With educational workshops and collaborations taking place in Wynwood's Jose de Diego Middle School, and Overtown's Booker T. Washington Senior High School, the project culminates in a public event and performance by the students under Dancer's and Andree's direction on Friday, March 17, outside the Wynwood school.
Art FOR the Sky is a magical, boundary-dissolving, outdoor, ecological, team-building experience for all ages. It comes together in a gigantic living painting colored and shaped by the forms of participants, with documentation through video and dramatic overhead photographs taken from a crane by
Daniel Dancer. NWD Projects is adding the element of movement and performance in a new way to Dancer's living painting projects with this Miami event. Andree will be working at Jose de Diego Middle School beginning in January, helping to shape the associated environmental curriculum, in collaboration with the faculty.
Working with street dancer Alonzo Williams and dance magnet teacher Hattie Mae Williams the trio will create the animation for Daniel Dancer's design. In addition, Booker T. Washington Senior High School's band will join with musicians from Jose de Diego Middle School, bringing music and movement to their performance, working with Andree as well.
"We are thrilled to bring Daniel Dancer to Miami, and to work with him in his dynamic "people painting" style that speaks to our local but also global concerns about climate change and rising ocean levels," says Dale Andree, creator of National Water Dance, a simultaneous, site-specific performance held across the U.S.
"The image we are working with, the tropical clown fish, represents the life of the coral reefs which are dying due to warming seas." Miami Dance Futures' Daniel Lewis adds, "All of us are really looking forward to the final public event, where Dale's direction, the student's enthusiasm, the music and the Art FOR the Sky living painting formation, come together on a grand scale."
NWD Projects was founded by artistic director Dale Andree to support
National Water Dance as well as other environmentally inspired dance projects. Its goal is to create events in which participants experience dance as a form of social activism, creating change through art and inspiring both participants and audience members to take responsibility for conserving and protecting our waters that are essential to life. National Water Dance is a bi-annual event across the US and in 2016 over 1500 dancers from more than 100 institutions participated in 27 states.
Daniel Dancer has an MA in child-psychology and has devoted his professional life to working with children in a very unusual way. As a photojournalist in the 1980s, he became fascinated with sky art while traveling to Peru and encountering the famous Nazca Lines.
When he returned home, he began working with Kansas field artist, Stan Herd, who creates giant images on the earth by using a tractor as a paint brush and crops for color. One day, Daniel decided to bring an entire elementary school out to perform as beads on the headband of a 25-acre Indian head. From this initial idea, over time, Dancer developed his ongoing Art FOR the Sky project that brings sky art creation and environmental education to students across the world. For more on Dancer's projects visit www.artforthesky.com.
Dale Andree received her BFA from Boston Conservatory of Music and her Certification in Laban Movement Analysis from the Laban Institute in New York, where she worked with many different choreographers. Recipient of numerous grants, Andree was a founding member of the Miami Dance Umbrella and her own company, the Mary Street Dance Theatre, which toured the U.S. and South America. She is passionate about site-specific work, and currently teaches at New World School of the Arts. Her National Water Dance was awarded a Knight Arts Challenge Grant for 2016.
Daniel Lewis is president of Miami Dance Futures, formed in 1988 to develop dance in South Florida, and is a consultant for the New York based Limón Dance Foundation. Lewis danced with the Limón company from 1962 to 1974. After teaching for twenty years at the Juilliard School, Lewis moved to Miami and became founding Dean at Miami's New World School of the Arts in 1987, holding that position until his retirement in 2011.
This project is supported in part by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and board of County Commissioners, and by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.
WHAT: "Art FOR the Sky" living painting public event and performance
WHEN: Friday, March 17, 6:00 pm (subject to change)
WHERE: Jose de Diego Middle School, in Wynwood, 3100 NW 5th Ave, Miami, FL 33127