urban-bush-women.jpgMIAMI — Miami Dade College’s MDC Live Arts teams up with the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center to present Are We Democracy?, a nonpartisan, weeklong residency experience with internationally acclaimed dance company Urban Bush Women.

The residency will culminate with a free live performance for the entire community on Saturday, Oct. 27, 8 p.m., at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 S.W. 211 St., Cutler Bay. Tickets are required; call 786-573-5300 or email boxoffice@smdcac.org

During this unique residency experience, select MDC students and members of the South-Dade community will examine both the current hallmarks of democracy, and their visions for democracy.

The residency culminates with a performance, constructed collaboratively by the students and community members, to spark audiences’ interest in further examining their own dreams and challenges around civic participation.

The art-making process will be based on various themes, such as why people do and don’t vote, who votes, how we vote, and what those who went before did to get the vote — with special focus on the civil rights era and women’s suffrage.

During the residency, UBW will facilitate creative labs to unearth feelings, perceptions, and aspirations about experiences of democracy in the United States.

Founded in 1984 by choreographer Jawole Willa JoZollar, UBW seeks to bring the untold and under-told histories and stories of disenfranchised people to light through dance.

From a woman-centered perspective and as members of the African Diaspora community, UBW strives to create a more equitable balance of power in the dance world and beyond.

MDC Live Arts is an initiative of MDC’s Cultural Affairs Department to present the newest, most challenging contemporary and culturally specific work being created in the U.S. and abroad, with an emphasis on the Americas, and to present work that is reflective of South Florida’s multi-ethnic community.