Culture Shock Miami Presents Its 12th Season Providing Miami-Dade Students with Expanded Access to $5 Tickets for Cultural Events

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Top artists of theater, music, dance, and popular attractions highlight 2016-17 performances

Building on the record growth of participation by both student attendees and participating arts and cultural institutions, Culture Shock Miami announces an increase in co-productions with partner organizations and an increase in the number of available $5 tickets to its audience (students ages 13 to 22) to cultural events in the 2016-17 season.

Culture Shock Miami, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs’ program to cultivate the audiences of the future, is co-presenting performances with FUNDarte, Miami-Dade County Auditorium, South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center and the Department’s education initiative All Kids Included .

Among the shows co-presented by Culture Shock Miami for 2016-17 are stellar companies of dance, music, theater, and performance art. Dance companies include Casa Patas Foundation from Madrid, Spain performing Flamenco! Los Silencios del Baile and internationally acclaimed dance ensembles Limón Dance Company, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, and MOMIX. Performance artists are highlighted by techno wizard illusionist Adam Trent, and the world renowned Peking Acrobats. Diverse music programs feature the dazzling Bollywood musical Taj Express, from the creators of Pitch Perfect, the a cappella chart-topping group Vocalocity, and the movie-based percussive high-stepping hit DRUMline Live. Theatrical experiences are delivered by the improvisational lyrical virtuosos, Mayhem Poets and a unique film that features shadow puppetry, live music, and actors in silhouette, Manual Cinema: Lula del Ray.

Through its website, CultureShockMiami.com, the program enables young adults, ages 13 to 22, to attend live performances at just $5 per ticket, and to visit major museums and cultural destinations at $2.50 per admission pass. All tickets and passes which are often for the best available seats, are provided by local cultural organizations and sold through CultureShockMiami.com free of any taxes, fees, or surcharges. A student in the program’s age range must use the first ticket purchased, but the second ticket can be used by a person of any age.

Michael Spring, Senior Advisor to the Office of the Mayor of Miami-Dade County and Director of the Department of Cultural Affairs, stated “It is gratifying to see the commitment by our local organizations, both independently and through Culture Shock Miami, to offer students the opportunity to participate in the arts. This past season has seen an increase of 35% in the number of $5 tickets purchased by students. As intended, the program is removing economic barriers, providing high quality arts access to students and cultivating audiences of the future.”

More than 70,000 tickets have been sold through CultureShockMiami.com since its inception in 2004. These tickets have been donated by over 100 institutions throughout Miami-Dade County including Actors’ Playhouse, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, Cleveland Orchestra Miami, Dranoff 2 Piano Foundation, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Florida Grand Opera, GableStage, Florida International University, Lowe Art Museum, Miami City Ballet, Miami-Dade County Auditorium, Miami Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, Perez Art Museum of Miami-Dade, South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, and ZooMiami.

Throughout the season, new blocks of tickets from shows and venues all over Miami-Dade will be added to CultureShockMiami.com. Ticket buyers are encouraged to subscribe to the weekly newsletter; follow popular social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram); and regularly check the website http://cultureshockmiami.com to get updates on available shows and events.

SCHEDULE OF CO-PRESENTATIONS AND SPONSORED EVENTS WITH CULTURE SHOCK MIAMI PRESENTS

Co-Presentations

FUNDarte in collaboration with Miami-Dade County Auditorium and Culture Shock Miami present
FLAMENCO! LOS SILENCIOS DEL BAILE by Casa Patas Foundation
Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 8:30 PM
Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 3:00 PM
MiamiDade County Auditorium

$5 tickets for ages 13-22 at CultureShockMiami.com
Full price tickets through Miami-Dade County Auditorium.org: $30

Direct from Madrid, Spain, Casa Patas returns to Miami with a powerful performance celebrating the characteristics that distinguish the art of Flamenco. Renowned young dancer and choreographer Francisco Hidalgo performs this seductive art form marked by fiery outbursts and swift blows of silence. In addition to the public performances, Francisco Hidalgo and the company will provide a master class for local dancers. For more information and to register to attend the FREE Miami workshops or masterclasses, please visit: http://www.miamidadearts.org/education/vsa-floridas-new-definition-dance-miami or call (305) 375-5024.

Culture Shock Miami and South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center Present

LIMÓN DANCE COMPANY
70TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 8 PM
South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center - Main Stage

$5 tickets for ages 13-22 at CultureShockMiami.com
Full price tickets through SMDCAC.org: $25-$45

Hailed as one of the world’s greatest troupes, Limón Dance Company is the living legacy of legendary José Limón. His innovative technique revolutionized American movement. This performance will feature historical pieces representing the company’s best works of the past 70 years.

Culture Shock Miami and South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center Present

ADAM TRENT - A New Generation of Magic
Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 7 PM
South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center - Main Stage

$5 tickets for ages 13-22 at CultureShockMiami.com
Full price tickets through SMDCAC.org: $15-$25
Described as Justin Timberlake meets David Copperfield, Adam Trent’s audience interactive performances are part magic, part concert, and part stand up comedy. As one of the stars of the hit Broadway show The Illusionists, as well as his appearances on Good Morning America, America's Got Talent, Disney Channel, ABC, VH1, Rachel Ray, Travel Channel, SyFy and others, Adam Trent is one of the most in-demand illusionists working today.
The SMDCAC Family Series is presented in part by Mercedes-Benz of Cutler Bay.

Culture Shock Miami and South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center Present

ASPEN SANTA FE BALLET
Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 8 PM
South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center - Main Stage

$5 tickets for ages 13-22 at CultureShockMiami.com
Full price tickets through SMDCAC.org: $25-$45

In their first-ever visit to Miami, Aspen Santa Fe Ballet’s bold vision, global choreographers, distinctive groundbreaking repertoire and virtuoso dancers have fostered a jewel of a dance company in the American West.

Culture Shock Miami and South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center Present

VOCALOSITY

Friday, February 3, 2017 at 8 PM
South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center – Main Stage

$5 tickets for ages 13-22 at CultureShockMiami.com
Full price tickets through SMDCAC.org: $20-$49

Vocalosity is the all-new live concert event from the creative mind of artistic producer Deke Sharon (Creator of Pitch Perfect, The Sing-Off) that takes a cappella to a whole new level! This fast-paced production features an all-star ensemble of diverse young vocalists singing some of today’s chart-topping hits in brand-new arrangements, setting a new standard for 12-part harmony. It’s the aca-perfect concert experience!

Culture Shock Miami and South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center Present

THE MAYHEM POETS
Family Series Presented in part by Mercedes-Benz Of Cutler Bay
Friday, February 17, 2017 at 8:30 PM
South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center – Black Box Theater

$5 tickets for ages 13-22 at CultureShockMiami.com
Full price tickets through SMDCAC.org: $20

Theater-trained, comedically gifted, lyrical virtuosos seamlessly blend raw elements of hip hop, theater, spoken word poetry, improv and stand-up comedy to tell gut wrenching truths that leave audiences forever changed.

Appropriate for ages 13-up.

Culture Shock Miami and South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center Present

THE PEKING ACROBATS
Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 3 PM and 8 PM
South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center – Main Stage

$5 tickets for ages 13-22 at CultureShockMiami.com
Full price tickets through SMDCAC.org: $20-$35

China’s most gifted tumblers, contortionists, jugglers, cyclists, and gymnasts accompanied by live musicians playing traditional Chinese instruments, dazzle audiences with their 2,000-year-old acrobatics traditions.

Culture Shock Miami and South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center Present

TAJ EXPRESS: THE BOLLYWOOD MUSICAL REVUE
Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 4 PM
South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center – Main Stage

$5 tickets for ages 13-22 at CultureShockMiami.com
Full price tickets through SMDCAC.org: $35-$67.50

Bollywood comes to South Dade! This musical revue is a dazzling, high energy celebration of India’s pop culture that features colorful costumes, joyful dance, and thrilling live music.

Culture Shock Miami and South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center Present

MOMIX: OPUS CACTUS
Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 8 PM
Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 3 PM
South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center – Main Stage

$5 tickets for ages 13-22 at CultureShockMiami.com
Full price tickets through SMDCAC.org: $20-$45

Following its 2013 hit Botanica, MOMIX returns to the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center with their latest production Opus Cactus. This performance brings the landscape of the American Southwest to life with illusionistic style. Props, shadow humor and the human body bring to life surrealistic images of slithering lizards and fire dancers.

Culture Shock Miami and South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center Present

DRUMLINE LIVE
Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 8 PM
South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center – Main Stage

$5 tickets for ages 13-22 at CultureShockMiami.com
Full price tickets through SMDCAC.org: $35-$67.50

The show-stopping attraction created by the musical team behind the hit movie, DRUMLineLIVE brings together 40+percussive musicians, dancers, singers and actors that embody the soulful, high-stepping style of the historically black college and university marching bands. DRUMLine LIVE is a high octane musical roller coaster ride!

Culture Shock Miami and South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center Present

MANUAL CINEMA: LULA DEL RAY
Co-Presented By O Miami as part of the O Poetry Festival
Friday, April 28, 2017 at 8 PM
Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 3 PM and 8 PM
South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center – Main Stage

$5 tickets for ages 13-22 at CultureShockMiami.com
Full price tickets through SMDCAC.org: $37

A film performed in real time with overhead projectors, shadow puppets, actors in silhouette, and live music. Set in the mid-century American Southwest and inspired by the music of Hank Williams, Roy Orbison, and Patsy Cline, Lula Del Ray is a mythic reinvention of the classic coming-of-age story.

All Kids Included Presents
VSA Florida’s A NEW DEFINITION OF DANCE
Workshops Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 6 PM and 7:45 PM
Masterclasses Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 6 PM and 7:45 PM
Miami-Dade County Auditorium

Now in its second year, A New Definition of Dance features exceptional internationally renowned dancers with disabilities from Belarus, Israel, Australia, Canada, the US, and Africa.

As part of a two-week statewide series of events also held in Jacksonville and Tampa, the Miami presentation of A New Definition of Dance strives to break down negative stereotypes of people with disabilities, introduce students and veterans with disabilities to a new method of communication and self-expression, encourage dance majors to explore dance forms through varying types of bodies and abilities, and provide career development and professional opportunities for artists with disabilities.
The program will include African musician and dancer Sidiki Conde, Hai Cohen and Tali Wertheim from Israel’s Vertigo Dance Company, Dwayne Schenueman from the REVolutions Dance group, Australian Roya Abdolhosini — a.k.a. Roya the destRoya, Merry Lynn Morris from the University of South Florida’s School of Theatre and Dance, and Miami’s own acclaimed Karen Peterson and Dancers.

Workshops and masterclasses are free. Students and participants must register in advance for admission to the workshops and masterclasses as space is extremely limited. Registration forms may be found at http://www.miamidadearts.org/education/vsa-floridas-new-definition-dance-miami.

Dranoff 2 Piano Presents

PIANO SLAM 9: A Contemporary, Classical, Hip-Hop, Spoken Word Extravaganza featuring Miami’s Young Poets Directed by Teo Castellanos
Thursday, February 16 at 7:30 PM
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts

The Dranoff 2 Piano Foundation Presents PIANO SLAM 9, a FREE program at the Adrienne Arsht Center that features award-winning students of middle and high schools within the Miami- Dade Public School System in an evening of music and original poetry.
PIANO SLAM 9, is an annual music, poetry, dance spectacular. It showcases one of Dranoff’s award-winning professional pianist duos accompanied by DJs, and some of Miami-Dade’s most gifted student-poets. These students, winners of county-wide poetry competitions, will perform with international musicians and Miami’s hottest Spoken Word artists and dancers in a multi-arts extravaganza. The concert is FREE but attendees must have a reserved ticket.

Free tickets are only available through cultureshockmiami.com or dranoff2piano.org

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ABOUT CULTURE SHOCK MIAMI
CULTURE SHOCK MIAMI, a 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 kids make the arts a regular entertainment choice, they are more likely to become full-price ticket buyers and subscribers in the future. Culture Shock Miami offers $5 tickets for students (ages 13-22) to performances provided by more than 100 organizations, including top music, theatre, dance, and performing arts presenters in Miami-Dade County. With each $5 student ticket, a second $5 ticket may be purchased for an accompanying guest of any age. Tickets are on sale now through CULTURESHOCKMIAMI.COM. In addition to performing arts, students can get two-for-$5 or free admission passes to many South Florida museums, landmarks, and cultural destinations. For more information about this exciting program, please call 305-375-1949.
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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.
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ADA / Accessibility
It is the policy of Miami-Dade County to comply with all of the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. To request materials in accessible format, sign language interpreters, and/or any accommodation to participate in Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs sponsored programs or meetings, please contact Francine Andersen at 305-375-4634, at least five days in advance to initiate your request. TTY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service.)

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