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Weekend Celebration of Dance
September 22 @ 7:30 pm - September 24 @ 10:00 pm$25 - $30
Ocean Trilogy, a collaboration between SpectorDance Company and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), is a new multidisciplinary performance and educational program about the challenges confronting our ocean, the hopeful possibilities from cutting-edge ocean research, and the importance of science in informing policy decisions by our leaders. Ocean Trilogy on Vimeo
“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 Monterey County Supervisor
East West, collaboration between SpectorDance Company and Rancho Cielo, is a multidisciplinary performance piece and educational program inspired by filmed interviews with a wide variety of individuals touched by gangs. East West looks at why youth are attracted to gangs, the brutal reality of gang life, and how people find their way out of gangs.
East West Video on Vimeo
“It’s a daring piece. It’s a serious piece. It’s a dark and difficult subject. There is the joy in it of seeing performance come together just so, there are affirmative messages awaiting, the players are all earnestly committed. It deserves an audience.”
Walter Ryce, Monterey Weekly
Ocean Trilogy and East West are both works that explore ways that dance can promote dialogue, heighten awareness, and have an impact on social issues. Through a signature style created by choreographer Fran Spector Atkins and media artist William Roden, these works blend film footage, audio sound bites from filmed interviews with experts, music, and dance. This composite of elements aim to communicate in a way that is informative, visceral, and uplifting.
Ocean Trilogy and East West feature live performances by NYC-based rap artist Baba Brinkman. Ocean Trilogy will also be performed on September 14 at the Maritime Museum in Santa Barbara, September 21 at Stanton Theater in King City, and November 1 through November 4 at Santa Barbara City College.