The arts have always been a wonderful vessel through which we can express our feelings about many of the world’s most important issues. And when we’re dealing with South Florida, climate change is a serious topic of inspiration behind some of its most powerful pieces. With that in mind, Miami Dade College’s Live Arts Miami continues its successful LALA Performance Series with a special double-bill of new climate-conscious dance works by Dale Andree and Sandra Portal-Andreu.
From May 13th – May 14th, the second installment will feature unforgettable new performances addressing climate change and sustainability produced by the 2020/2021 LALA Artists In Residence at the Pérez Art Museum Miami’s beautiful outdoor Palm Terrace, featuring sweeping views of Biscayne Bay.
The evening will begin with “CIRCA/MIA” by Portal-Andreu, a one-of-a-kind multi-media performance and film. “CIRCA/MIA” explores visions of Miami’s future based on drawings, interviews, and dialogue with 35+ children across Miami-Dade County, and performed by six of the children’s mothers. The performance is accompanied live by the eclectic sounds of Miami’s own, Afrobeta. The piece is set to be a emotionally-charged and nostalgic work, “a postcard to the world from the children of Miami-Dade County” as described by Portal-Andreu.
Following that work, “SUCH ROOTED THINGS” by Dale Andree will take the stage. The piece was conceived and drawn from interviews with ten women from different backgrounds, ages, and ethnicities across Miami-Dade County who are experiencing the effects of climate change in their neighborhoods. The project also includes a choreographic collaboration between Andree and her daughter, Thryn Saxon, exploring themes of generational connections, shared responsibility, and the power of unity when confronting climate change, as well as a collaborative work by Thryn and her dance partner Brad Beakes. Be sure to head inside the museum and watch an original film created specifically for this piece as well.
The LALA Performance Series is the capstone to Live Arts Miami’s Live Arts Lab Alliance Artist (LALA) residency program, which empowers local performing artists from different backgrounds and disciplines to generate new work and establish new connections and networks of creative feedback and collaboration. Head here to learn more about the cohort, and be sure to catch the two performances on May 13th & May 14th as well as an upcoming performance in June. For more about the events, click here.