CLIMAKAZE MIAMI HISTORY

Founded by Elizabeth Doud in collaboration with FUNDarte, and launched in April 2015, Climakaze Miami is a radical, fun and stimulating community building platform that mixes live performances, participatory conversations and excursions into green spaces in a thought provoking festival format focused on climate change issues and environmental justice.  Based in South Florida, the project brings together the climate-concerned arts community, educators, scientists, activists and climate champions in local government, plus a wide range of climate-concerned artist and citizens. 

The event design responds to the premise that the largest part of our citizenry lives in a state of dampened awareness about climate issues, and isn’t yet effectively able to connect cause to present circumstance to positive action for systems change.  While climate change is now a commonly identified idea, most people struggle with locating their agency as change-makers in response to the overwhelming crisis.   The arts—particularly live performance—is a vital tool that connects community to complex narratives about the state of our world today, activating our heart center and allowing us to sense in to needed action.  

Climakaze Miami activities deliver visionary, risk taking performances, dialogues and activities that are committed to positive change in the face of shared climate shift realities.  We are a multi-lingual event that interconnects the cultural crossroads of the Americas and geographically unique witnesses.

 

Climakaze miami 2015 - List of artists, partners and activities

climakaze miami 2016 - List of artists, partners and activities

CLIMAKAZE MIAMI 2016 -  APRIL 22-24

Film Screening – This Changes Everything – The Movie

http://thefilm.thischangeseverything.org/about

Friday, April 22, 2016 - 8:00 p.m.

What if confronting the climate crisis is the best chance we’ll ever get to build a better world?  Filmed over 211 shoot days in nine countries and five continents over four years, This Changes Everything is an epic attempt to re-imagine the vast challenge of climate change. Throughout the film, Klein builds to her most controversial and exciting idea: that we can seize the existential crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.

 

Climakaze Dialogue and Performance Marathon

Saturday, April 23, 2016 – 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Performance #1 – This World Made Itself by Miwa Matreyek

This World Made Itself is a multimedia live performance work combining projected animation and the artist's own shadow silhouette as she interacts with the fantastical world of the video, merging film and theater to create something that is its own kind of spectacle.  Created and performed by Los Angeles based artist Miwa Matreyek, This World Made Itself is a visually and musically-rich journey through the history of the earth, from the universe's epic beginnings to the complex world of humans. The piece is at once semi-scientific (like flipping through a children's encyclopedia), and emotional and dream-like, rich in surrealism, metaphor, and fantasy.

Performance #2 – Loup Garou by Nick Slie

Loup Garou is an environmental performance that uses the Cajun werewolf myth to explore the deep interconnectedness between land and culture in Louisiana. Conceived and performed by native Louisianan Nick Slie, it is part performance, part ritual, part howl to the world about southeast Louisiana’s plight.   Every half hour, Louisiana loses nearly a football field’s worth of coastal marshes to the Gulf of Mexico.  Land loss is ubiquitous, occurring even in interior areas.  Six major hurricanes in the last four years have exacerbated an already dire situation.  In Louisiana, so many cultural traditions and industries derive directly from relationship with the surrounding rich envirnonment.  What will become of those traditions as the land that nurtures them

Performance #3 – The Psychoanalysis of Climate Change by Xavier Cortada

The Psychoanalysis of Climate Change is a new performance experience conceived of by Miami’s own Xavier Cortada, current Artist-in-Residence at Florida International University’s School of Environment, Arts, Society & the College of Arts & Sciences, and College of Architecture + The Arts. The work exposes what often feels like an unnamed crisis of the human psyche around climate change and environmental collapse realizations--both in our consciousness and subconscious. 

Performance #4 - Luyanó Band

Luyano Band presents an evening of original music that blends projected images and their unique brand of World music.  Through their music, Luyano Band is looking for a way of unifying not only music styles and genders and instruments, but world ancestral wisdom legacy with contemporary life. By reaching a harmonious result on stage, them, it might be possible to create that same harmony as a community. The audiovisual experience they present is an exciting assault to the senses from the roots to contemporary, from East to West.

 

Sunday, April 24, 2016 - 9 a.m. -2 p.m.

Marine Nature Excursion to Biscayne Bay in collaboration with Earth Learning.

 

Support for Climakaze Miami 2016 was provided by diverse funders, including 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.

Climakaze Miami 2015 - April 10–12

 CLIMAKAZE PROGRAM

Three days of conversations and shows?  Are these people for real?  Yes.  We believe in the urgency and importance of this topic so much, that we want to dedicate enough time to weave community and deep communication around the ideas and perspectives of all participants, and really delve into what can move us to action.  The event will be designed as a single process that builds from the start of Day 1 through the closing beach party on Day 3. We are therefore asking participants to give themselves the important luxury of participating in the full three days. So join us for an exciting journey of exploration, relationship building and lots of fun!

 

Friday, April 10th

Climakaze Dialogues – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. At MDCA (includes lunch)

Evening Performance and Opening – 8 p.m.

8-minute manifesto – Peter Kulchyski

Polar Bear Fever – Antonio Salinas

 

Saturday, April 11th

Climakaze Dialogues and Excursion to the Everglades

Everglades National Park:  8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Evening Performance – 8 p.m.

8-minute manifesto – Local Miami Artivist

Preparation for the Obsolesence of the Y Chromosome - Michelle Ellsworth

 

Sunday, April 12th

Climakaze Dialogues – 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (at MDCA)

Picnic at Beach – 3-6 p.m.

 

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.

Link to promo video: http://marinmedialab.com/michelle-ellsworth-preparation-for-the-obsolescence-of-the-y-chromosome/

Artist website:  www.michelleellsworth.com

 

8 MINUTE MANIFESTOS

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.

ABOUT EARTH LEARNING

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. 

ABOUT THE MIAMI-DADE COUNTY AUDITORIUM

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.