In its centennial anniversary, The Kampong, home of David and Marian Fairchild will be the setting for Ana Mendez’s performance TRANSPLANTS. The performance is based on Fairchild’s introduction of over 200,000 varieties of plants to the United States. The performance has been developed as a collage, mimicking the physical and delicate act of transplantation. It will also draw on the subliminal storylines found in the home’s physical characteristics and rich history. The home served as a gateway into the world outside of South Florida, represented in its many exotic trees and the Southeast Asian-inspired architecture.
The performance brings together elemental properties of the home, and Fairchild’s unique relationship with nature for a daytrip into the dwelling space of one of Miami’s most influential inhabitants.
Jennifer Martin Bermudez
Monica Lopez De Victoria
About Ana Mendez
Ana Mendez is a professional dancer, performance artist and Bodytalk practitioner from Miami. She has been commissioned by the Adrienne Arsht Center through Miami Light Projects’ Here and Now Festival, the de la Cruz Collection, Miami Art Museum, ArtCenter/South Florida, the Bass Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami and Bas Fisher Invitational. She is an artist fellow for the Artist in Residence in the Everglades program. Last summer, Mendez performed Liminal Being for the group show, Auto Body, in Buenos Aires at the Faena art space. Most recently, she is one of six inaugural artists commissioned for the Pioneer Winter Collective’s site specific fellowship Grass Stains. Mendez has also performed for Dara Freidman, Natasha Tsakos, Octavio Campos, Miami Contemporary Dance Company, Circ X, Miami Theater Center, and Rosie Herrera Dance Theater.
About Grass Stains
Grass Stains is a site-specific initiative created by Pioneer Winter Collective and funded by the Knight Foundation and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs that focuses on the mentoring and commissioning of six original premieres by South Florida-based performance artists. This inaugural year selected six women artists: Agustina Woodgate, Niurca Marquez, Marissa Nick, Ana Mendez, and Jenny Larsson, with mentoring by renowned LA-based site choreographer Stephan Koplowitz.
About Pioneer Winter Collective
Invested in physical theatre, contemporary dance, interdisciplinary collaboration, and transmedia. The Collective provides a platform for risk-taking, progressive, and experimental arts initiatives: democratizing dance and performance through unexpected bodies in unexpected places, producing unexpected leadership and change.