Nick Slie

Adaptations: Living with Change Artistic
Type of work

While in residence, Nick embarked on “Invisible Rivers,” a series of performances and public walks that seek to re-engage citizens with the wisdom of adaptation and uncertainty inherent in the once wild paths of the Mississippi River.  “Invisible Rivers” unites the power of art, the strategies of cultural organizing, and the wisdom of ancestry to investigate how the structures of control it takes to levee a river have shown up in the interior landscapes of the people, protecting us from a most necessary tool of adaptation: grief.

Nick Slie is a New Orleans-born performer, producer and cultural organizer. He is the Co-Artistic Director of Mondo Bizarro and an Associate Professor of Theater at Nunez Community College. Nick’s creative endeavors range from interdisciplinary solo performances to large-scale community festivals, from innovative digital storytelling projects to site-responsive productions. For more than a decade, he has been passionately engaged in rebuilding his hometown of New Orleans, collaborating across sectors on a vast array of local performance and arts-based civic engagement projects. Since 2002, Nick has toured a wide array of imaginative projects to art centers, universities and outdoor locations in 38 states across the country and abroad. However, he is most proud of the work he does in Southeast Louisiana, where the land kisses the water.

Headshot by Zack Smith, gallery photos by Melisa Cardona (evening) and Bruce France (daytime).