The Aquarium of the Pacific Presents “Ocean” a Multimedia Dance Performance

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Ocean Group dancers are Maria Basile, Paige Guthormson, Lilly Nguyen. | Scott Belding

The Aquarium of the Pacific in collaboration with SpectorDance presents a live multidisciplinary performance about the impacts of human activity on one of Earth’s most valuable resources—the ocean. This performance blends original music, words from interviews with reknown ocean experts, high definition underwater video, and thought-provoking interpretive dance. Choreographer Fran Spector Atkins, Media Artist William Roden, and SpectorDance Company have created Ocean to inform audiences in an entertaining way and to inspire responsible stewardship of this precious resource. Ocean joins artists, scientists, and educators to look at critical issues facing the World Ocean, its inhabitants, and the human race. From ocean chemistry to the extinction of species, from the food web to storm patterns, this production communicates the message that human activity is impacting our ocean and that it is humanity’s responsibility to protect it by spreading knowledge and engaging in sustainable practices. Ocean features original music by Colin Farish and interviews with Sylvia Earle, Peter Brewer, and James Barry. Ocean will be performed in the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Great Hall where guests will sit in front of a towering aquarium and under a life-size model of a blue whale.

Ocean is Sunday, April 7, 2013, from 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (Doors open at 7:00 p.m. for seating) at The Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802.

Cost fir the event:  Section 1: $25; $20 for Aquarium members and Section 2: $20; $15 for Aquarium members.

For additional info and to purchase tickets visit or 562-590-3100

SPECTOR DANCE: Since 1997, SpectorDance has presented dance media works that celebrate its local California heritage, with a signature style of blending music, spoken word, and visual media with dance. Their works involve themes that attract literary fans, lovers of central California’s environment, and those with an interest in agriculture. Education and outreach components are included with each of their works. Past productions have included Ocean, Bird, Sky, inspired by the poetry of Robinson Jeffers, two productions inspired by John Steinbeck novels, and Common Ground about California agriculture today. Ocean is a science-art collaboration between SpectorDance and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, visit

AQUARIUM: The Aquarium of the Pacific, a nonprofit institution, is dedicated to conserving and building nature and nature’s services by building the interactions between and among peoples. Beyond its animal exhibits, the Aquarium is a community gathering place where diverse cultures and the arts are celebrated and a place where important topics facing our planet are explored.


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