Ocean is a collaboration between SpectorDance and Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). It brings together art and science to investigate the state of our world ocean, foster constructive dialogue and inspire responsible stewardship.
Ocean premiered in November 2011. To date, Ocean has been performed at Sunset Center, at Steinbeck Institute for Art and Culture (Sherwood Hall), and on April 13, at TEDx Monterey.
That's just the beginning.
THIS BIG NEWS IS THAT SPECTORDANCE IS INVITED TO PERFORM OCEAN AT THE SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY IN WASHINGTON DC ON JUNE 3RD 2012.
The date of the Smithsonian performance coincides with the kickoff of Capital Hill Ocean Week (CHOW), an event designed to educate policymakers and business leaders on the nation's current economic, social and environmental relationship with the ocean. CHOW provides current information and offers guidance on how best to manage that relationship in the future. The timing creates an exciting opportunity for Ocean to weigh in and inspire the people who are shaping our national ocean policy.
Performing at the Smithsonian is a great accomplishment for this local dance company and it also brings visibility to Monterey County as a hub of artistic creation.
ALL PROCEEDS FROM THE PERFORMANCE ON MAY 12 WILL HELP US WITH COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH OUR TRAVEL TO WASHINGTON D.C.
SpectorDance is taking an innovative approach to raising the $5000 they need for this event. They're using the site KICKSTARTER, which is a social media site designed for artists and other creative people to raise funds for their projects. When you donate to a KICKSTARTER project, you receive specific rewards depending on your level of giving. SpectorDance's rewards include a free dance class, tickets to the May 12th performance of Ocean at SpectorDance and even a photograph of a rare and wonderful deep-sea creature straight from MBARI's archives. www.kickstarter.com/projects/ocean/spectordance-and-mbari-present-ocean-at-the-smiths
SpectorDance is a 501(c)(3) so these donations are tax deductible.
More about Ocean
Ocean weaves together expert scientific testimony, commissioned music, exquisite underwater film and contemporary dance movement. Key individual collaborators include:
Fran Spector Atkins, lead artist/choreographer (SpectorDance) Colin Farish, local award-winning composer/multi-instrumentalist William Roden, local media artist whose clients include National Geographic, Toyota and AT&T Kyra Schlining, science consultant (MBARI) George Matsumoto, MBARI senior education and research specialist (MBARI)
Above all, Ocean aims to educate and inspire youth, our future ocean stewards. Toward that end, SpectorDance and MBARI have designed a comprehensive Ocean educational program for students in grades six and up. The curriculum gives students an opportunity to explore cutting-edge scientific information in the classroom, see the live performance and then interpret, discuss and write about their discoveries.
Ocean is available for booking as an educational program and live performance piece. Contact Heather Kirk at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on how to bring Ocean to your school or community. Check out Ocean on Facebook to find out more. www.facebook.com/OceanSpectorDance
About Artistic Director Fran Spector Atkins: Fran Spector Atkins is the Artistic Director of Ocean. She has choreographed throughout the United States and abroad. She has been a guest artist in Denmark, Egypt, England, Israel, the Island of Guam and Taiwan and has received numerous awards including the Dewar's Young Artist Recognition Award for California and was featured in Carmel Magazine as a person making "altruistic contributions to the community."
About SpectorDance: SpectorDance is a non-profit organization located in Marina, CA. The state-of-the-art venue houses a school, a company and a theater. The school offers classes for all ages and levels of experience in a wide variety of dance styles. Since 1996, the award-winning artistic director Fran Spector Atkins has collaborated with media artist William Roden to create a signature style of blending dance, music, spoken word and visual imagery. The company performs multidisciplinary works that explore literature, current issues and other topics that are reflective of and relevant to our community. Visit our website to learn more www.spectordance.org
About Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI): MBARI is a non-profit research institution that was founded in 1987 by David Packard with a mission to achieve and maintain a position as a world center for advanced research and education in ocean science and technology, and to do so through the development of better instruments, systems, and methods for scientific research in the deep waters of the ocean. MBARI provided guidance on the scientific content, high-definition deep-sea video footage and interviews with scientific and technical experts. Visit www.mbari.org for more information.
3343 Paul Davis Drive
Marina, CA 93933