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5 Passos by Companhia Urbana de Dança (Brazil)

Companhia Urbana de Dança is back In Miami!

FUNDarte’s NO BORDERS Series presents, Contemporary Dance from Brazil. Direct from Rio de Janeiro, 5 Passos by Companhia Urbana de Dança (Brazil) tears up the stage with a high-energy fusion of hip-hop, samba, capoeira, and contemporary dance in boldly imaginative choreography by Brazilian choreographer Sonia Destri Lieon, on March 21 at 8:30 p.m. at Mid-Stage at Miami Dade County Auditorium. (2901 W Flagler St., Miami, FL 33135)

Pulling from the favelas of Rio de Janeiro where many of Companhia Urbana de Dança members grew up, Companhia Urbana de Dança aims to transcend cultural boundaries, while showcasing eclectic skill sets. The work of Companhia Urbana de Dança brings its dancers’ identities, testimonials, and attitudes to the stage, and it does that with a “carioca”, Afro-Brazilian accent, which is nevertheless universal.


Alternately mesmerizing and rippling with adrenaline and raw energy, their works explore the cultural roots of Brazil and the gritty life stories of the dancers themselves.



“Classic hip-hop moves are visible — the rippling of arms, the rolling on backs — yet they have been stretched and shaped into something new.”

by Brian Seibert – New York Times


“The vibrant young dancers of Brazil’s Companhia Urbana de Dança lit up the stage, not just with exceptional movement skills, but also with spirited personalities.”

by Karen Campbell – The Boston Globe



What: Companhia Urbana de Dança, Contemporary Dance from Brazil

When: March 21st 8:30 p.m. at Mid-Stage Miami Dade County Auditorium

Where: Miami Dade County Auditorium

Cost: $30 adults | $25 students and seniors with ID (limited seating)| $20 for groups of 10 or more.

Tickets: Ticketmaster at; by phone (800) 745-3000 and at the Miami Dade County Auditorium Box Office, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

More Information: (305) 547-5414; (786) 348-0789 /,


Event Details:

Saturday, March 21st – 8:30 p.m.: Companhia Urbana de Dança, Contemporary Dance from Brazil at Mid-Stage Miami Dade County Auditorium (2901 W Flagler St., Miami, FL 33135)


About the Artist:

When Companhia Urbana de Dança made its US debut at New York City Center in 2010, the eyes of even the most ‘‘been-there-saw-that’’ critics opened wide with amazement. Destri’s boldly original mix of contemporary Brazilian dance and hip-hop infused both forms with new rigor, meditative one moment, explosive the next. Locating the true heart of hip-hop, Destri strips it of its easy tricks, bringing it back to its original emotional depth, expressive range, and poetic integrity. Founded in Brazil in 2004/2005 by dancer Tiago Sousa and choreographer and artistic director Sonia Destri Lie, Companhia Urbana de Dança is an ensemble of street performers working to foster the human experience through dance. Destri’s experience traveling through Europe for work in theater and film exposed her to hip-hop and b-boy techniques. Highly influenced by Brazilian street forms, she began to integrate these techniques into her already established contemporary movement sensibility. The group is firmly positioned in the most contemporary urban dance scene in Brazil and internationally. It highlights the talents of young black, and poor Brazilians in the modern world, from and affirming and pluralist stance.


FUNDarte is a multidisciplinary non-profit organization dedicated to producing, presenting, and promoting music, theater, dance, film, and visual arts that speak to Miami’s diverse cultures with an emphasis on Hispanic/Latino arts and culture. FUNDarte particularly works to nurture emerging artists and those with little or no exposure to South Florida audiences; facilitate intercultural and international exchanges; and provide local audiences and artists with educational opportunities that expand their creative, critical, and social perspectives.



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