SPECTORDANCE & THE MONTEREY BAY AQUARIUM RESEARCH INSTITUTE PRESENT
A DANCE MEDIA PROJECT ABOUT CRITICAL ISSUES FACING OUR WORLD OCEAN
BRINGING TOGETHER SCIENCE & ART, FACT & FEELING, INFORMATION & INSPIRATION — ENGAGING NEW AUDIENCES, ENLIGHTENING MINDS, INSTIGATING CHANGE
*WINNER OF $20,000 IN TOM’S OF MAINE* “50 STATES FOR GOOD” NATIONAL INITIATIVE
OCEAN IS AN ORIGINAL WORK INSPIRED BY RESEARCH AND INTERVIEWS WITH WORLD RENOWNED OCEAN SCIENTISTS.
CHOREOGRAPHY: Fran Spector Atkins, Artistic Director and Founder of SpectorDance
VIDEO INTEGRATION: William Roden/New Dawn Studios
MUSIC: Colin Farish featured in music by Coyote Jump, courtesy of Canyon Records www.canyonrecords.com
PHOTOGRAPHY: Kip Evans & Chuck Davis
Check out the latest article about Ocean in the MBARI News
PAST PERFORMANCE EVENTS
OCEAN & Out of the Blue
OCEAN brings together artists, scientists, and educators to expand perspectives, stimulate discussion, and, contribute original solutions to the challenges facing one of the Earth’s most critical resources. This ambitious project is part of an effort to educate and inspire audiences about the ocean and what can be done to protect and preserve this vast and powerful natural resource. OCEAN explores changing issues such as ocean chemistry, storm patterns, extinction of species, the food web, respect for ancient knowledge about sustainable practices, and options for the future. The piece is inspired by filmed interviews with renowned ocean scientists about the impact of human activity on our world ocean.
SpectorDance and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) are collaborating on this innovative project merging art and science to investigate the effects of human activity on our world ocean, engage young audiences, foster constructive dialogue, and inspire responsible stewardship.
Interviewees include: Dr Sylvia Earle (National Geographic Explorer, author), Dr. Peter Brewer (Nobel Prize-winning chemical oceanographer at MBARI), Dr. James Barry (benthic biologist at MBARI), Dr. Alana Sherman (electrical engineer at MBARI), Dr. Kenneth Coale (Chemical Oceanographer and former Director of Moss Landing Marine Labs), Erin Loury (Moss Landing Marine Labs graduate student), Dr. James Lindholm (Division of Science and Environmental Policy at California State University, Monterey Bay), Andrea Olsen (author and professor of Dance and the Environment from Middlebury College), and Kip Evans and Chuck Davis (ocean photographers)
Out of the Blue is a playful introduction to the diversity of ocean life created for and performed by SpectorDance dancers of all ages and levels of experience along with the SpectorDance Youth Company. Out of the Blue is the foundation for the development of an extensive educational outreach program to heighten awareness of the responsibility we share of keeping the ocean healthy and beautiful. When possible, Out of the Blue will be performed along with OCEAN.
PERFORMANCES MAY INCLUDE REMARKS BY RENOWNED OCEAN SCIENTISTS FROM MBARI
Dr. James Barry is one of the featured speakers. Dr. Barry is a Senior Scientist at MBARI, with a background in biological oceanography and marine ecology. Dr. Barry’s research program focuses on the effects of climate-related changes in ocean conditions, including ocean warming, acidification, and hypoxia, on the physiology and ecology of marine life. Other areas of expertise and research include deep-sea biology, the ecology of chemosynthetic biological communities, polar marine ecology, and the biology of submarine canyon communities. In addition to publishing over 100 scientific papers, Dr. Barry has helped inform policy-makers on ocean acidification, ocean carbon sequestration, and climate change by speaking at congressional hearings, briefings, and meetings with members of Congress.
Dr. George Matsumoto, Senior Research and Education Specialist at MBARI, offers a special presentation geared toward youth audience members. Dr. Matsumoto’s specific areas of interest include: ecology and biogeography of open ocean and deep sea organisms; functional morphology, natural history, and behavior of pelagic and benthic organisms; and systematics and evolution of ctenophores and cnidarians (molecular phylogeny). Dr. Matsumoto is active on many committees at the local, regional and national level. At MBARI, he manages a number of different projects including the seminar program, the internship program, and joint activities with the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
“Perhaps with knowing will come caring, and with caring, impetus toward the needed sea change of attitude, one that combines the wisdom of science and the sensitivity of art to create an enduring ethic.” Sylvia Earle, Ocean Scientist
“As we know, the ocean is essential to all life. On one level, we enjoy the sheer beauty of the ocean. On another level, science is seeing significant changes in our ocean.There is an urgent need to heighten awareness of this situation that will impact our future food sources, our natural environment, and human survival. As artists and as citizens we are compelled to respond with our hearts, minds and voices.” Fran Spector Atkins, Choreographer/Artistic Director
OCEAN COLLABORATORS: Choreography by Fran Spector Atkins Media Integration by William Roden (with support from Tricia Roden) Original Music by Colin Farish Costumes by Ziona Goren Scientific Consulation by Kyra Schlining Dancers: Vicky Alverez, Maria Basile, Paige Guthormsen, Joshua Lau, Lilly Nguyen, with SpectorDance Youth Company
OCEAN also includes an educational outreach program for artistically underserved youth and their families. Curriculum based on California Educational Standards has been developed and is available. The educational program gives students an opportunity to explore a topic in the classroom, see a related live performance, and then interpret, discuss and write about their impressions and discoveries based on what they have experienced. Schools will be invited to organize local service projects as inspired by their participation in this program. Ocean will be performed for Sunset Center’s “Classroom Connections” program on November 17, at First Night Monterey on December 31, and at the National Steinbeck Center on March 1, 2012.
Dancers in top photo are Lilly Nguyen, Paige Guthormsen, Maria Basile; photo by Scott Belding. Dancer in bottom photo is Paige Guthormsen; photo by William Roden/New Dawn Studio. Video credits Ocean – Extinction Choreography by Fran Spector Atkins Videography and editing by William Roden/New Dawn Studios, Dancers Maria Basile and Lilly Nguyen. Music is from “Waking from the Roots” from the album Waking from the Roots by Coyote Jump featuring Colin Farish and John-Carlos Perea courtesy Canyon Records License 2011-102. www.CanyonRecords.com. All rights reserved.
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