With Deep Surface, Film Meets Dance at Miami Beach Cinematheque
Parisians Sabrina Montiel-Soto (visual art and video) and Walid Breidi (multimedia art) join forces with Pulido and Miami dancer and choreographer Sandra Portal-Andreu to bring many points of view into focus on a single object: the sea. On Wednesday, Deep Surface reaches the Miami Beach Cinematheque with its part film, part performance, all interdisciplinary work of art that's also a meditation on nature.
Pulido drew upon sounds from Miami Beach's Ocean Drive as well as the ocean itself, for his soundscape. After previews since 2005 in Miami and Brussels, Deep Surface premiered in full on the Ocean Drive Main Stage at Miami Beach's 2009 Sleepless Night.
Layers of visual as well as sonic information unfold during the performance.
As Portal-Andreu dances in front of a screen, her shadow synthesizes with the projected images behind her. Musicians working on classical instruments and those using computers create a dynamic sound environment. Sculpture and interactive media account for two additional components of the total work of art.
Deep Surface, described in its press material as "mainly a contemporary art piece," proposes that "through a new multimedia artistic perspective it also seeks to remind the audience about the sea's importance to humanity and the necessity of its preservation." As such, the performance serves as the artists' "homage to the sea."
Natural and synthetic sounds, as well as live and canned performance, create a platform onto which audience members can project their own relationship to the sea. While the artists of Deep Surface are not heavy-handed in their message of ocean awareness, the multimedia art work does have at its heart a deep respect and concern for the health of the water and an urgency for humans to protect it.
With the Ocean Foundation as a sponsor of the project and UNESCO listed as supplying "moral patronage," Deep Surface delivers a layer of eco-consciousness among many artistic disciplines and forms of communication.
Deep Surface place Wednesday, June 8 at 8 p.m. at Miami Beach Cinematheque (Historic City Hall, 1130 Washington Ave., Miami Beach). Tickets cost $17 general adult, $16 student or senior, or $15 MBC member. Visit mbcinema.com.
--Emily Hite of artburstmiami.com