"LUCK" Grass Stains Performance by Sandra Portal-Andreu Synopsis: Sandra Portal-Andreu’s site-specific work Luck is set and inspired at the historic Hialeah Park (Hialeah Park Studios). This live performance explores notions of luck and fortune in early Miami through the dichotomy of the human spirit that conceived it and the majestic horses that manifested it. Luck will activate spaces on-site, where the likes of Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor, and the Rat Pack once visited. First opened for thoroughbred racing in 1925 by Glenn Curtis and James H. Bright, Hialeah Park Race Track is the oldest existing recreational facility in Southeast Florida. Known for its beautiful European-inspired architecture, rich history of thoroughbred racing, and Audubon bird sanctuary featuring the iconic pink flamingos, the site has transformed and evolved over the course of its 90+ years. Sandra Portal-Andreu’s Luck highlights this transformation further - both the architectural and community history of one of Miami’s most hidden gems, and shares a uniquely creative experience for new and returning members of the public.

About: This premiere was commissioned by the Pioneer Winter Collective and its site-specific performance initiative GRASS STAINS, supported by the John and James L. Knight Foundation, as well as the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

Location and Parking: Hialeah Park Studios 2200 E 4th Avenue Hialeah, FL 33013 (305) 885-8000 Ample free parking! Please enter via the Champion Simulcasting entrance on 2200 E 4th Avenue. Free parking is available by following the winding road to the open parking lot. Metro Rail access is also available at the Hialeah stop.

Tickets: All performances are free and open to the public. The purpose of this Eventbrite is to encourage attendees to RSVP and commit to the experience. This page also has all information related to the performances, including location and parking.

Accessibility: To request materials in accessible format, and/or any disability accommodation, please contact Grass Stains production manager Hector Machado at or (305) 834-2599 five days in advance to initiate your request.

About the Artist: Sandra Portal-Andreu is a Miami native of Cuban and Colombian descent. She received an AA from New World School of the Arts, BFA in Dance from Florida State University, and MS in Movement Sciences from Barry University. Additionally, she trained with Fernando Bujones, Suzanne Farrell, Gerri Houlihan, Roxane D’Orleans-Juste, and Thomas Richards at the Workcentre of Jerzy Grotowski in Pontedera, Italy. Her performance experience includes Arts Ballet Theatre of South Florida, Josee Garant Dance, Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet’s Lounge 2200, Camposition, TOC Project, and Juggerknot Theater Company.

Portal-Andreu independently creates and presents work throughout the community with her project-based group bETTA Moves. She addresses current issues that dive into women’s identities and roles by mixing dance with dialogue. Her work has received support from the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, PBS Filmmaker Project, Miami Light Project, Miami-Dade Public Library System, CityTheater Miami, MicroTheater, Sarasota Contemporary Dance Company, and Pioneer Winter Collective’s Grass Stains 2018. In addition to her choreographic and performance experience, Sandra Portal-Andreu has worked on numerous film/television projects including El Ultimo Balsero by Carlos Betancourt, Labyrinth with Claudio Marcotulli, Marilyn in Miami and Aurea by Agatino Zurria, Dancer by Dara Friedman, and Designing Spaces for Lifetime TV. She forever gives thanks to her family, friends, her husband, Juan, and her boys, Gabo and Julian, for their unconditional love and support.

About the Venue: Historic Hialeah Park contains one of horse racing’s oldest and most prominent tracks. Built in 1925 as a resort facility, the park was modeled after European racing sites such as Longchamps in France and several notable tracks in England. Acquired in 1930 by Joseph Widener, the park was redesigned and includes a Renaissance Revival clubhouse, associated buildings and formal landscaped gardens of flora and fauna native to southern Florida. The park has a lake with several islands inhabited by large flocks of pink flamingos. Historic Hialeah Park has become so famous for these birds that it has been officially designated a sanctuary for the American Flamingo by the Audubon Society. The racetrack and associated buildings are among the oldest existing recreational facilities in southern Florida. Originally built to attract the rich and famous who rode special trains to the park from Palm Beach, Historic Hialeah Park has contributed to the development and popularization of southern Florida as a winter resort. Hialeah’s 1 1/8-mile racing oval was considered one of the best surfaces in the country, and the distinguished Mediterranean-style architecture long made it a national landmark. Today, under the "Hialeah Park Studios" banner, Historic Hialeah Park is offering this iconic, versatile venue as a backlot, basecamp, and production hub for the film and television industry. As a unique performance space, Historic Hialeah Park Studios also looks forward to welcoming and embracing our flourishing local arts and cultural community.