As dancers we are intrigued by the physical demands of different environments, both natural and human made. Working with improvisation and set choreography, the nature of the space and the space of nature challenges our ever-developing consciousness of change, preservation and adaptability.
“Dance – a physical voice for environmental activism, taking it out of the margins and placing it in the center of the conversation.”
–Dr. Andrea Seidel
Author of Isadora Duncan in the 21st Century
Capturing the Art and Spirit of the Dancer’s Legacy
Recent Performance Reviews
Swamp Spirits – Dale Andree’s Magical “Everglades Imprint” for AIRE
by Jordan Levin
“Everglades Imprint” premiered December 30, 2018, with an audience of almost 200, in Everglades National Park as a result of Ms. Andree’s Artist in Residency through the Everglades fellowship program (AIRIE).
Join NWD Projects for the closing event of “Waterway” on Sunday February 23 from 2:00 – 4:00pm at Biscayne Nature Center
Two ten minute improvisational dance activations of the installation will begin at 2:30 and 3:30 pm created by dancers Katie Brennan, Sara Franco, Sun Young Park, Enrique Villacreses and directed by Dale Andree. Biscayne Nature Center is located at 6767 Crandon Blvd, Key Biscayne
“Waterway” was created by Jenna Efrein and Christin Paige Minnotte and is a spatially transformable installation designed to be an immersive architectural and sculptural experience informed by the glut of single-use plastic polluting our oceans. The piece is composed of thousands of collected suspended plastic bottles.
Photo by: Mateo Serna Zapata, provided by AIRIE
Our performance at Long Pine Key on January 19, 2020 at 1:00PM in the Everglades National Park was a beautifully realized conclusion to my AIRIE residency in October, 2018. Through the imagination of Deborah Mitchell and the support of Artist In Residence In Everglades(AIRIE) the work created through that residency was showcased in the AIRIE Nest Gallery in the Visitor’s Center at the park. It included work of filmmaker Claudio Marcotulli, photographer Miana Jun and head pieces by Meylin Rojas. The January 19 performance included NWD Projects dancers Katie Brennan, Barbie Freeman, Becca Pelham and Sun Young Park along with musicians Ray Robinson, Luis Gonzalez, Pedro and concluded with the haunting sounds of Samuel Tommie’s flute. Influenced by the reflection of the clouds in the water at this site and feeling the ever present connection of the water between the earth and the sky, Camille Haith created costumes that mirrored that flow, enhancing the dancers’ movement.
On Saturday, April 13th at 7pm and Sunday, April 14th at 2pm at SMDCAC Lab Theater witness the wild beauty and fragile ecosystem of the Everglades come alive at the Everglades Imprint performance. The dance performance by Dale Andree’s NWD Projects (Katie Brennan, Barbara Freeman, Rebecca Pelham, Oscar Trujillo) will include narration by award-winning South Florida actor, Barbara Sloan and Seminole Nation citizen Samuel Tommie, with a sound installation by Gustavo Matamoros, overlaid by Samuel Tommie’s flute and Ray Robinson’s percussion. Photographs by Miana Jun will present the multi-layered magic of the Everglades.
On Saturday, May 4th at 2pm NWD Projects will be presenting a performance, photo exhibit and film at HistoryMiami Museum, based on Everglades Imprint. It will include a dance/film workshop led by Dale Andree and Claudio Marcotulli, a dance performance by NWD Projects dancers in the courtyard, a gallery photo exhibit by Miana Jun, and a film by Claudio Marcotulli with discussion. This is a free event.
In 2017 & 2018 NWD Projects dancers performed on Historic Virginia Key Beach for Big Blue and You, a celebration and educational opportunity for students to experience the environment in a hands-on way at the Historic Virginia Key Beach. NWD Projects dancers also brought their movement invention to a celebration of Earth Day at the Jupiter Lighthouse. Working with a group of improvisers and community members, Dale organized a performance for Global Water Dances in the mudflats of the Weskeag River in Maine. Other collaborations include an improvised structure inspired by the work of visual artist Karen Rifas at the Emerson Dorsch Gallery in Little Haiti. Dale Andree created a work for a dancer, actor and musician called “And We Think Nothing of It” which has been presented in Ft. Lauderdale at Art Space, Love the Everglades Conference at the Miccosukee Resort and at Florida International University for the Hispanic Women Writer’s Conference.