and pop artists.
• SVETLANA & THE DELANCEY FIVE (Cabaret Package)
Saturday, Mar. 23 at 8:30 p.m. – Black Box
Put on your dancing shoes and head over for a night of irresistibly swinging jazz. Led by Svetlana’s “once in a lifetime voice” (Aquarian Weekly).
• Zoppé, AN ITALIAN FAMILY CIRCUS (Family Series)
Friday, Mar. 22 at 7 p.m. – Concert Lawn
Saturday, Mar. 23 at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. & 7 p.m. – Concert Lawn
Sunday, Mar. 24 at 1 p.m. & 4 p.m. – Concert Lawn
If you’re longing for some Big Top fun, join us for this captivating 175-year-old European circus, run by the Zoppé family for eight generations.
• KAT EDMONSON (Cabaret Package)
Saturday, Mar. 30 at 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. – Black Box
At once dreamy and seductive, poignant and buoyant, singer and songwriter Kat Edmonson’s “vintage pop” draws from the Great American Songbook, classic cabaret, and the silvery, smoky likes of Blossom Dearie.
• BALLET HISPANICO (Subscription Series, Dance Package)
Saturday, Apr. 6 at 8 p.m. – Main Stage
This storied New York troupe has been showcasing Latino culture and choreographers for 45 years.
• RENT (Subscription Series)
Saturday, Apr. 13 at 8 p.m. – Main Stage
Sunday, Apr. 14 at 3 p.m. – Main Stage
The Pulitzer and Tony winning Broadway musical returns on its official 20th anniversary national tour.
• SHH! WE HAVE A PLAN (Family Series)
Saturday, Apr. 20 at 1 p.m. – Main Stage
Based on an award-winning children’s book, Shh! We Have a Plan follows three determined characters as they plot to capture a beautiful bird.
• ONE NIGHT OF QUEEN (Subscription Series)
Saturday, Apr. 27 at 8 p.m. – Main Stage
Gary Mullen and the Works have been keeping the music and showmanship of classic rockers Queen and their legendary front man Freddie Mercury alive since 2002, wowing audiences around the world with powerful renditions.
• 13TH ANNUAL FREE ALL KIDS INCLUDED FAMILY ARTS FESTIVAL
Co-Presented with the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs with support from the Children’s Trust.
Saturday, May 4 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. – All Venues
Our annual All Kids Included Family Arts Festival is a wonderful day of activities and cultural experiences for children with and without disabilities, welcoming everyone to the enchanting, creative world of the arts.
• NICOLAS BEARDE: A TRIBUTE TO THE MUSIC OF LOU RAWLS (Cabaret Package)
Saturday, May 11 at 8:30 p.m. – Black Box
Recording artist Nicolas Bearde recreates the life and music of R&B star and entertainer Lou Rawls.
COMIC CURE – Comedy Series
A popular Comedy Series returns to our Black Box Theater with six stand-out performances happening at 8:30p.m..
• Saturday, Nov. 17 – Miami: A Very Funny History
• Saturday, Jan. 12 – Black Laughs Matter
• Friday, Feb. 22 – Latin Laughs
• Friday, Mar. 29 – No Strings Attached
• Saturday, Apr. 6 – Rockin’ with Laughter
• Friday, May 10 – Magically Funny
… select Friday nights at 8:30 p.m.
A unique series returns with the best of independent film, presenting powerful documentaries, thought-provoking stories and exciting new visions.
• Friday, Sept. 14 – Dark Money
• Friday, Oct. 1 – Armed With Faith
• Friday, Nov. 16 – Inventing Tomorrow
• Friday, Feb. 8 – 93Queen
• Friday, Mar. 22 – United Skates
• Friday, Apr. 26 – Breaking the Bee
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, at least five days in advance to initiate your request. TTY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).