MIAMI (September 11, 2019) – The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center is bringing an electric inventory of cultural programming to South Florida with its 2019-2020 season. Iconic performances include the Broadway national tour of “The Color Purple”; Meat Loaf’s production “BAT” featuring his band, The Neverland Express, and American Idol-winner Caleb Johnson; The Naked Musicians, an Australian duo that performs magic tricks in the near-nude; and “Choir of Man”, an internationally recognized singing group that guests will even be able to join on stage for a pre-show drink.
Celebrating its ninth season, SMDCAC is renowned for bringing a diverse selection of performances to its main stage that appeal to all patrons. Dance enthusiasts will experience nationally and internationally recognized companies, including “America’s Got Talent” acts, a powerful tango duo, and a Miami-based ballet company. Meanwhile, those with a taste for eccentric, visual presentations will enjoy performances from renowned acrobats, illusionists and magicians.
In addition to its main-stage lineup, the Center will also have programming in its Black Box and Lab Theaters, which will play host to the intimate performances of rising jazz stars, instrumentalists and dancers.
To kick off the season, SMDCAC is hosting its FREE Backyard Bash event on October 12, which features live music, food trucks and more. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets, pick up information on the upcoming season, and tour the facility.
For young audiences, SMDCAC is offering an exclusive lineup of performances through its Family Series. The Center is also continuing to partner with Culture Shock Miami, the County’s young audience development program that offers $5 tickets to performances, museums and cultural attractions around Miami-Dade County productions for young adults.
To experience this season to the fullest, patrons are encouraged to take advantage of the Center’s Subscription, which allows them to also 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 August 13 and single tickets go on sale August 27. 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. Photos of all performances can also be found here.
SMDCAC Schedule of Events (in date order)
• SHANE KOYCZAN
Saturday, Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. - Main Stage
A spoken word superstar, Shane Koyczan’s mesmerizing performances of his powerful poems have taken him around the world and garnered millions of views online, from YouTube to TED Talks. A down-to-earth “creative hurricane” (Vancouver Sun), Koyczan confronts bullying and loneliness in fierce and musical poems that are sad, funny, and ultimately uplifting.
• FREE BACKYARD BASH
Saturday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. – Concert Lawn
The SMDCAC’s annual season kickoff is a FREE, family-friendly celebration of culture, community and music that will feature Classic Albums Live’s recreation of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ classic album “Damn the Torpedoes,” playing beloved hits like “Refugee” and “Don’t Do Me Like That.” Enjoy great music, craft beer and delicious food.
• TANGO LOVERS: “I AM TANGO” (Subscription Series, Dance Package)
Saturday, Oct. 19 at 8 p.m. – Main Stage
An ensemble of superb dancers and musicians from Argentina and Uruguay in a multimedia dance spectacle that tells the story of tango, from its gritty dancehall origins to its dazzling, internationally celebrated present.
• MIAMI CITY BALLET SCHOOL PERFORMANCE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE (Family Series)
Saturday, Nov. 2 at 1 p.m. – Main Stage
This FREE performance will introduce patrons to the enchanting world of ballet from Miami’s world-famous classical dance company. Ballet for Young People features Miami City Ballet’s talented teenage pre-professional students dancing excerpts from the troupe’s repertoire.
• KATE DAVIS (Cabaret Package)
Saturday, Nov. 2 at 8:30 p.m. – Black Box Theater
Jazz darling and YouTube sensation Kate Davis started on violin at age five, moving on to media accolades and performances with Jazz at Lincoln Center and the likes of Ben Folds and Alison Krauss. But in her 20’s she turned from familiar accomplishments to writing deeply personal indie rock songs of identity, self-worth, loss and love – now featured on her debut album “Trophy.”
• MIAMI LYRIC OPERA: The Gala Opera Concert
Saturday, Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. – Main Stage
Featuring outstanding artists, chorus and orchestras interpreting the best moments from the most memorable operas.
• FLAMENCO PURO: “Flamencas en la Luz” (Cabaret Package)
Saturday, Nov. 9 at 7 & 9 p.m. – Black Box Theater
Sunday, Nov. 10 at 3:30 p.m. – Black Box Theater
Master flamenco artist and teacher Clarita Filgueiras takes you deep into the rich tradition of Spanish flamenco, with an accomplished performance of the diverse styles and rhythms of this uniquely passionate dance form. Accompanied by her troupe, Flamenco Puro, and a roster of superb musicians.
• DIMENSIONS DANCE THEATRE OF MIAMI: “Ballet Sculpture & Serenity”
(Subscription Series, Dance Package)
Saturday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. – Main Stage
The vibrant hometown classical troupe’s much anticipated fall show features their trademark range of exciting choreographic talent. On tap are the Main Stage premiere of company member Yanis-Eric Pikieris’ “Genus” (a favorite at last spring’s Salon Showcase); Ben Needham-Wood’s “Apollo & Daphne,” and the return of Tara Lee’s “Under the Olive Tree.”
• NELLA (Subscription Series)
Saturday, Nov. 23 at 8 p.m. – Main Stage
Nella is a Venezuelan native trained at the Berklee College of Music and a protégé of legendary flamenco artist/producer Javier Limon. She joins us on her first U.S. tour, bringing her luminous, soulful sound and a mix of original and Venezuelan and Andalusian folk songs from her debut solo album.
• MIAMI YOUTH BALLET: “The Nutcracker”
Friday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. – Main Stage
Saturday, Dec.7 at 8 p.m. – Main Stage
Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the enchanting story of a girl and her Nutcracker Prince, who overcome the Mouse King to journey to the Land of Sweets. Professional ballet stars join talented young dancers in Miami Youth Ballet’s beloved production.
• SERAPHIC FIRE HOLIDAY SHOW
Sunday, Dec. 22 at 4 p.m. – Main Stage
The beloved and acclaimed classical South Florida vocal ensemble performs favorite traditional carols and mystical chants in a concert that brings the spirit of the holiday season to dazzling musical life. The group has also been renowned as “gorgeous and joyous” by the South Florida Classical Review.
• NATIONAL BALLET THEATRE OF ODESSA: “Romeo and Juliet” (Guest Presenter)
Friday, Jan. 3 at 7:30 p.m. – Main Stage
Ukraine’s National Ballet Theatre of Odessa, historic home to some of Russian ballet’s most famous artists, performs Mikhail Lavrovsky’s balletic interpretation of Shakespeare’s timeless romantic tragedy, set to Prokofiev’s enthralling score.
• MEAT LOAF PRESENTS: BAT featuring The Neverland Express & Caleb Johnson (Subscription Series)
Saturday, Jan. 11 at 8 p.m. – Main Stage
Re-experience the greatest hits from one of classic rock’s unforgettable artists, as Meat Loaf’s original band, The Neverland Express, and American Idol winner Caleb Johnson let loose on take no prisoner classics like “Bat Out of Hell” and “Paradise by the Dashboard Light.” Presented by Meat Loaf and produced by his longtime musical director/guitarist/producer Paul Crook, this is authentic rock and roll for all ages.
• ALONZO KING LINES BALLET (Subscription Series, Dance Package)
Saturday, Jan. 18 at 8 p.m. – Main Stage
This San Francisco contemporary ballet troupe is renowned for its superb, diverse dancers and for artistic leader Alonzo King’s distinctive blend of expressive, cutting-edge choreography with classical beauty. They’ll perform “Common Ground,” a 2018 work set to new music commissioned by renowned modern string ensemble Kronos Quartet; and “Handel,” where the rich elegance of Baroque music comes to life in a graceful, complex composition of bodies.
• JOHN DAVERSA SEXTET (Cabaret Package)
Saturday, Jan. 18 at 8:30 p.m. – Black Box Theater
Fresh from winning three Grammys for the inspiring “American Dreamers” album in 2019, the celebrated jazz trumpet player, composer, bandleader and chair of studio music at the University of Miami Frost School of Music leads a sextet in selections from his albums “Junk Wagon”, “Artful Joy”, and “Wobbly Dance Flower.”
• THE NAKED MAGICIANS (Subscription Series)
Sunday, Jan. 19 at 6 p.m. – Main Stage
Prepare for full-frontal illusions, awesome physiques, and laughing until your face hurts. Hunky Australian duo Mike Tyler and Christopher Wayne (motto “good magicians don’t need sleeves, and great magicians don’t need pants”) unveil the boisterous R-rated magic show that has left millions of fans gasping from Las Vegas to London’s West End.
• RICHARD ELLIOT (Subscription Series)
Saturday, Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. – Main Stage
Jazz saxophonist Richard Elliot started out with legendary R&B fusion big band Tower of Power and has blown his horn for Motown stars like Smokey Robinson and The Temptations. Twenty albums later, Elliot and his band keep it funky with inspired originals and jazzy variations on 70’s funk, soul and R&B.
• ADELE MYERS AND DANCERS
Saturday, Jan. 25 at 3:30 & 7:30 p.m. – Lab Theater
Sunday, Jan. 26 at 3:30 p.m. – Lab Theater
Adele Myers and Dancers is a national touring contemporary dance theater company made up of female athletes of the heart. For more than a decade, AMD has been presented in over 50 venues throughout the U.S., and at the American Dance Festival and Bates Dance Festival.
• “THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN” (Family Series)
Sunday, Jan. 26 at 4 p.m. – Main Stage
A thought-provoking show for kids and parents based on Katherine Appleby’s bestselling, Newbery Medal winning children’s book, about the power of friendship, family, home, and daring to do what’s right.
• JASON BISHOP (Subscription Series, Family Series)
Saturday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. – Main Stage
Magic-maker Jason Bishop has been called the hottest illusionist of his generation, performing his awe-inducing original show at major venues across the U.S. and Europe and opening for stars like Drake and Kesha. His jaw-dropping repertoire ranges from stunning double levitations to startling sleight-of-hand, with a pop soundtrack and cutting-edge visual effects.
• IGOR BUTMAN QUINTET (Cabaret Package)
Friday, Feb. 7 at 8:30 p.m. – Black Box Theater
Saxophonist and jazz advocate, Igor Butman, bridges worlds with music and is admired in both countries for bringing jazz to Russia and Russian jazz to the world.
• THE HOT CLUB OF SAN FRANCISCO: “John, Paul, George, and Django”
Saturday, Feb. 8 at 7 & 9 p.m. – Black Box Theater
A veteran ensemble whose “scorching and often brilliant” (Acoustic Guitar) renditions of Django Reinhardt’s irresistibly swinging gypsy jazz have taken them from Iceland to Lincoln Center. Led by guitarist Paul Mehling and two-time Grammy winning violinist Evan Price, the group turns their virtuoso musicianship and seductive, shimmering energy to re-imagine Beatles classics like “All My Lovin”, “Fool On The Hil”l and “Hey Jude.”
• GINA CHAVEZ (Cabaret Package)
Saturday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. – Black Box Theater
A radiant, passionate performer and activist, Texas singer-songwriter Gina Chavez crosses musical and cultural boundaries. A 10-time Austin Music Award winner, Chavez’s bilingual, genre-blending Latin pop and gutsy voice have been a hit on Amazon, iTunes and NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series. Her latest album, “Lightbeam”, chronicles the coming out journey of falling in love with her wife.
• AJ CROCE IN “Croce Plays Croce” (Subscription Series)
Saturday, Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. – Main Stage
AJ Croce channels the spirit of his father, folk-rock icon Jim Croce, to play indelible hits like “Bad”, “Bad Leroy Brown”, “Operator”, “You Don’t Mess Around With Jim” and “Message in a Bottle” – which Croce, killed in a plane crash at age 30, wrote for his son. AJ adds songs from his own 25-year career, and covers of other American originals, like Bessie Smith and Leiber & Stoller, who inspired father and son.
• “SIN SALIDA”
A COLLABORATION BETWEEN UNION TANGUERA AND KATE WEARE COMPANY (Subscription Series, Dance Package)
Saturday, Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. – Main Stage
In “Sin Salida”, the adventurous Argentine-French tango troupe Union Tanguera and American contemporary choreographer Kate Weare create a riveting dance narrative around our most basic needs – to be together, and to be independent.
• CATAPULT (Family Series)
Sunday, Feb. 23 at 4 p.m. – Main Stage
Vaulting to fame on “America’s Got Talent”, Catapult uses gifted dancers and boundless imagination to create unique theatrical magic – shadow illusion storytelling that has captivated audiences from Africa to Europe to Las Vegas.
• PEKING ACROBATS (Subscription Series, Family Series)
Saturday, Feb. 29 at 3 p.m. & 8 p.m. – Main Stage
For more than 30 years, The Peking Acrobats’ acrobatic skills have enchanted audiences worldwide. The troupe usually performs at much larger venues - don’t miss this chance to see them up close.
• ALLAN HARRIS: “Long Live Nat King Cole”
Saturday, Feb. 29 at 8:30 p.m. – Black Box Theater
One of New York’s top jazz singers, Allan Harris, who was mentored by Tony Bennett, uses his uncanny vocal resemblance to jazz icon Nat King Cole to channel the master’s mellow sound and emotional elegance on classics like “My Funny Valentine” and “It’s Only A Paper Moon.”
• SIR JAMES GALWAY AND LADY JEANNE GALWAY (Subscription Series)
Sunday, March 1 at 4 p.m. – Main Stage
Classical flautist Sir James Galway is known for his boundary-crossing performances ranging from the “Lord of the Rings” soundtrack to playing with Pink Floyd at the Berlin Wall. He is joined by his wife Lady Jeanne Galway, an accomplished artist in her own right.
• THE QUEEN’S CARTOONISTS (Cabaret Package)
Saturday, March 7 at 7 & 9 p.m. – Black Box Theater
Take an animated musical journey with this irrepressible, accomplished sextet (based in New York’s Queens, not Buckingham Palace) who play cartoon music, from classics like “Bugs Bunny” to modern animation, along with video projections of the original films. Add comic stories about cartoons and composers, and the result is an antic night of cartoon and cocktails.
• “THE COLOR PURPLE” BROADWAY NATIONAL TOUR (Subscription Series)
Saturday, March 14 at 8 p.m. – Main Stage
Sunday, March 15 at 3 p.m. – Main Stage
This is the official Broadway tour of “The Color Purple”, the 2016 Tony Award® winner for Best Musical Revival is based on a Pulitzer Prize winning novel that tells the story of a young woman’s journey to love and triumph in the American South.
• DIMENSIONS DANCE THEATRE OF MIAMI SALON SERIES:
“An Intimate Evening of Ballet” (Dance Package)
Saturday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m. – Lab Theater
Sunday, March 22 at 1 & 4 p.m. – Lab Theater
Go behind the scenes with Dimensions Dance Theatre’s popular salon series, where an intimate performance and conversation with the artists reveal the creative process. The fourth edition of the series features an advance look at acclaimed young choreographer Kevin Jenkins’ “DECO – Danzón of Eclectic Cultural Origin”, a major DDTM commission funded by a prestigious Knight New Works grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, which premieres at SMDCAC in fall 2020.
• ANDREW COLLINS TRIO (Cabaret Package)
Saturday, March 21 at 8:30 p.m. – Black Box Theater
Head on down for a hoedown with Canada’s genre-tripping Andrew Collins Trio, virtuoso string multi-instrumentalists who meld bluegrass, jazz, folk, swing and more. Led by the multi-award-winning Collins, this is an exuberant and captivating musical adventure the Toronto Star called “light of touch, fast of wit, copiously imaginative.”
• CHOIR OF MAN (Subscription Series)
Sunday, March 22 at 7 p.m. – Main Stage
The show of your dreams, the Choir of Man takes place in an on-stage pub with nine tap dancing, tumbling, singing and strumming “regular” guys (and one BBC UK Poetry Slam champion) whose foot stomping moves and renditions of everything from Adele to Avicii, with stops at Queen and The Red Hot Chili Peppers, made them the hit of the famed Edinburgh Fringe festival in 2017. Join the lads for “the ultimate feel good show” (Edinburgh News) that “will have you dancing down the aisle” (Broadway Baby.)
• SPANISH HARLEM ORCHESTRA (Subscription Series)
Saturday, March 28 at 8 p.m. – Main Stage
The standard-bearers of authentic big band, old school New York salsa and Latin Jazz. This 13-member triple Grammy winning ensemble, led by founder, pianist and former Ruben Blades arranger Oscar Hernandez, excels at rhythmically inspired, energetically raw, musically sophisticated classic salsa – a treasure of Latin culture, dance inspiration, and great music.
• enra (Subscription Series, Family Series)
Friday, April 3 at 8 p.m. – Main Stage
Named for a mythical shape-shifting Japanese spirit, Japanese group enra combines martial arts, gymnastics, ballet, street dance and more with vivid digital art projections to create futuristic theatrical magic, riffing on Japanese pop culture and appealing to audiences worldwide. enra has been seen by millions online and at the Cannes Film Festival, on America’s Got Talent, and in China, North and South America. Their SMDCAC show is one of just five U.S. performances of their latest show, “PROXIMA.”
• RANKY TANKY (Subscription Series)
Saturday, April 4 at 8 p.m. – Main Stage
Dedicated to the African roots music of the Gullah culture of the coastal lowlands and sea islands of Georgia and South Carolina, Ranky Tanky (“get funky” in Gullah patois) has received numerous raves since their debut album “overflowing with authenticity” (Afropop Worldwide) came out in 2017. Powerhouse vocalist Quiana Parler (a 2003 American Idol standout) fronts an accomplished jazz quartet of fellow Charleston musicians and longtime friends, performing gutsy spirituals, blues, songs and more that mark the endurance and beauty of African-American culture.
• JOURNEY TO OZ (Family Series)
Sunday, April 5 at 4 p.m. – Main Stage
In this fantastic new adaptation, we are invited to go to Oz with Dorothy as audience members become a part of an experiential production, singing and dancing, and acting alongside professional actors. When the cyclone comes, the entire theater enters the eye of the storm with whisking lights and exciting music created by lauded composer, Josh Totora.
• THE CASHORE MARIONETTES: “Simple Gifts” (Family Series, Cabaret Package)
Saturday, April 18 at 2 p.m. – Black Box Theater
Since he made his first puppet at age 11, Joseph Cashore has taken the art of puppetry to new heights, analyzing movement mechanics and human expression to create intricately engineered and lovingly sculpted marionettes, which he manipulates in vivid performances that have moved audiences across the U.S., Europe and Asia. Set to beloved classical music, “Simple Gifts” is an entertaining, poignant series of vignettes from everyday life.
• THE CASHORE MARIONETTES: “Life in Motion” (Family Series, Cabaret Package)
Saturday, April 18 at 8:30 p.m. – Black Box Theater
A loving mother, a passionate violinist, a curious child, a widow in mourning – the Cashore Marionettes Life in Motion is an “awe-inspiring” (Toronto Sun) “symphony of movement” (Philadelphia Inquirer), a journey through human experiences via magically lifelike marionettes.
• SERAPHIC FIRE’S “Messiah” (Subscription Series)
Co-presented by Seraphic Fire
Sunday, April 19 at 4 p.m. – Main Stage
South Florida’s Grammy-winning vocal ensemble brings its breathtaking complete performance of Handel’s choral masterwork “Messiah” to the concert stage for the first time since 2004.
• SPEAK: Leela Dance Collective (Subscription Series, Dance Package)
Saturday, April 25 at 8 p.m. – Main Stage
American tap and Indian Kathak dance come together in a celebration of rhythm and culture in SPEAK. Leela Dance Collective’s Rachna Nivas and Rina Mehta, contemporary leaders in the ancient storytelling form of Indian Kathak dance, collaborated with revered tap artist Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards and MacArthur Award winning tap choreographer Michelle Dorrance, to explore tradition, innovation, improvisation, and female artistry.
• 14TH 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 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – All Venues
The All Kids Included Family Arts Festival is a day of activities and cultural experiences for kids with and without disabilities, welcoming all into the enchanting, creative world of the arts.
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. 20 – “Gay Chorus Deep South”
• Friday, Oct. 19 – “Leave the Bus through the Broken Window”
• Friday, Nov. 8 – “The Short History of the Long Road”
• Friday, Feb. 21 – “Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts”
• Friday, Mar. 27 – “Picture Character”
• Friday, Apr. 24 – “You Gave Me a Song: The Life & Music of Alice Gerrard”
About the 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, at least five days in advance to initiate your request. TTY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).