B-Boy Meets Gaucho (and Modern)! A Radical Argentine Dance Company makes U.S. Debut with MDC Live Arts

Miami Dade College’s (MDC) MDC Live Arts will present the U.S. debut of Combinado Argentino de Danza (CAD), Saturday, Oct. 17 at 8 p.m., at the Colony Theatre. The renegade collective of dancers, musicians, DJs, and artists from Buenos Aires create a dynamic universe—where hip-hop, contemporary and Argentine folkloric dance engage and evolve in a constant state of conversation and transformation. Ticket are $25 for the general public and $10 for MDC students.


Combinado Argentino de Danza by Agustin FranzoniCAD’s signature is the diversity of disciplines and styles that exist within it. Unlike other multi-disciplinary dance companies that aim for a fusion of genres, CAD instead maintains and plays with the variety of independent expressions—seeking common logic or provocative interactions within a shared space. Reflecting our contemporary, globally-influenced and culturally-expanding society, it is a salad bowl versus a melting pot, and the results are striking. Hip-hop, contemporary and folkloric dancers, from conservatory and street alike, interplay or are juxtaposed in grand compositions. Visual artists, videographers, lighting designers and the renowned DJ Villa Diamante aid in constructing the group’s intriguing atmospheres.

MDC Live Arts Executive Director, Kathryn Garcia, remarks “I was floored by the group’s creativity and high energy. Their pieces are so unique and so full of varied action—they are consistently exciting to watch.”

CAD seeks creativity not just in choreography, but in place as well. They create work for a variety of formats, from big and small theater pieces to dance video productions to site-specific works in non-conventional places. CAD’S Miami residency includes pop-up performances throughout the geographically diverse Miami Dade College campuses and around town, including 6 p.m. Friday, October 17 at the Wynwood Walls.

Combinado Argentino de Danza has performed extensively throughout Argentina and internationally in Spain, Brazil and South Africa, where their artistic residency culminated with presentations on the streets of Johannesburg and Soweto.



CAD is a contemporary dance company based in Buenos Aires. Formed in 2011, it brings together dancers, musicians, a DJ, and other artists under the direction of Andrea Servera. CAD combines diverse genres including contemporary, hip-hop, and traditional Argentinean folkloric under the mission to “train, create, and spread dance actions” together.


CAD has toured throughout Argentina, having been presented at the International Festival of Buenos Aires, TED x Buenos Aires, MICA (Mercado de Industrias Culturales Argentinas), Micsur (Mercado de Industrias Culturales del Sur), and premiered Tu Casa (Your House) in el Teatro Gral San Martín y Gurisito Cósmico in Tecnopolis. They’ve also brought their work to Spain, Brazil and South Africa.


The videos made by CAD have been screened at various festivals, including the International Video Dance Festival of Buenos Aires, Danca em Foco (Brazil), TransAmériques Festival (Canada), “Futurs en Seine” Festival (France), Festival Conexões  (Brazil), International Video Dance Festival of Uruguay, idill (Belgium), among others.


This performance launches the Live Arts Mundo series, which offers a rich, diverse mix of shows and genres from around the world. Next in line is Latin Jazz icon Paquito D’Rivera, at MDC Kendall Campus’ 9th Annual Jazz Under the Stars on November 7; and, in April, the return of Teatro Cinema, the wildly inventive Chilean Theater Company known for fusing live action with film projection.  


WHAT:   MDC Live Arts Presents Combinado Argentino de Danza


WHEN:      Saturday, Oct 17, 8 p.m.

WHERE:    Colony Theatre
1040 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139

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To reserve tickets, and learn more about the 2015-16 MDC Live Arts Season, call 305-237-3010, or visit mdclivearts.org.



MDC Live Arts is Miami’s most eclectic performing arts series—celebrating 25 years this season! Created in 1990 as Cultura del Lobo, MDC Live Arts has a celebrated history of bringing extraordinary national and international performing artists to Miami. The annual series presents today’s most exciting artists and designs meaningful engagement between these artists, the students of MDC, and the greater community. MDC Live Arts seeks artists from across the globe who push boundaries and honor traditions relevant to Miami’s diverse community, and aims to offer audiences opportunities to discover new ideas, perspectives and forms of expression. For more information, please visit www.mdclivearts.org.


The Programs of MDC Live Arts are made possible with the generous support of: Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council; the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; the Miami-Dade County Tourism Development Council; the National Endowment for the Arts; the City of Miami Beach Department of Tourism and Cultural Development, Office of Cultural Affairs, the Miami Beach Mayor and City Commissioners; the Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America program, Citizens Interested in the Arts; Miami Dade County Cultural Passport in partnership with Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, Miami Dade County Public Schools, and the Foundation for New Education Initiative; the Miami Downtown Development Authority; and John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. MDC Live Arts is an NPN Partner of the National Performance Network (NPN). Major contributors include the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

This engagement of Combinado Argentino de Danza is made possible through Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America, a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

MDC Live Arts Contacts:  Alexa Burneikis, Marketing Manager, 305-237-7733, aburneik@mdc.edu   

Maria Lanao, publicist, 786-514-0301, marulanao@yahoo.com

MDC Media-Only Contacts: Juan Mendieta, MDC Director of Communications, 305-237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu; Hessy Fernandez, director of media relations, 305-237-3949; hfernan5@mdc.edu;  Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710, sue.arrowsmith@mdc.edu, or Allison Horton, 305-237-3359, ahorton2@mdc.edu.



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