At Water's Edge / Al filo del agua

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By Celeste Miller and Dora Arreola, featuring Miroslava Wilson

Women At Water's Edge / Mujeres al filo del agua is a new, bilingual physical theatre / dance work exploring shifting borders / edges / filos, the natural and political forces that shape them, and the women who resist. 

Co-commissioned by Art2Action, Grinnell College, and the National Performance Network (NPN), nationally acclaimed choreographer Celeste Miller collaborates with Dora Arreola, founding Artistic Director of Mujeres en Ritual Danza-Teatro, to create a new physical theatre/dance work with text. Additional collaborators that include Miroslava Wilson, Artistic Director of Péndulo Cero Danza Contemporánea, Tijuana; Elise Witt singer/songwriter Atlanta, Georgia USA; Oscar Guzman, sound engineer, Tijuana; Adrianna Trujillo, videographer, Tijuana; and Dora’s ensemble company Mujeres en Ritual, Tijuana. At Water's Edge / Al filo del agua is being developed through a cross-border, multi-site process in the collaborating artists' locations -- Tampa, Atlanta, and Grinnell in the U.S., and Baja California, Mexico. This work will premiere in Tampa, Florida, as an outdoor, site-specific, interactive performance in June, before touring to Spain and Mexico in Fall 2022. 

In the creative process, these artists are exploring a collection of material, from readings to life experiences, to being in the studio, to being with others, to political turmoil and the places we find hope -- in our bodies, in words, in images...  Themes include Solastalgia: like nostalgia, except instead of longing for a home we have left, it is the longing for the home that has left us; including looking at climate change--landscapes, where we live, and what has been destroyed (or changed) by natural or human-made disasters.  It is also about the loss of values and beliefs previously held to be self-evident, that are now daily being hacked away, washed away.  The idea of the "Water's Edge" includes the shifting of borders/boundaries/edges/filos; natural forces that change the boundaries, as well as how political forces change borders, or delineate them.  Women in this location are women who refuse to follow the rules of patriarchy and its destructive patterns. 

TAMPA PREMIERE:  June 2022 - Stay tuned for updates!





National Performance Network (NPN) - 2017 Creation Fund Awards Announcement


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WOMEN AT WATER'S EDGE / MUJERES AL FILO DEL AGUA is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by Art2Action, Grinnell College, and NPN. For more information, visit Additional support provided by the Ford Foundation.