CLIMAKAZE MIAMI: presented by FUNDarte and Earth Learning in collaboration with MDCA

April 10-12. 2015

FUNDarte and Earth Learning, in collaboration with Miami-Dade County Auditorium (MDCA) present Climakaze, a three-day transformative dialogue and performance platform to plumb the depths of what artistic practice means and looks like in an unprecedented climatic reality.

Climakaze (cly-ma-kaw-zee) is a new container for a radical convening of climate-change-concerned artists, scientists, change-makers and other stakeholders from across the South Florida and the international spectrum. The event will run from April 10-12, 2015 at MDCA and Everglades National Park.

With live performances and nature excursions to the Everglades interwoven with facilitated dialogues designed to surface our collective intelligence, diverse participants will join to create a shared vision for change that benefits our local and global ecologies, reflects community needs, and places artistic practice on the frontlines of positive action in the face of urgent climate issues.


Friday, April 10th at Miami-Dade County Auditorium
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Climakaze Dialogues (includes lunch)
8:30 p.m. Evening Performance and Opening at On.Stage Black.Box at MDCA, presenting:
8-minute manifesto by Peter Kulchyski
Polar Bear Fever by Antonio Salinas (In Spanish with English Subtitles)

Saturday, April 11th at Everglades National Park
8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Climakaze Dialogues and Excursion to the Everglades
At On. Stage Black.Box at MDCA
8:30 p.m. Evening Performance
8-minute manifesto – Local Miami Artivist
Performance Preparation for the Obsolesence of the Y Chromosome – Michelle Ellsworth

Sunday, April 12th
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Climakaze Dialogues at MDCA
3-6 p.m. Picnic at Beach in Miami Beach!

About The Performances And Artists

Polar Bear Fever (La Fiebre del Oso Polar) is a one-man performance written by Antonio Salinas that incorporates dance, song, theater and video elements. Characteristic of Salinas’ solo work, this multi-disciplinary piece is his latest creation, and focuses on the actions of human beings and their consequences for humans’ own well being. Besides the charged and elegant choreography, there are spare and striking visual elements, and poetic narrative text and song. The piece explores the connection between humans and other live beings—vegatable and animal—with whom we share the planet, and tries to understand why, in spite of our genetic similarities, there is such a vast difference between the way that we behave, and the behavior of the nature that surrounds us.

Antonio Salinas is a Mexican dancer, choreographer and stage actor. He has studied and collaborated with Mexican and international artists, toured his solo work extensively, and has taught in a number of universities at home and abroad. He has collaborated as an actor, choreographer, dancer, interviewer, and playwright in various Mexican and international projects and organizations, and has authored a series of one-person shows which have been presented in festivals in the United States, Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Germany, Spain and India. He is well known for his humorous and visceral choreo-narratives that are so well embodied in his solo performance work. He has won awards such as the San Luís 2006 Award for best play, Best Dancer at the XXVI Lila López International Festival of Dance, Best Monologue Actor by AMCT in 2005, and he was named one of the most important choreographers and one of the best dancers of Mexico by the Zona de Danza ballet studio and art center in 1999.

Preparation for the Obsolescence of the Y Chromosome attempts to prepare (both on a micro and macro level) for the end of men. Intended as a humorous look at the very real threat of species extinction on our planet, the work mourns and celebrates some of the eminent losses of our time. Simultaneously committed to conservation and archival efforts, Ellsworth works in the tradition of folklorist Alan Lomax. Using web technology, replacement apparatus (including a male gaze simulator), choreography (including reenactments of authentic man dances), and the latest data from the Whitehead Institute at MIT, this work investigates rumors about the implications of the Y Chromosome’s reputed shrinkage. Preparation for the Obsolescence of the Y Chromosome was commissioned by MCA Denver’s Feminism + Co, Boulder Arts Commission, Boulder County Arts Alliance, and EcoArts Connection.

Michelle Ellsworth is a dancer, choreographer, video maker, writer, cartoonist, and web designer. In her performances, Ellsworth combines dance with technology, humorously confronting issues such as biodiversity or problems with the shrinkage of the Y chromosome. Since 2007, she has created performable websites that exist as independent sites as well as live pieces. Ellsworth has performed at On the Boards, Seattle, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, and Dance Theater Workshop in New York. She has received commissions from DTW, DiverseWorks, Houston, National Performance Network, and the Miami-Dade College Department of Cultural Affairs.

These expressions are varied takes on the idea of the ‘manifesto’. Limited to 8-minute bytes, each invited artist-participant will present their call to action, which will be interspersed within the weekend’s events as ‘bursts’ of feisty, poetic and diverse viewpoints.

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.

Earth Learning is growing a life-sustaining culture in our home, the Greater Everglades bioregion, as well as seeding life-sustaining strategies in bioregions throughout North America. To be a catalyst in the transition toward a life-sustaining culture in the Greater Everglades Bioregion by: Creating Access to ecological movements as they unfold locally; Weaving Connection toward collective wisdom and a shared vision; Building Capacity via ecological learning experiences; and Growing Roots by inspiring and modeling local, eco-social ventures. We are part of a global movement that is transitioning us toward an ecologically sustainable world.

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 hasa track record and reputation of innovation and artistic excellence. Project and organizational support for

Support for Climakaze Miami 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, State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council; Glassworks Multimedia, Romaldesign, The Miami Herald, and WDNA.

When: April 10-12, 2015
Where: Miami Dade County Auditorium. 2901 W Flagler St. Miami, FL 33135
Admission: Full symposium price: $130 at www.fundarte.uss
Tickets at and by phone (800)-745-3000.
$20 general admission, $15 for students (18-), seniors (65+).
Group rates available

FUNDarte at Miami Dade County Auditorium
2901 W Flagler St.
Miami, FL 33135
Ph: 305.547.5414


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