Ballet Explores Relationships Between Humanity and the Ocean

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Photos Courtesy of Long Beach Ballet

Photos Courtesy of Long Beach Ballet

The Aquarium of the Pacific and the Long Beach Ballet will present a reprise of their first joint production in November. The ocean-themed ballet Guardians is directed by David Wilcox and choreographed by Johnny Zhong.

The production captures the ever-changing relationship of humans with the ocean. Attendees will be surrounded by marine life in the Aquarium’s Great Hall as they embark on a voyage to witness humanity’s dynamic relationship with the ocean. Journey through time beginning with the entropic formation of the universe and Earth, to the emergence of man, to the domination and degradation of the Earth and the ocean by the growing human population and its over-consumption of resources. 

The ballet culminates in a reawakening of the human spirit, which leads to a strong environmental and ocean ethic. In the grand finale, humans embrace their role as guardians of this planet and live in harmony with Mother Earth’s natural support system that sustains all life.


Last year’s premiere of Guardians was featured as the cover story for Curator Magazine, a national publication for science and museums. The Los Angeles Times 2012 Readers’ Choice selected the Long Beach Ballet as best in education for performing arts.

Guardians will take place Friday and Saturday, November 15 and 16, 2013 from 7:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. at Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802. Tickets cost $25-35 per person.

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