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Companhia Urbana de Dança at Miami

Rio de Janeiro Style Hip Hop Ignites Miami Once Again!

Miami, FL. They are back in full force. Direct from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and this time for a four day residency, this fierce young company will perform two works from their high energy repertory, featuring choreography by Artistic Director Sonia Destri Lie: NÊGO (I. You. We. All Black) and Chapa Quente on Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 9:00 p.m. at Mid Stage Theater at Miami Dade County Auditorium (2901 W Flagler St., Miami, FL 33135)



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

Freely mixing urban street styles, social dances, and thought-provoking contemporary vocabulary, the audacious and dynamic Companhia Urbana de Dança unleashes startlingly new forms for a truly moving experience. This poetic and explosive company stuns with stamina-testing solos and jaw-dropping group movement that defies the limits of physicality while retaining choreographic rigor. Chapa Quente has been described as a work that finds sensuality in strength and an exploration of how momentum can extend into many directions at once (NY Times). NÊGO (I. You. We. All Black), whose underpinnings are so controversial the company was asked to change it’s name when it first debuted in the US so that it would not be misunderstood, is a work whose movements originate in corporeal personality of each of the dancers when it is confronted and merged with that of the others. These two works conceived and choreographed by director Sonia Destri Lie, are ripe with bodies that talk about violence, about the fight for freedom, for the right to write a different history, different to the one that the narrow streets of the favelas seem to be leading to.


This year’s program will also include a Professional Workshop for Dancers of all levels on Monday, March 28, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. and a special performance for public schools on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. All additional events will take place at Miami Dade County Auditorium. More information about the workshop registration please contact Niurca Marquez at or 786.252.1544


FUNDarte presented Companhia Urbana de Dança at Mid-Stage Theater at Miami Dade County Auditorium. Saturday, March 26, 2016. Picture by Generacion Asere.  Saturday, March 26, 2016.


WHAT:                Companhia Urbana de Dança Dance Company from Rio de Janeiro

WHEN:                Saturday, March 26, 2016 at 9:00 p.m.

WHERE:              Mid-Stage Theater at Miami Dade County Auditorium

                             (2901 W Flagler St.)

                             Miami, FL 33135. (305) 547 5414.

TICKETS:   and by phone (800) 745-3000

                             $30 general Admission, $25 for Students (18-), Seniors (65+).

                             Group rates available.

INFO:                   (305) 547 5414, or (305) 316-6165 or (305) 519-6877,

ADDITIONAL  EVENTS:             Monday, March 28, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. – Professional Workshop. Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. – School Performance.


About the Company:

Founded in Brazil in 2004 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 experiences traveling through Europe for work in theater, films 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. Pulling from the favelas of Rio where many of her company members grew up, Companhia Urbana de Dança aims to transcend cultural boundaries, while showcasing eclectic skill sets.


About the Artistic Director:

Sonia Destri Lie is the artistic director and choreographer of Companhia Urbana de Dança. Receiving her degrees in both psychology and ballet has rendered her a unique perspective on human expression and human form. Destri had travelled throughout Brazil and Europe after completing her studies, working in dance, theatre, film, and musicals. It was then when she discovered hip-hop and b-boying dance. She had defined her unique and refreshing interpretation of these styles by infusing them with the rich cultural influences of Brazil and the favelas from within. Her works creatively embrace elements of hip-hop, b-boying, contemporary dance, and also Brazilian social dances. Destri’s choreography has been cited as a significant contribution to the field of dance. She generates an entirely new genre that coincidentally returns a greater appreciation for existing dance styles and the significance of socio-cultural influences. Media and contemporaries’ reviews of her performances are nothing short of spectacular. She received the Best Script Award by the Ford Foundation, the Staging Award 2011 by the State of Rio de Janeiro for the show “Eu Danço”, the FADA Award by the City Hall of Rio de Janeiro (2012 and 2013), and the Best Choreography Award by Conseil International de la Danse (CID_Unesco).


FUNDarte presented Companhia Urbana de Dança at Mid-Stage Theater at Miami Dade County Auditorium. Saturday, March 26, 2016. Picture by Generacion Asere. Saturday, March 26, 2016.


Tickets: $30 General Admission, $25 students (under 18) and seniors (over 65), with I.D.   Purchase through Ticketmaster at and by phone (800) 745-3000 (service charges apply), or in-person (no service charges) at the Miami Dade County Auditorium On.Stage day of show starting at 10:00 a.m. and in advance at the Miami Dade County Auditorium, 2901 W Flagler St., Miami, FL 33135 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.. Group rates are available by calling (305) 316 6165 or (305) 519-6877



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 a special emphasis on artists from Latin America, the Caribbean and Spain.



Miami-Dade County Auditorium opened its doors in 1951. It has a splendid history as one of South Florida’s premier performing arts centers. This popular multipurpose theatre features Art Deco Revival décor. It offers two dynamic presentation styles: a 2,372-seat theater that can host major dance, theatre and music performances; and a 250-seat black box theatre in which both the audience and performers share the stage of the auditorium, adapted into an innovative studio theatre for more intimate – and often cutting-edge – shows. In January 2012, the operation of Miami-Dade County Auditorium was transferred to the Department of Cultural Affairs, which has a track record and reputation of innovation and artistic excellence.


FUNDarte presented Companhia Urbana de Dança at Mid-Stage Theater at Miami Dade County Auditorium. Saturday, March 26, 2016. Picture by Generacion Asere. Saturday, March 26, 2016.

Project and organizational support for Companhia Urbana de Dança comes in part from the Miami Dade County Auditorium, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, South Arts, State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts; Glassworks Multimedia, Generacion Asere, Romaldesign, The Miami Herald, and WDNA.

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