Live Arts Miami Presents Two New Climate-Conscious Dance Works by Dale Andree & Sandra Portal-Andreu

Miami, April 21, 2021Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Live Arts Miami continues its successful LALA Performance Series with a special double-bill of new climate-conscious dance works by Dale Andree and Sandra Portal-Andreu at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, May 13 and May 14. This second installment in the series will feature unforgettable new performances addressing climate change and sustainability produced by the 2020/2021 LALA Artists In Residence at the Pérez Art Museum Miami’s (PAMM) beautiful outdoor Palm Terrace, featuring sweeping views of Biscayne Bay. Event is free with RSVP.

The evening will begin with CIRCA/MIA by Portal-Andreu, a one-of-a-kind multi-media performance and film, CIRCA/MIA explores visions of Miami’s future based on drawings, interviews, and dialogue with 35+ children across Miami-Dade County, and performed by six of the children’s mothers. The performance is accompanied live by the eclectic sounds of Miami’s own, Afrobeta. The artist describes it as “a postcard to the world from the children of Miami-Dade County.”

Andree will present SUCH ROOTED THINGS, conceived and drawn from interviews with ten women from different backgrounds, ages, and ethnicities across Miami-Dade County who are experiencing the effects of climate change in their neighborhoods. The project also includes a choreographic collaboration between Andree and her daughter, Thryn Saxon, exploring themes of generational connections, shared responsibility, and the power of unity when confronting climate change, as well as a collaborative work by Thryn and her dance partner Brad Beakes. An original film created for this piece will be screened inside PAMM. Such Rooted Things is supported in part by a grant given to NWD Projects by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge, an initiative that supports ideas that connect people to place and each other through art. 

The LALA Performance Series is the capstone to 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. To learn more about the cohort, click here.

Dale Andree (Dancer and Choreographer) has been dancing, choreographing, and teaching in Miami for over 30 years. She is the founder and director of NWD Projects, which supports her choreographic projects, and National Water Dance, a bi-annual simultaneous performance across the United States, bringing attention to water issues and climate change.  Her commitment to dance and the environment has resulted in her receiving two Knight Arts Challenge Grants, being recognized by the Deering Foundation as Programming Partner of the Year for 2014, and being chosen to be an Artist-in-Residence in the Everglades in October 2018.

Sandra Portal-Andreu (Dancer, Performer, Choreographer) is a Miami native whose performance experience includes: Arts Ballet Theatre of South Florida, Josée Garant Dance, Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet’s Lounge 2200, and Juggerknot Theater Company. Portal-Andreu’s unique style of blending dance and dialogue has driven her to create work that investigates women’s roles and identity amidst cultural and societal norms. Her work has been supported by the Miami-Dade County Dept. of Cultural Affairs, Miami Light Project, Sarasota Contemporary Dance Company, CityTheatre Miami, Miami-Dade Public Library System, MicroTheater Miami, The Box Gallery/WPB, Pioneer Winter Collective’s GrassStains 2018, DORCAM, Movement Research/Judson Church (NYC), and PBS’ Filmmaker Project.

WHAT:             LALA Performance Series featuring Dale Andree & Sandra Portal-Andreu

WHEN:            Thursday, May 13 and Friday, May 14, 2021
Doors at 7:30 PM, Show at 8:00 PM

WHERE:         PAMM (Palm Terrace)
1075 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132

TICKETS:        RSVP required. Register at
Presented live to a limited audience with COVID-19 protocols in place.

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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. For more information, please visit 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. MDC Live Arts 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.

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