Culture Shock Miami Brings Latin American Dance-Music Spectacular, CHE MALAMBO, To Main Stage in South Miami-Dade

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All-male Argentine dance troupe replaces cancelled Culture Shock Miami program, BLAZE, The Show

Culture Shock Miami announced that the $5 ticket program for 13 to 22 year olds, will present Che Malambo, the 14-member company from Argentina, comprised of male dancers in the fiery Malambo cultural traditions of the South American cowboy or gaucho. Che Malambo will perform its percussive dance and music spectacle on Saturday, February 6 at 8 PM the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center in Cutler Bay.

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The show replaces the popular dance program, BLAZE, the Show due to the cancellation of its tour. The program change follows another cancellation at South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, STREB Extreme Action Company: Forces, which was to have two performances on January 30 and 31, 2016. The Center’s management explained that the cancellation of STREB, which was to be a co-production with Culture Shock Miami, was due to unforseen circumstances.

Ticket holders who purchased tickets to any of the cancelled performances through Culture Shock Miami will receive automatic refunds and will be notified by email. Those ticket holders who bought tickets directly from South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center will be contacted by a representative of its Box Office offering two options: 1) The purchaser may apply the amount of the ticket purchase towards another show currently on sale, or 2) the purchaser may request a box office credit for future shows to be announced. Ticket holders with questions for Culture Shock Miami should call (305) 375-1949 and for South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, call 786-573-5300 during regular business hours.


The Argentine based company, Che Malmabo, performs through precise footwork and rhythmic stomping, drumming of the bombos, and singing and whirling boleadoras (lassos with stones on the end). Presenting powerful percussive dance and music, the company’s work celebrates Malambo, the unique South American cowboy tradition of the gaucho. This all-male company of 14 is directed by French choreographer and former ballet dancer, Gilles Brinas.

Brinas has been fascinated and also troubled by the Malambo. He flew to Buenos Aires in search of this dance so typical of the Pampa region of Argentina. Brinas was drawn to the particular rhythms, the haunting characters, and the lonely expressions of the gaucho who spends his life on horseback. The Malambo is filled with deeply personal solo reflecting this rich tradition. Brinas was inspired by the talented artists he found in Buenos Aires and was moved to create the company Che Malambo from the best Malambo dancers in the area.
After premiering in Paris in 2007 and sporadically touring around the world, Che Malambo embarked on a brief, but highly successfully, U.S. tour in 2013. In 2015 they came back for a limited engagement performing in the opening night of New York City Center’s annually sold-out series, Fall for Dance. Now they’re back for a full U.S. tour to introduce audiences of all ages, from all over America, to their version of the thrilling Argentine Malambo. $5 tickets are available to 13-22 year olds and one accompanying guest each, exclusively through

Full price tickets are $15 to $35 and $10 for Youth Tickets for 12 years old and under. These tickets are available online at or through the SMDCAC box office by calling 786-573-5300. $5 Culture Shock Miami tickets are not sold through the SMDCAC Box Office or through Culture Shock Miami ticket sales for this performance end on Friday, February 5, 2016 at 11:59 PM. No $5 tickets are available through the SMDCAC box office.


A renowned dancer and choreographer, Gilles Brinas, performed with many prestigious companies in Europe including: Ballet de l'Opéra de Lyon (under the direction of Vittorio Biagi and Miklo Sparemblek), the Ballet of the twentieth century by Maurice Béjart at La Scala in Milan (choreographer Amedeo Amodio ), the Grand Ballet de France and in the company of Robert Hossein (choreographer George Skibine). He has also worked with Peter Goss, Anne Beranger and Jean Golovin. In 1979, Brinas founded the DEA Ballet and won the prize of humor in the 11th Bagnolet competition. Then, in 1990 he was honored by the Charles Oulmont Foundation. In 2002, Brinas choreographed Bar Unión, a tango show with Sylvie Peron for Beinnale de la Danse. His teachers and mentors include Lucia Petrova, Raymond Franchetti, Andrej Glegolski Solange Golovin, Serge Golovin, Karol Toth, Vittorio Biagi, Milko Sparemblek, Peter Goss. Brinas has also practiced Aikido with Hirokatsu Kobayashi and André Cognard and has studied Noh with the living national treasure, Hideo Kanze.

ABOUT CULTURE SHOCK MIAMI ( http://www.CULTURESHOCKMIAMI.COM ), a program of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, provides an affordable and attractive way to encourage high school and college students ages 13-22 to buy tickets to the rich variety of cultural events. The program is designed to introduce this next generation of audience members to live arts and cultural experiences at the age when they are beginning to make their own decisions about entertainment options. Based on research that shows most people begin their appreciation for the arts at a young age, is founded on the premise that when kids make the arts a regular entertainment choice, they are more likely to become the full-price ticket buyers and subscribers of the future.’s Program Partners include African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, Miami-Dade County Auditorium, South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center,, the Miami-Dade County Public School System, local arts organizations, and area colleges and universities.

Throughout the year, many Miami-Dade museums and cultural sites make two-for-$5 admission passes available to visitors. They include The Wolfsonian, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, Perez Art Museum Miami, HistoryMiami, ZooMiami, Bass Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, and many more.

Culture Shock Miami was inaugurated in 2005-06 by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, with a generous grant from The John S. & James L. Knight Foundation. Since then, it has sold over 60,000 tickets through its website A core group of arts organizations participate regularly in the program, including Actors' Playhouse, Adrienne Arsht Center, Cleveland Orchestra Miami, Dranoff 2 Piano Foundation, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet, New World Symphony, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, and ZooMiami. 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. The Department directs the Art in Public Places program and serves its board, the Art in Public Places Trust, commissioning, curating, maintaining and promoting the County’s art collection. The Department also manages, programs and operates the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, a campus of state-of-the-art cultural facilities in Cutler Bay, as well as Miami-Dade County Auditorium, Joseph Caleb Auditorium and the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, all dedicated to presenting and supporting excellence in the arts for the entire community. 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.


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. Located at 10950 SW 211th Street in Cutler Bay, the Center is an integral part of the economic and cultural development of the area, offering quality artistic programming and community accessibility. 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 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

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