The Groundbreaking B-Girl Crew Brings Its Thrilling Breakdancing, Popping and Locking Ballet from the Streets of Brooklyn to Miami. “The pioneering all female hip-hop group…a fearless coalition of b-girls”–The New Yorker. As part of the Arsht Center’s Dance Up Close Season playing February 3, and 4, 2011. Tickets are $35 Carnival Studio Theater in the Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House. For reservations, visit www.arshtcenter.org or call the box office at (305) 949-6722.
The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County’s welcomes DECADANCETHEATRE (DECA), the critically-acclaimed troupe known for giving authentic New York-style hip hop a theatrical twist, to Miami for its Florida premiere. Comprised of an all-female dance crew, the 7-year-old hip-hop theater company performs in the Carnival Studio Theater on February 3, and 4, 2011 as part of the Arsht Center’s Dance Up Close Season. Tickets to DECA are $35 and go on sale to Arsht Center Members on November 2, 2011 and to the general public on November 8, 2011. Tickets may be purchased through the Adrienne Arsht Center box office by calling (305) 949-6722 or visit www.arshtcenter.org.
Focusing on all elements of hip-hop, including b-boying (breakdance), mcing, djing and graffiti, DECA’s core vision translates the vibrant energy of New York City’s street culture to the international stage in a performance the New York Times hails as “intensely emotional and casually streetwise.” Featuring the talents of the world’s best female hip-hop dancers – from Nigeria to Norway, DECA has toured all over the U.S., U.K., France and Japan including performing at the prestigious Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, B Supreme Festival of Women in Hip-Hop at London’s Southbank Center, LEAP 08 in Liverpool and Bumbershoot in Seattle where DECA shared the bill with Wu-Tang Clan, John Legend, and Fergie. In addition, DECA has been featured on MTV, CBS, and in The New York Times, The Village Voice, Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit and XXL.
“The Arsht Center is proud to introduce Miami audiences to this spectacular boundary-breaking group of female hip-hop dancers as part of our inaugural Dance Up Close season,” said John Richard, President and CEO. “Deca has wowed audiences all over the globe and promises to thrill our audiences with their world-class technique and the urban flavor Miami audiences crave.”
For their Arsht Center engagement, the DECA program features three original pieces that blend classic hip-hop, classical dance and, in some cases, new technology. The Cage (2010), a new hip-hop ballet inspired by the Jerome Robbins piece by the same name, looks at moments where darkness and light collide, pushing the physical limits of the female hip-hop dancer and the potential of hip-hop as a theatrical language. When the Sky Breaks (2011), winner of the New York International Fringe Festival’s “Overall Excellence in Dance” award, fuses old-school hip-hop with cutting-edge 3D video technology. Audience members wear 3D glasses while dancers interact with a 3D universe where projections and choreography seamlessly merge to create an abstract world that brings breakdance waving, popping and house dance to life on stage.
A visual spectacle with breathtaking movement, the evening’s third piece – City Breathing (2011) – uses light suit costumes to magnify the dancer’s movements and brings to life the unique energy of a graffiti-covered metropolis at night where the electronic heartbeat of the city pulses through all bodies that enter it. The thrilling night culminates with a high-energy finale, set to the beats of DJ Boo, that showcases the unique talents of each member of DECA.
Founded in 2004 by its current artistic director Jennifer Weber, the Brooklyn-based DECA represents a global vision of hip-hop with an international roster of dancers and challenges hip-hop’s male-dominated convention. DECA emerged on the hip-hop scene in 2004 with the debut of Decadance Vs. The Firebird —a Hip Hop Ballet an urban re-imagination of the 1910 Stravinsky Ballet. The hip-hop ballet mash-up won the 2004 Best Choreography Award at the New York International Fringe Festival and received critical acclaim in The New York Times and The Village Voice Firebird’s success enabled the company to begin touring on the national level.
Since premiering that signature work, DECA continues to explore hip-hop theater, adapting texts ranging from a 12th century Japanese ghost story to a more personal narrative inspired by the challenges woman face in hip-hop today. Weber has choreographed six original, evening-length, hip-hop ballets: I Dance (2001), Heroin(e) (2002), Behind the Beat (2003), Decadance Vs. The Firebird—a Hip-Hop Ballet (2004), Gamon (2005) and MAX338 (2008).
Weber has choreographed for Reebok, the ACLU, Dance Spirit Magazine, Bloomberg, Direct Effect (MTV), Beatstock (WKTU 103.5), DJ Spooky, DB, Contrapasso Modern Dance, and Pras of The Fugees. Weber also starred in Cheryl Dunn’s award-winning dance film, “Come Mute,” which was showcased as part of the exhibit “Beautiful Losers” at Yerba Buena and Orange County Museum of Art. Weber’s own dance short, “Big City Lover,” was shown as part of the Captured: Video Dance Series at Dance Theatre Workshop.
DECADANCETHEATRE‘s Miami engagement also includes outreach activities and educational workshops for the local South Florida community at the Adrienne Arsht Center. Visit www.arshtcenter.org/educate within the next few weeks for up-to-date information.
For reservations, visit www.arshtcenter.org or call the box office at (305) 949-6722. Tickets: $35 Playing February 3 at 7:30 p.m., February 4 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., February 3 at 7:30 p.m., February 4 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Carnival Studio Theater Adrienne Arsht Center located at 1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33132.
DANCE AT THE ARSHT also includes an incredible lineup of some of the most spectacular dance companies on the scene today, including the return of ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER February 23-26, 2012, with new Artistic Director Robert Battle, a Miami native, leading the company in their extraordinary signature works; and the dare-devil dancers of PILOBOLUS DANCE THEATRE will bring their unique cross-pollination of concert, dance and acrobatics to the Adrienne Arsht Center on March 2-3, 2012.
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