Film & TV

With Deep Surface, Film Meets Dance at Miami Beach Cinematheque

Composer Gabriel Pulido, who conceived the multimedia performance work Deep Surface, has a degree in music synthesis. Perhaps that's one reason why the Venezuelan-born artist's collaborations take him to Paris and New York from his home base in Miami, bringing together influences from a variety of sources to create a coherent whole. 

Parisians Sabrina Montiel-Soto (visual art and video) and Walid Breidi (multimedia art) join forces with Pulido and Miami dancer and choreographer Sandra Portal-Andreu to bring many points of view into focus on a single object: the sea. On Wednesday, Deep Surface reaches the Miami Beach Cinematheque with its part film, part performance, all interdisciplinary work of art that's also a meditation on nature.

Pulido drew upon sounds from Miami Beach's Ocean Drive as well as the

ocean itself, for his soundscape. After previews since 2005 in Miami and

Brussels, Deep Surface premiered in full on the Ocean Drive Main Stage

at Miami Beach's 2009 Sleepless Night.

Layers of visual as well as sonic information unfold during the


As Portal-Andreu dances in front of a screen, her shadow

synthesizes with the projected images behind her. Musicians working on

classical instruments and those using computers create a dynamic sound

environment. Sculpture and interactive media account for two additional

components of the total work of art.

Deep Surface, described in its press material as "mainly a contemporary

art piece," proposes that "through a new multimedia artistic perspective

it also seeks to remind the audience about the sea's importance to

humanity and the necessity of its preservation." As such, the

performance serves as the artists' "homage to the sea."

Natural and synthetic sounds, as well as live and canned performance,

create a platform onto which audience members can project their own

relationship to the sea. While the artists of Deep Surface are not

heavy-handed in their message of ocean awareness, the multimedia art

work does have at its heart a deep respect and concern for the health of

the water and an urgency for humans to protect it.

With the Ocean

Foundation as a sponsor of the project and UNESCO listed as supplying

"moral patronage," Deep Surface delivers a layer of eco-consciousness

among many artistic disciplines and forms of communication.

Deep Surface place Wednesday, June 8 at 8 p.m. at Miami Beach

Cinematheque (Historic City Hall, 1130 Washington Ave., Miami Beach).

Tickets cost $17 general adult, $16 student or senior, or $15 MBC

member. Visit

--Emily Hite of