SpectorDance Launches New Monterey Ocean Arts Festival
Monterey Ocean Arts Festival is part of our evolving dance-science partnership between SpectorDance and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, exploring innovative ways that dance and the arts can promote awareness of ocean science. SpectorDance Company is currently performing Ocean Trilogy, a multidisciplinary performance and educational outreach program highlighting innovations and new possibilities from cutting-edge ocean research. Like Ocean Trilogy, Monterey Ocean Arts Festival uses the connection between art and science to celebrate the beauty of the ocean, educate our community about conversation efforts, and spark young artists to utilize their creativity to address the issues facing our world ocean. SpectorDance believes that dance and the arts can promote awareness of ocean science and catalyze change.
Monterey Ocean Arts Festival attendees will interact with onsite local science organizations and leading conservationists through educational materials and fun, engaging activities for all ages. Attendees can make plastic "jelly hats" with Camp SEA Lab and get up close to specimens of many species from Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. More science activities and crafts will be provided by: First Night Monterey, Save the Whales, and Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.
The visual art display will comprise of 60+ pieces of ocean-themed paintings, drawings, photography, acrylic, and digital art created by Monterey Bay area youth ages 8 to 21 and local schools and programs such as Youth Arts Collective, Los Arboles Middle School, and Carmel, Monterey and San Benito High Schools. Attendees will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite visual art piece and the top 20 will be displayed in the Sunset Center lobby during the SpectorDance Company's performance of Ocean Trilogy on April 25.
The performing arts presentation will include live music, videography, dance, and poetry. SpectorDance Youth Company will perform an original work, Out of the Blue, a playful ballet about ocean diversity, and live music will be provided by the violin/viola duet, Duo Appasionata, and the Monterey Jazz Festival's Middle School Honor Jazz Band.
Monterey Ocean Arts Festival illustrates the power of creativity to heighten awareness of ocean issues, spark conversation, and educate the next generation on conservation. By tapping into individual forms of creative expression, we celebrate the passions and talents of young artist. We are joining together to raise our shared voices for the future of ocean and the environment.
More about Ocean Trilogy
Based on filmed interviews with ocean experts, Ocean Trilogy merges factual and aesthetic elements including stunning underwater film footage, audio sound bites from ocean researchers, contemporary classical and rap music, and a variety of dance styles including contemporary, ballet, and urban. The contrast of elements generates an exciting and original composition that communicates science in a way that is informative, visceral, and uplifting.
Ocean Trilogy will be performed at Stanford University on April 13, at Sunset Center on April 25, and at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History on August 29. Please enjoy this 90-second video about Ocean Trilogy
"I REALLY think the arts can help teach the public about science/environmental issues in our world. The ocean performance is perfect to present at all the aquariums around the world as well as other public and private informal education venues such as museums and science centers. I actually
saw the SpectorDance performance. Spectacular!
- Carmelina Livingston, Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow
More about SpectorDance
SpectorDance was founded in 1997 by artistic director Fran Spector Atkins. With generous community support, SpectorDance has established a School, a Company, Educational Outreach Programs, SpectorDance On-Site, the Choreographers Showcase, the Sadie Rose Residency Program and the new Monterey Ocean Arts Festival. The SpectorDance Company presents original multidisciplinary performances using a signature style that blends music, spoken word, and visual media with dance to explore social issues and themes that are relevant to our community. Examples of projects include Figures in the Dust, a collaboration with the National Steinbeck Center, inspired by The Grapes of Wrath; Common Ground, a piece about issues in California agriculture based on interviews with farm workers and agricultural experts; Ocean Trilogy, a collaboration with MBARI about ocean issues; and East West, a collaboration with Rancho Cielo about gang culture. SpectorDance has received many awards, including being selected as a finalist for Ovation TV's "Excellence in the Performing Arts" award and the Arts Council for Monterey County award for "Outstanding Arts Organization in Monterey County." Fran was featured in the film Luminaries of Monterey County and in Carmel Magazine as "one of ten individuals in Monterey County making significant altruistic contributions to our community." Fran has twice been a presenter at TEDx Monterey.
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