A double feature film and immersive art experience of the 2021 LALA Performance Series
Miami, Sept. 8, 2021 – Live Arts Miami (LAM) is proud to present Hattie Mae Williams’ Currents at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami, from Wednesday, Oct. 6 through Sunday, Oct. 10. A special viewing followed by a Q& A with the artist will be held on Saturday, Oct. 9 from 3-5 p.m. It is the fifth of six unforgettable new performance works addressing climate change and sustainability produced by the 2020/2021 LALA Artists in Residence. The event is free, but registration is required.
A self-guided interactive happening, Currents is an interdisciplinary performance work that leads audiences through landscapes inspired by our relationship to the elements and the ways in which humankind’s actions have created divides between themselves and the cosmic realm. At the center of the work are two new dance film collaborations that encourage audiences to examine and transform their connections to nature and technology while imagining new possibilities for the future.
The double feature film experience will transform the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami into the ethereal world of the subconscious where both isolated and communal reflections unfold through a series of rituals that take place within immersive installations.
While at the museum, the artist invites the public to view MOCA’s latest exhibit Michael Richards: Are You Down? the first museum retrospective of his important work. This event coincides with the final weekend of the MOCA exhibit and the museum will offer a $3 discounted admission to those attending Currents.
Currents continues the 2021 LALA Performance Series, the culmination of Live Arts Miami’s Live Arts Lab Alliance Artist (LALA) residency program, which empowers local performing artists from different backgrounds and disciplines to generate new work and establish new connections and networks of creative feedback and collaboration. In 2020, Live Arts Miami announced the cohort: six locally-based artists selected across performing arts disciplines to develop works centered on climate change and sustainability in Miami, including Michelle Grant-Murray, Dale Andree, Sandra Portal-Andreu, Fereshteh Toosi, Susan Caraballo, and Hattie Mae Williams.
This live performance is free and open to the public. (Discounted MOCA Admission$3)
COVID-19 Considerations and Precautions:
This show will be presented live to a limited audience with COVID-19 protocols in place. All guests must register in advance, and be ready to present their e-ticket on their mobile device at the door for a contactless experience. All are required to adhere to social distancing guidelines (six feet apart) and wear the appropriate facial coverings correctly throughout the event, except when eating or drinking.
WHAT: Premiere of Hattie Mae Williams’ Currents
WHEN: Self-guided Experience: Wednesday, Oct. 6, 12-7 p.m.; Thursday, Oct. 7 through Sunday, Oct. 10, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Guided Experience with Artist Q&A: Saturday, Oct. 9, 3-5 p.m.
WHERE: Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (MOCA)
770 NE 125th St, North Miami, FL, 33161 → RSVP required.
ABOUT LIVE ARTS MIAMI
Live Arts Miami is one of the city’s oldest and boldest performing arts series: an action-driven, people-centered platform for powerful performances, impactful community programs and learning experiences that spark dialogue, raise awareness around pressing issues, and open minds and hearts in all who take part. Created in 1990 as Cultura del Lobo, Live Arts Miami is proud to be a part of Miami Dade College’s celebrated Department of Cultural Affairs. For three decades, Live Arts Miami has featured extraordinary performing artists and unforgettable performances, collaborations and public art projects from all over the world. Today, Live Arts Miami is a regional model of principled innovation and excellence in public arts programming. A place for artists, audiences, and MDC students to come together as one. For more information, please visit www.liveartsmiami.org and follow @liveartsmiami on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the latest updates.
The programs of Live Arts Miami are funded by Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council; the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; the National Endowment for the Arts; National Performance Network (NPN); the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Live Arts Miami is a Partner of the National Performance Network (NPN). Major NPN contributors include the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts
ABOUT HATTIE MAE WILLIAMS
Hattie Mae Williams is a mother, holder of space, director, energetic voice, teacher, and wild woman, who received her B.F.A from The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater/Fordham University program and her Masters from Goddard University in Interdisciplinary Arts. In 2003, she established her dance company The Tattooed Ballerinas, which formed roots in site specific dance. Hattie Mae’s studies and community collaborations are inspired by embodied experiences, art as political, disrupting the mundane, and African Diaspora folklore and spirituality. Her work has traveled nationally and internationally to Holland, Italy, London, Los Angeles, New York, Kentucky and Miami.
Williams is also a local business owner operating Hattie’s House, an online conscious gift shop previously located in North Miami on 125th Street.
Conceived by: Hattie Mae Williams
Films Directed by: Christian Salazar
Immersive Installation by: Freddy Jouwayed
Sound Score by: Datamouth
For more information about Hattie Mae Williams, visit www.liveartsmiami.org
Media Contact: Lisa Palley, firstname.lastname@example.org, 305-642-3132