Augusto Soledade Brazzdance, under the direction of acclaimed choreographer Augusto Soledade will bring Cordel to the Gleason Room Miami Beach on March 25 and 26, 2016 at 8pm. Tickets are $20 general admission and $15 student/ MB residents. Tickets are available through ticket master at (1-800-745-3000) or online

Soledade, who hails from Brazil, is a contemporary choreographer and the Artistic Director of Augusto Soledade Brazzdance. An acclaimed choreographer and Guggenheim fellow, his work fuses Afro-Brazilian movement with modern dance. Soledade’s Cordel ponders the history and social implications of three distinct art forms – Argentine Tango, American Hip Hop, and the Cordel literature of Brazil.

Cordel is an abstract, intelligent dance that links themes of marginalization and social tensions of various cultures to show the universality of the human experience. Tango, Hip Hop and Cordel literature have a common thread in that all three art forms emerged from communities faced with poverty and inequality. The work features four dancers.

“I attempt to address issues of our contemporary lives, and find ways to connect with various cultures around the world,” said Soledade. “This is part of why I picked the Haitian-American composer Daniel Bernard Roumain’s music for this piece. I was impacted by his music, the way he blends various genres in his work.”

Augusto Soledade, a native of Bahia, Brazil, started his dance training at the Federal University of Bahia, Brazil in a program with strong modern dance emphasis and has trained with Garth Fagan, and Clyde Morgan. He also holds a degree in journalism from the Federal University of Bahia.

Cordel was co-commissioned by the South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center, Florida Dance Association, and the Alabama Dance Council; it is funded in part by with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, and the NPN Creation Fund.

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