Fran Spector Atkins and SpectorDance Company dancers are thrilled to present a program at the Creativity at the Core Summer Institute, a state-wide event exploring 21st century innovations in educational curriculum highlighting the arts and interdisciplinary approaches to education. SpectorDance will present excerpts from Ocean Trilogy, a performance created in collaboration with Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, about challenges confronting the ocean and exciting possibilities from cutting-edge ocean science research. They will also demonstrate innovative ways students can engage with ocean science through movement.
"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