Spectordance's "Ocean" Finalist in National Competition
August 8, 2011
In yet another reminder that Monterey County is a hotbed of world-class talent, Marina-based dance company Spectordance is one of 20 finalists nationwide in the 50 States for Good competition, sponsored by eco-friendly tooth care company Tom's of Maine. Spectordance's groundbreaking multimedia work Ocean (previewed by the Weekly back in May) is the only arts entry, and the only entry from Monterey County, in the running for up to $50,000 in cash for its commitment to supporting community education and empowerment through grassroots projects.
Ocean is a unique collaboration between Spectordance artistic director and coreographer Fran Spector Atkins and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. Through audio interviews, original music, underwater video footage from MBARI and, of course, dance, the piece aims to raise awareness about the latest scientific ocean research, including studies showing an increase in ocean acidification, and to celebrate the natural wonders of the Monterey Bay.
"Increasing awareness of the changes in our ocean is essential for the future of our environment and live performance is a fresh and exciting way to impart current scientific information," said Daniel Fernandez, chair of California State University - Monterey Bay's Division of Science and Environmental Policy, in a statement.
Public voting will determine which six organizations will share $150,000 in cash awards, so Fernandez encourages Monterey County residents to vote online through Sept. 13 here.