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At Water's Edge / Al filo del agua

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An Art2Action production

Co-Directed by Dora Arreola & Celeste Miller



At Water’s Edge / Al Filo del Agua @ Grinnell College

In-Person and Online!

Thu–Sat, April 27–29, 2023, 7:30 p.m.
Sun, April 30, 2023, 2 p.m.

Bucksbaum Arts Center, Flanagan Theatre

1108 Park St, Grinnell, IA 50112

Ticketing and livestream registration opens April 26th HERE.


AT WATER'S EDGE / AL FILO DEL AGUA is an open-air, interactive, theatre and dance performance, with storytelling and live music, created by three women from different generations and different geographic locations—one in the United States, the other in Mexico, and the third at the edge of the two. Stories, legends, and acts of resistance intertwine as their lives intersect.


A bilingual, international collaboration co-created by choreographers/co-directors Celeste Miller and Dora Arreola, with dancer Miroslava Wilson and members of Mujeres en Ritual Danza Teatro, AT WATER'S EDGE has been developed through a multi-site process at the artists' various locations: Florida and Iowa in the U.S.A., and Baja California in Mexico. Through improvisations, site-specific interventions, personal stories, queer and feminist re-tellings of legends and myths, AT WATER'S EDGE connects with movements for women's rights, as well as nature and water protection. Themes include climate crisis, migration, and solastalgia – the longing for a home that is disappearing, landscapes destroyed (or changed) by natural or human-made disasters.


AT WATER'S EDGE asks: What are the borders that divide you? What are the frontiers you approach? What are the edges you evade? Where do we find hope—in our bodies, songs, and stories... 


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Al filo del agua es una propuesta escénica de danza, historias, cantos y música en vivo, que explora la relación entre tres mujeres de diferentes generaciones y de diferentes latitudes geográficas.  Dirigida por Celeste Miller y Dora Arreola, Al filo del agua expone la historia de mujeres que fueron expulsadas del “paraíso” por tomar responsabilidad de sus propias vidas. Su pasión por percibir la realidad de una manera diferente a lo establecido se convirtió en el pecado original de la caída de la humanidad, por lo que las mujeres continúan siendo culpadas y castigadas. En sus exilios, las tres mujeres de Al filo del agua, entrelazan sus historias para intersectar sus ciclos de vida y sus resiliencias. Sus rituales contienen profundos lazos en los que encuentran los mismo deseo de libertad, equidad de género y protección a la naturaleza. Los temas de Al filo del agua son los derechos de las mujeres, crisis climática y migración. Es una obra interactiva y al aire libre donde las respuestas del público, contribuyen al desarrollo de una de las escenas. ¿Cuáles son las fronteras que te dividen? ¿Qué es lo desconocido en tu vida, lo cual evades o te acercas? ¿Dónde encontramos esperanza en nuestro cuerpos?




DORA ARREOLA (CO-CREATOR/DIRECTOR/PERFORMER) has more than 30 years of professional experience as a theatre and dance artist. She is the founder and Artistic Director of the company Mujeres en Ritual Danza-Teatro, founded in 1999 in Tijuana, Mexico. In 1987-89, Arreola was a participant at Jerzy Grotowski's Workcenter in Pontedera, Italy. She has a master’s degree in Directing from the University of Massachusetts. Arreola is currently an Associate Professor at the University of South Florida (USF) School of Theatre and Dance. She is also a founding member of Art2Action.


SIKI CARPIO (VOCALIST) is an actress, dancer, and professional singer. She has been a member of Dora Arreola’s company Mujeres en Ritual Danza Teatro since 2000. Carpio founded the therapeutic voice school "El canto y el cuerpo" in Mexico in 2017. She graduated from the Baja California Orchestra Conservatory, specializing in Bel Canto. 


CHIP EPSTEN (COMPOSER/MUSICIAN) is a composer and violinist who works collaboratively with theater, dance, and film artists. He has worked with Celeste Miller for many years on projects exploring science and ritual through historical figures and fantasy. As a violinist, Epsten composes and performs in Atlanta with the Artifactual String Unit and the Atlanta Improv Orchestra.


CELESTE MILLER (CO-CREATOR/DIRECTOR/PERFORMER) is a “talking dancer,” ensemble choreographer, and animator of community dance projects. Recognition for her work has come from American Festival Project, NEA Choreography Fellowship, Atlanta Mayor's Fellowship in the Arts, among others. Celeste is the founder of Curriculum in Motion® (JPCIM, 1994-present) at Jacob’s Pillow. She is associate professor of dance and currently serves as the Chair of the Department of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies at Grinnell College.

MIROSLAVA WILSON (CO-CREATOR/PERFORMER) is an interdisciplinary artist, dancer, choreographer, teacher and director. She co-founded the Tijuana-based dance company Péndulo Cero, of which she has been Co-Artistic Director since 2008. Her work has been presented in Europe, Asia, and the Americas. She graduated from the Professional School of Contemporary Dance of Mazatlán; she also has a master’s degree in Marine Sciences with a specialty in Marine Biology from UNAM.


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At Water's Edge / Al filo del agua - TRAILER
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Trailer: Al filo del agua / At Water's Edge
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National Performance Network (NPN) - 2017 Creation Fund Awards Announcement

Creative Pinellas, Arts Coast Magazine - Healing Through Performance

Creative Loafing - MFA St. Pete’s final ‘Water’s Edge’ bilingual theater and dance performance happens Sunday

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AT WATER'S EDGE / AL FILO DEL AGUA is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation & Development Fund Project co-commissioned by Art2Action, in partnership with Grinnell College, and NPN. The Creation & Development Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency). For more information, visit Additional support comes from the NPN Artist Engagement Fund, and the Ford Foundation.
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