Based on and inspired by stories of Latina women.
Bird Woman is a multimedia performance by Carla Forte that fuses dance, film, original music and sound installation. It is based on and inspired by stories of Latina immigrant women. The piece explores the human condition and translates their stories into gestures, emotions and movements, creating a new language to express these women’s thoughts, desires, emotions and hopes.
Conceived and Directed: Carla Forte
Choreography: Alexey Taran & Carla Forte
Performed by: Carla Forte
Video performers: Niurca Marquez, Maria Belen Bersman, Monica Quintero, Isolina Leon, Li Milian, Lili(ana), Yris Marcano, Shanieya Harris, Yamilet Hernandez, M. Andrea Briceño, Jeannina Sillie Rios, Carleidy Lozada, Karen Barba, Wendy Arista, Maria Magdalena Ruiz, Sandra Portal Andreu, Rosa Marina Torres, Yannina Suarez, Marlene Estrada, Piedad Mesia, Diana Lucia Estrada Portal, Aura Villarroel, Duleynis Hidalgo Gonzalez, Xiomara Gonzalez, Lynaida Galarde, Vivian Martell, Corina Freyre, Maritza Sillie, Hilda Marquez, Jackie Delgado, Hilda Concepcion, Lucia Aratanha, Dama Vicke, Dee Bertoldi, Dinorah de Jesus Rodriguez, Dignora Rodriguez, Diana Aquino, Izareth Bastidas, Roseliz Gonzalez, Antonieta Forte, Antonella Forte, Adela Sillie Ríos, Angelica Rodrigues, Carla Forte, Emilia Lopez, Rocio Almazar, Lisu Vega, Alla Taran, Grettel Montes de Oca, Alexana Jimenez, Susan Caraballo.
LASCIA ch’io pianga and son Nata a lagrimar by George Frideric Handel
Lacrimosa by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Original Music: FEMME – Composed and Produced by Abiram Brizuela
Featuring: Veronica Osorio
Based on poems by Carla Forte, Veronica Osorio, Deyanira Contreras, Lisbeth Coiman & Carolina Gonzalez.
Chello: Cora Chung
Violin & Viola: Eddie Cordero
Drones: Patrice Tarabbia
Mixed by: Carlos Pineda
Production and Sound Design: SINA by Dee Bertoldi, featuring Pamelli Marafon on Piano.
Lighting Design and Technical Director: Alexey Taran
Fashion Art: Lisu Vega
Illustrations: Vicente Forte
Sound Installation: Dee Bertoldi
Video Installation: Carla Forte and Alexey Taran
Poems: Corina Freyre
Bird Woman’s presentation is funded by grants from Funding Arts Network (FAN), South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; The Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation at The Miami Foundation; National Performance Network (NPN) Artist Engagement Fund; Bistoury Physical Theatre and Film; PAM CUT’S Sustainability Labs; and OCinema.
Special Thanks: Beth Boone, Regina Moore, Eventz Paul, Terrence Brunn, Pedro Guevara, Oscar Lobo, Marlon Alvarado, Robert. D Luciano, Gary Lund, Ismael Gomez and Ben Popp, Niurca Marquez.
Carla Forte (Caracas, Venezuela) is an interdisciplinary artist incorporating dance, film and performance through different media, focusing on the emotions as a starting point. She is the co-founder and film director of Bistoury Physical Theatre and Film. Her feature films and experimental pieces have been screened at prominent film festivals and galleries such as: ”76 Festival Internazionale del Cinema di Salerno” Italy (2022); “The University Galleries of Florida Atlantic University” Boca Raton-Florida (2021); “CICA Museum” Gyeonggi-do- South Korea (2021); “16 SANFIC Santiago Festival Internacional de Cine Chile” (2021); “62 Rochester International Film Festival’’ (2020); “37 Miami Film Festival” Miami- Florida (2020); “OGA VideoArt Exhibitions” Roma, Italy (2018); “41st Atlanta Film Festival’’ Atlanta- Georgia (2017); “Cube Art Project” Lincoln- Nebraska (2017); “Les Instants Video” Marseille- France (2014), among others. Her works have been acquired by Gravitas Adventures, South Florida PBS and Troma Entertainment. Forte has won commissions, awards and artistic residencies from prestigious programs such as: PAM CUT’s Sustainability Labs -Portland (2022); South Florida Cultural Consortium Artist Acquisition Program Miami-Dade Art in Public Places (2020-2021). South Florida Cultural Consortium (2021); Dance Miami Choreographers (2020); Knight Arts Challenge Florida (2019); En Residencia Koubek Center -Miami (2019) and Berlinale Talent- Berlin (2017).
Eventz Paul is currently the Technical Director and Productions Manager at Miami Light Project. He has been a part of this organization since 2011. He participated in Miami Light Project’s first class of the Technical Fellowship Program held at The Light Box. He joined this program hoping to improve his existing theater skills. He received training from experts in the industry that mentored and further his theater technical skills. Now, he has successfully used his professional knowledge and has had the opportunity to work with various arts organizations and venues throughout Miami including Miami Theater Center, National Young Arts Foundation, the Colony Theatre and many more. He has become an instructor and conducts audiovisual classes to incoming technical fellows.
Beth Boone has been the Artistic & Executive Director of Miami Light Project since 1998, developing critically acclaimed artistic programs that have asserted the organization as one of the leading cultural institutions in South Florida. These programs include: the establishment of Here & Now, South Florida’s most respected commission and presenting program for community-based artists; premiere presentations of internationally acclaimed; pioneering historic international cultural exchange with Cuba; and the creation of The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, a multi-use performance and visual art space in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District. She previously served as Associate Director of Development for Florida Grand Opera, Deputy Director for the Department of Cultural Affairs at Miami Dade Community College, Wolfson Campus, co-founded an Off Broadway theater company (New York Rep), and served for six years as a Program Associate in the Arts & Culture Program of the AT&T Foundation. She received a B.A. in Fine Arts from the College of Charleston in South Carolina, and a MFA in Theater Arts from Brandeis University in Boston, MA.