Flowers for Spring turns the heartbreaking experience of choreographer Marissa Alma Nick grandmothers’ passing in 2015 into a dance of love. This evening length work of powerful contemporary dance that captures the bewilderment, sorrow and gratitude for those who have witnessed loved ones succumb to dementia.
Marissa Alma Nick is the founder, choreographer and artistic director of Alma Dance Theater. Her emotive driven choreography exists on stage, site-specific settings, screendances and conceptual installations. She is a graduate from New World School of the Arts, and received her BFA in Dance Performance from the University of South Florida. Nick has also participated in two of the Creative Capital Professional Development Programs. Her choreography has been commissioned by Miami Design District, Filmgate Interactive, the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Nova Southeastern University, and the Pioneer Winter Collective. She has been awarded a fellowship through Pioneer Winter Collective’s Grass Stains project; support through Miami-Dade County Cultural Affairs, the Miami Light Project, Inkub8, and Miami Dade County Auditorium; and an Artist Access award through Tigertail to attend Cinedans in Amsterdam. Marissa was also the director of Tigertail Produstions: Screendance Miami for three years in a row (2014 – 2016) and she was recently announced a finalist in the 2016 Miami New Times MasterMind Awards (award announced: Feb 18th).
Alma Dance Theater was founded in 2014 and premiered their first official public performance for the Miami Design District :’Miami Art Week’ with their site-specific performance of “Transpositions”, in collaboration with visual artist Paula Crown. In just two years, the company has performed for the national festival Dance USA and they have been named the “freshest dance troupe in Miami” by The Huffington Post. They have produced and premiered two main stage productions, screen dances and site-specific performances ; they have been a feature performer for Art Basel Miami, Tigertail Productions, Filmgate Miami and Grass Stains. Most recently the company is a recipient of the 2017 Knight Arts Challenge – in order to produce their first tour of the contemporary dance-theater show about dementia Flowers For Spring. They will also be presented at the 2017 APAP in NYC.
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