40. Heather Maloney

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40. Heather Maloney

Heather Maloney is a performer and choreographer who grew up on an idyllic, organic farm in Virginia. This is where Maloney acquired her environmental and social activism, her sense of purpose, and choreographic language. Maloney says her work is built from extremes--of desire, confinement, freedom, and even the weather. She centers on global issues that lie dormant in the body, in the bones, and comes to life through movement.

Maloney's latest project, Vertical Sprawl, which looks at how humans

have faith in a future darkened with the extreme changes in the

environment, is a collaboration with composer Juan Carlos Espinosa.

Vertical Sprawl mashes together disparate narratives, from the Easter

Island Birdman myth to Miami's real estate boom-and-bust cycle.

"I am a choreographer whose definitive action," Maloney explains, "is to

make work that addresses the unseen parts of our humanity. I use space

as a platform for social change." In Vertical Sprawl, Maloney asks an

essential question: What spaces have we abandoned within ourselves when

we build skyscrapers as island temples?  

Whatever spaces we have abandoned, Maloney has reclaimed some of them

with Inkub8. As the artistic director of Inkub8, an

alternative whitebox/studio/performance space located in Wynwood,

Maloney has created an organization that's become an epicenter (and

incubator) for experimental, multidisciplinary works in Miami. Inkub8 is

a manifestation of Maloney's belief in using space as a platform for

social change and artistic expression. And Miami's performing arts

community has landed some fertile farming ground because of it.  

An excerpt of Vertical Sprawl will be presented by the Florida Dance

Festival as a part of Winterfest tonight and tomorrow at the Byron

Carlyle Theatre (500 71st St., Miami Beach) at 8 p.m.. Tickets cost $15

general, $10 for students and seniors.

1. List five things that inspire you.

-Abandoned spaces -- prehistoric to modern


-Being in love

-The sound of motion

-An empty room


2. What was your last big project?

Aside from Vertical Sprawl, I have just celebrated the one year

anniversary of inkub8. Over the course of the year we have launched an

open-studio series, a monthly series on the Second Saturday Wynwood

artwalk, where over 50 artists have presented works in progress; the

Summer Movement Intensive 2010, a week-long performance art/dance lab;

weekly dance classes; and a visual art/dance collaboration presented

during Art Basel.

3. What is your next big project?

I am working on a new, evening-length performance project to premiere in

May. We're also launching a Community Supported Artcub8 to help support

residencies of hybrid contemporary performance artists. On the farm in

Virginia where I was raised, the core of our income came from

community-supported agriculture. After a recent visit home I thought to

myself, "why not try this at Inkub8?" I know that in other cities,

artist collectives have used this frame to support the creation of new

work -- so I figured why not try it in Miami!

4. Why do you do what you do?

I couldn't imagine doing anything else, and I can't even begin to

textualize how grateful I am for the opportunity to do what I do.

5. What is something you want Miami to know about you?

My role is eclectic -- sometimes a director, sometimes a social

activist, an  environmentalist, an anthropologist, but I'm always a

farmer of dreams.

What is something you don't want Miami to know about you?

I can be scared of the dark in the city -- but never in the forest.

-- Neil de la Flor of

The Creatives so far:

41. Jorge Rubiera
42. Elaine Lancaster
43. Nick Duckart
44. Danielle Estefan
45. John Dufresne
46. Monica Lopez de Victoria
47. Bill Bilowit

48. Alette Simmons-Jimenez
49. Tawnie Silva
50. Ginger Bardot
51. Jonathan David Kane
52. Naomi Fisher
53. Rocky Grimes
54. Teresa Barcelo
55. Paul Tei
56. Lee Materazzi

57. Karla Garcia
58. Anna Mixon
59. Octavio Campos
60. P. Scott Cunningham
61. Elena Garcia
62. Summer Hill
63. Autumn Casey
64. Juan Navarro
65. Serge Toussaint
66. David Rohn
67. Diane Brache
68. Spencer Morin
69. James Anthony
70. Jim Drain
71. Claudia Calle
72. Kevin Arrow

73. Andrew Hevia
74. Ana Mendez
75. Michael McKeever
76. Diana Lozano
77. Ricardo Pau-Llosa
78. Agustina Woodgate
79. Tarell Alvin McCraney
80. Jennifer Kronenberg
81. Farley Aguilar
82. Colin Foord
83. Karelle Levy
84. Matt Gajewski
85. Antonia Wright
86. Allen Charles Klein
87. Christy Gast
88. Gustavo Matamoros
89. Shareen Rubiera-Sarwar

90. Kyle Trowbridge
91. Clifton Childree
92. Jessica Gross
93. Danny Brito
94. Nektar de Stagni
95. Anthony Spinello
96. Vanessa Garcia
97. Justin Long
98. Rosie Herrera
99. Rick Falcon

100. Ingrid B

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