This fall, MDC Live Arts launches Ojala/Inshallah: Wishes from the Muslim World, a groundbreaking new season of performances designed to challenge widespread assumptions concerning contemporary Muslim identity. The season is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts (DDFIA), which recently presented MDC Live Arts with $160,000 as part of its Building Bridges 2016-2017 Grant Program. MDC Live Arts was one of only 11 organizations in the nation to be awarded by the Doris Duke Foundation, which sought arts- and culture-based projects dedicated to fostering relationships and changing perceptions between Muslim and non-Muslim communities across the nation. The performances will span all art genres and will range from traditional to avant garde. The following is just a taste of what audiences can expect: Sachal Ensemble: Song of Lahore – Faced with persecution after the institution of Sharia Law in Pakistan in the 1970s, music producer Izzat Majeed convened a devoted group of Lahori musicians to secretly rehearse and record. Fueled by a love of American jazz, the ensemble merged Eastern and Western music, crafting a sound that transcends war and oppression. This performance takes place Thursday, Nov. 4 at 8 p.m; Olympia Theater. Cie Hervé Koubi: What the Day Owes to the Night – Acclaimed choreographer Hervé Koubi makes his Miami debut with a highly physical, stunningly fluid work that combines capoeira, martial arts, urban and contemporary dance. Dressed in white flowing costumes, the dancers in this work exude grace and masculinity amid a backdrop of imagery evocative of Orientalist paintings and Islamic architecture. The musical score combines Sufi Music, Bach and the work of Nubian composer Hamza El Din. This performance takes place Friday, Feb. 10 at 8 p.m; Olympia Theater.
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