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Climakaze Miami 2015

A New Beginning for Climate Arts in Miami

FUNDarte and Earth Learning in collaboration with MDCA present

Climakaze Miami 

When:            April 10–12, 2015  

What:             Dialogues, performances and gatherings to expand your tribe, jump start awareness and incite action! 

Who:              Climate-change-concerned artists, scientists, change-makers and other stakeholders

Where:          Miami Dade County Auditorium, On.Stage Black.Box, Everglades National Park and the Miami Beach

TICKETS: Full symposium price = $130 – Register HERE (Includes participation in dialogues, Everglades excursion, evening performance and lunch all three days)

Individual performance tickets at and by phone (800) 745-3000.

$20 general admission, $15 for students (18-), seniors (65+).

Group rates available.

INFO:         (305) 547 5414 or (305) 519-6877 

Climakaze (cly-ma-kaw-zee) is a new container for a radical convening of climate-change-concerned artists, scientists, change-makers and other stakeholders from across the South Florida and the international spectrum. FUNDarte and Earth Learning in collaboration with MDCA present Climakaze Miami will host a three-day transformative dialogue and performance platform to plumb the depths of what artistic practice means and looks like in an unprecedented climatic reality.  We will be digging deep into how arts practice can ignite an awakening around looming complex environmental and social issues, and explore platforms for creative action to address the urgent needs of the local and global climate movement. 

With live performance and nature excursions interwoven with facilitated dialogues designed to surface our collective intelligence, diverse participants will join to create a shared vision for change that benefits our local and global ecologies, reflects community needs, and places artistic practice on the frontlines of positive action in the face of urgent climate issues.

The dialogues will aim to generate year-round connectivity and action towards this shared purpose. So come expand your tribe and join us in our mission to explore the realities surrounding climate change in our own communities, jump start awareness and incite action!


Three days of conversations and shows?  Are these people for real? 


We believe in the urgency and importance of this topic so much, that we want to dedicate enough time to weave community and deep communication around the ideas and perspectives of all participants, and really delve into what can move us to action.  The event will be designed as a single process that builds from the start of Day 1 through the closing beach party on Day 3. We are therefore asking participants to give themselves the important luxury of participating in the full three days. So join us for an exciting journey of exploration, relationship building and lots of fun!

Climakaze Schedule

Friday, April 10th

Climakaze Dialogues – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. At MDCA (includes lunch)

Evening Performance and Opening – 8:30 p.m.

8-minute manifesto – Peter Kulchyski

Polar Bear Fever – Antonio Salinas

Saturday, April 11th

Climakaze Dialogues and Excursion to the Everglades

Everglades National Park:  8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Evening Performance – 8:30 p.m.

8-minute manifesto – Local Miami Artivist

Preparation for the Obsolesence of the Y Chromosome - Michelle Ellsworth

Sunday, April 12th

Climakaze Dialogues – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (at MDCA)

Picnic at Beach – 3 - 6 p.m.




Polar Bear Fever (La Fiebre del Oso Polar) is a one-man performance written by Antonio Salinas that incorporates dance, song, theater and video elements.  Characteristic of Salinas’ solo work, this multi-disciplinary piece is his latest creation, and focuses on the actions of human beings and their consequences for humans’ own well being.   Besides the charged and elegant choreography,  there are spare and striking visual elements, and poetic narrative text and song.  The piece explores the connection between humans and other live beings—vegatable and animal—with whom we share the planet, and tries to understand why, in spite of our genetic similarities, there is such a vast difference between the way that we behave, and the behavior of the nature that surrounds us. 

Antonio Salinas is a Mexican dancer, choreographer and stage actor. He has studied and collaborated with Mexican and international artists, toured his solo work extensively, and has taught in a number of universities at home and abroad. He has collaborated as an actor, choreographer, dancer, interviewer, and playwright in various Mexican and international projects and organizations, and has authored a series of one-person shows which have been presented in festivals in the United States, Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Germany, Spain and India.  He is well known for his humorous and visceral choreo-narratives that are so well embodied in his solo performance work.  He has won awards such as the San Luís 2006 Award for best play, Best Dancer at the XXVI Lila López International Festival of Dance, Best Monologue Actor by AMCT in 2005, and he was named one of the most important choreographers and one of the best dancers of Mexico by the Zona de Danza ballet studio and art center in 1999. 

Preparation for the Obsolescence of the Y Chromosome attempts to prepare (both on a micro and macro level) for the end of men.  Intended as a humorous look at the very real threat of species extinction on our planet, the work mourns and celebrates some of the eminent losses of our time.  Simultaneously committed to conservation and archival efforts, Ellsworth works in the tradition of folklorist Alan Lomax.  Using web technology, replacement apparatus (including a male gaze simulator), choreography (including reenactments of authentic man dances), and the latest data from the Whitehead Institute at MIT, this work investigates rumors about the implications of the Y Chromosome's reputed shrinkage.  Preparation for the Obsolescence of the Y Chromosome was commissioned by MCA Denver's Feminism + Co, Boulder Arts Commission, Boulder County Arts Alliance, and EcoArts Connection.

Michelle Ellsworth is a dancer, choreographer, video maker, writer, cartoonist, and web designer. In her performances, Ellsworth combines dance with technology, humorously confronting issues such as biodiversity or problems with the shrinkage of the Y chromosome. Since 2007, she has created performable websites that exist as independent sites as well as live pieces. Ellsworth has performed at On the Boards, Seattle, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, and Dance Theater Workshop in New York. She has received commissions from DTW, DiverseWorks, Houston, National Performance Network, and the Miami-Dade College Department of Cultural Affairs.

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These expressions are varied takes on the idea of the ‘manifesto’.  Limited to 8-minute bytes, each invited artist-participant will present their call to action, which will be interspersed within the weekend’s events as ‘bursts’ of feisty, poetic and diverse viewpoints.


Earth Learning is growing a life-sustaining culture in our home, the Greater Everglades bioregion, as well as seeding life-sustaining strategies in bioregions throughout North America.  To be a catalyst in the transition toward a life-sustaining culture in the Greater Everglades Bioregion by: Creating Access to ecological movements as they unfold locally; Weaving Connection toward collective wisdom and a shared vision; Building Capacity via ecological learning experiences; and Growing Roots by inspiring and modeling local, eco-social ventures.  We are part of a global movement that is transitioning us toward an ecologically sustainable world. 


Miami-Dade County Auditorium opened its doors in 1951. It has a splendid history as one of South Florida’s premier performing arts centers. This popular multipurpose theatre features Art Deco Revival décor. It offers two dynamic presentation styles: a 2,372-seat theater that can host major dance, theatre and music performances; and a 250-seat black box theatre in which both the audience and performers share the stage of the auditorium, adapted into an innovative studio theatre for more intimate - and often cutting-edge - shows. In January 2012, the operation of Miami-Dade County Auditorium was transferred to the Department of Cultural Affairs, which hasa track record and reputation of innovation and artistic excellence.  Project and organizational support for

Support for Climakaze Miami comes in part from the Miami Dade County Auditorium, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council; Glassworks Multimedia, Romaldesign, The Miami Herald, and WDNA.