Ocean Trilogy is a collaboration between SpectorDance and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute highlighting the health of our ocean at a critical moment in human history. Inspired by interviews with renown ocean experts, this 45-minute multidisciplinary piece explores the human impacts challenging our ocean, innovations and hopeful possibilities from cutting-edge ocean science research, and the importance of embracing science as the foundation for making informed policy decisions. Ocean Trilogy weaves together rap and classical music, urban and contemporary dance, visual images, and spoken word into a unique production. Performances may also include a presentation by an MBARI researcher. Ocean Trilogy aims to communicate science in a way that reaches people's hearts. Ocean Trilogy aims to promote conversation and to inspire the next generation of ocean stewards.
"The show was wonderful, Fran! I’ve never seen anything like it. What a fresh, moving interpretation of the existential threat that our GHG emissions present – to our ocean and to ourselves. The dancers were both powerful and fragile, as we all are. Baba voiced some hard truths that I struggle with as a science communicator. The video and audio clips were clearly the result of patient, painstaking, thoughtful edits. It was breathtaking to experience these expert insights in juxtaposition with live movement. Tears came to my eyes several times, yet, I left motivated to push forward for collective action."
Kera Abrahma Panni
Monterey Bay Aquarium Science Communications
"Thank you again for a great performance tonight. Ocean Trilogy has grown so much. I liked it before, but now I love it. The dancers are spectacular, the video montages are stunning, the addition of rap between dances is entertaining and thought provoking, and
the ending is uplifting."
Dr. George I. Matsumoto
Senior Education and Research Specialist
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
"Ocean Trilogy is a masterpiece in the making."
Mary Ann Leffel
"Ocean Trilogy helps people connect profoundly with ocean issues more than we might just through our mind's ability to process information and connect dots. The impact goes deeper when our body or emotions become engaged, too. Jane Parker Ocean Trilogy helps people connect profoundly with ocean issues more than we might just through our mind's ability to process information and connect dots. The impact goes deeper when our body or emotions become engaged, too. "
Ocean Trilogy performance at the Monterey Bay Aquarium 2016 / Filmed By Kyra Schlining