South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center Grand Opening Celebration

Oct 1 and 2, 2011.

A brand-new $51 million state-of-the-art performing arts venue is officially introduced to the South Miami-Dade community on October 1 and 2, 2011. The much-anticipated South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center opens with two days of spectacular, high-quality performances open to the public, and is followed by an inaugural season of performances.

The grand opening celebration is highlighted by an interdisciplinary show featuring international artists, as well as some of Miami’s highest caliber performers. The show takes place on Saturday, October 1 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 2 at 3:00 p.m. On both days, the Center offers additional free pre-show outdoor activities, for all to enjoy. Pre-show events begin at 6:45 p.m. on Saturday and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday and take place in the Plaza.

The Grand Opening performance spans genres and cultures of south Miami-Dade and incorporates jazz, classical, Latin, Caribbean and gospel music and dance, as well as, theater and multimedia presentations created from interviews with community members. The Grand Opening Celebration is a community event that represents both the artistic and demographic diversity found in Miami-Dade and is designed to present outstanding cultural offerings to people from all backgrounds.

The artistic team producing the show includes: Director Heidi Marshall; Teo Castellanos, Dramaturge; Rosie Herrera, Choreographer; Jordy Gomez, Musical Director; Elizabeth Sobel, Manager of Musical Director; Andrew Yeomanson, DJ Designs; Edouard Duval Carrié, Set Concept Designer; Ken Kurtz, Set Planner; Xavier Pierce, Lighting Designer; Benton Bainbridge, Projection/Video Designer; Mark Moormann, Documentary Filmmaker; Carrie Cabrera, Wardrobe Supervisor and Ronald K. Brown, Choreographer (pre-show activities).

The show includes collaborative performances by members of: Jean P.Jam, Lanzallamas Monofónica, The Lee Boys, Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre, Spam Allstars, Tiempo Libre, as well as other artists.

An official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony takes place on Saturday night along with free outdoor pre-show activities, bringing together residents, community leaders, and government officials to commemorate the opening of the facility. Sunday’s activities feature outdoor family-friendly events and a children’s price for the Grand Opening performance.

The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, designed by an internationally-acclaimed design team that includes Arquitectonica International, Inc. (architects), Fisher Dachs Associates, Inc. (theater design), Artec Consultants, Inc. (acoustics), and AMS Planning & Research Corp. (theater management), provides, for the first time, a state-of-the-art cultural venue and community gathering place in the southern part of Miami-Dade County.

The Center features prominent works of art created by Miami artist Robert Chambers who was commissioned by Miami-Dade County’s Art in Public Places program to design a kinetic light wall and sculptures for the theater. The Center is an integral part of the economic and cultural development of the area, offering quality artistic programming and community accessibility.

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.

South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center
10950 SW 211th Street
Cutler Bay, FL 33189
305.588.5453
www.smdcac.org

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