Performing Arts

Dancing through king tides and sea level rise

A watery world - Marisa Alma Nick’s Alma Dance Theater
A watery world - Marisa Alma Nick’s Alma Dance Theater

With king tides washing over Miami Beach, this weekend is an excellent time for Marissa Alma Nick's "Mira El Mar," a beachside dance which envisions Miami 75 years from now, when the city will be transformed by higher seas that'll make current King Tides look like paupers. Nick sets "Mira El Mar" (Look at the Sea) on the beach and next to the ocean in Surfside, imagining three women adapting to a new environment. Will they learn to breath underwater? Live on top of it? If architects can imagine new ways to deal with sea level rise, why not choreographers, architects of the body?

The piece is part of Pioneer Winter's Grass Stains series, five original, site-specific dances inspired by and fitting into the Miami landscape. (Additional artists include Agustina Woodgate, Niurca Marquez, Ana Mendez and Jenny Larsson.)

Nick (who was raised in Surfside) has a gift for site-specific works that transform the way we see places, or imagining dance that evokes altered worlds, as with "Flowers for Springtime," an evening of works that re-created the minds of her two grandmothers as they succumbed to dementia. And Winter is one of Miami's most provocative and original producers and choreographers, whether creating dances that dig into gay life and identity or in projects like Grass Stains, which use dance and art to reach into the community.

Performances of "Mira El Mar" are at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, on Surfside beach at 94th St. They're free and open to the public, although you can rsvp here. Diving into the ocean afterwards optional.