The Mermaid Tear Factory
The Mermaid Tear Factory is an ongoing performance laboratory and site-specific exploration of the mermaid myth, and how the goddesses of the sea are confronting our hedonistic and pathological single use plastics consumption, and how this dispersion has infiltrated our oceans, our minds and our bodies. The performance tells the story of a vigilante mermaid who is half activist-saleswoman-professor and half sea-goddess: a post-modern Yemanjá-descended eco-crime fighter who lives in a tent on the beach.
This performance aims to poetically promote dynamic dialogue around the crisis of what many call one of the biggest threats to our biosphere: The plastics pollution and acidification of our planet’s oceansThe work is designed to exist, free of charge, in a public space where people have independently congregated to enjoy the ocean, but can also be presented indoors in English, Portuguese and Spanish.
Mermaid Tear Factory - Miami Beach, Florida (August 2015)
The first version of the scenic work was premiered in Miami in August 2015 (Spanglish version) with support from the Miami Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, Miami Light Project and FUNDarte, and took place at two different beach locations east of the dunes on Miami Beach.
A Fabrica de Lagrimas de Sirena - Havana, Cuba
Soon after, a fully Spanish verion was presented at the Havana International Theater Festival in the foyer of the Teatro Trianón on Calle Linea with further support from FUNDarte and Teatro El Público.
A Fabrica de Lagrimas de Sereia - Bahia, Brazil (2016)
In January 2016, a Portuguese version was presented as part of socio-environmental events of the Capoeira Association of Paraguassu, on Itaparica Island, Gamboa, Vera Cruz. The latest presentation of this work was an abbreviated beach-based version presented on Praia da Gamboa on the Island of Itaparica in Brazil, also performed as part of The Federal University of Bahia's Geo-Science School's Oceanography Week.
Other modified performances of this work have been presented in Wynwood, Miami at the Wynwood Walls as part of the Environmental Grant Makers Association, and at Viscaya Estate and Gardens as part of FIU’s Fragile Habitat Series in 2016.
All performances and activites of The Mermaid Tear Factory have received support from the Post Graduate Program in Performing Arts of the University of Bahia, Brazil and FUNDarte’s Miami On Stage initiative.