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September 11, 2013

Capacitor and The Aquarium of the Bay Proudly Present Okeanos

Capacitor presents “Okeanos Intimate” with Pre-show talks led by marine biologists and oceanographers. Mission Blue Founder, Dr. Sylvia Earle joins Okeanos LIVE on September 14th. Tickets available here: http://www.capacitor.org/okeanos-intimate/

WHEN: 8 Saturdays Beginning August 10th
[Pre-Show Talk and Show at 7pm]
WHERE: Aquarium of the Bay on Pier 39, San Francisco, CA

“If I was to sum up the phrase ‘creativity for change’ I would use one word – Okeanos” ~David de Rothschild 

Imagine you could go to the aquarium and completely immerse yourself in the tank…without getting wet.  At the Aquarium of the Bay on Pier 39, you can.  Beginning August 10th Capacitor, San Francisco’s dance/cirque company, dives into the deep to bring you Okeanos Intimate. Back by popular demand, Okeanos opens in the intimate Bay Theater where you can see the show up close.

Out of the depths, a large, round figure creeps on stage cautiously, tip toes to a stop and disappears into a fiberglass orb.  Is it his home? The voice of Dr Tierney Thys prepares us for the next scene when she warns that the reef is full “of predators and partners, intimate friends and arch rivals.”  As the music crescendos he explodes out of his ‘shell’ tumbling, flipping, falling and spinning.  His vivid costume mimics the visual affect flashy crustaceans and fish create as they dodge and dive through the caustic reef.     

Photo: Capacitor

Photo: Joseph Seif

Artistic Director Jodi Lomask was inspired by the Coral Triangle and California’s Kelp forest, but this production was built from more than just inspiration.  This National Endowment for the Arts funded production began like many Capacitor shows, in a think tank environment called the Capacitor Lab.  This Lab allowed Lomask and the company to collaborate with world-class scientists, cinematographers, fabricators, engineers and artists to create this vibrant portrait of the ocean as body, resource, metaphor, and force.  Among the team were oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle and National Geographic cinematographer David Hannan.  Dr. Sylvia Earle was named the “First Hero for the Planet” by Time Magazine for her unrelenting passion for ocean research and conservation. 

Through these collaborations Capacitor presents a family-friendly work that delivers a message of beauty and conservation.  Created by nationally recognized Bay Area scientists, artists, and activists, this show connects the audience deeply to ocean life and health.


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