Covering 99% of Earth’s living space, the ocean is representative of the rhythms oflife itself. By turns fascinating and terrifying, the ocean is an integral part of ourlives: we derive food from it, breathe the oxygen produced in it, drink the waterthat cycles through it, explore its depths to learn more about its inhabitants andour planet, and create countless songs, poems, and paintings about its breathtakingand often dangerous beauty. Yet this essential resource is being destroyed by grow-ing human demands. Coral extinction, plastic trash contamination, over-fishing, oilspills, climate change - our immense impact on the ocean is undeniable. What oncefelt vast, endless, and overwhelmingly deep is now vulnerable to our increasinglydestructive ways of living. Okeanos is a multidisciplinary corporeal portrait of theocean as body, environment, resource, metaphor, and force.
Unlike any performance/exhibit of its kind, Okeanos is an installation that will inspire and educateaudiences about the ocean, catalyze interest in art/science collaborations, and help to raise funds andawareness for marine protected areas. We look forward to partnering with you on the presentation ofthis cutting-edge concept in art, science, and ocean health integration.
Okeanos features the distinctive artistic and technical components that Capacitor has come to beknown for – inventive and articulated dance vocabulary, abstract forms that mirror nature, poetic inte-gration of audio/video/media forms, sculptural costumes, scientifically supported content, and conser-vation partnerships. The audience will participate in the space with Capacitors’ six dancers (includingchoreographer Lomask) and five circus artists as they perform within the projection space and abovetheir heads on a custom-designed aerial apparatus inspired by the shapes and features of ocean life. Inthis way, spectators are exposed to a constructed ocean atmosphere. The set is populated by an invertedsteel coral garden sculpture, which the dancers climb during performance, and several smaller, interac-tive sculptures.
Video includes underwater footage of dancers and sea life as well as constructed video effects usingslow motion footage of dancers to simulate underwater movement and flow. Vocal improvisations – per-formed live both as solos and in conjunction with recordings of whale songs – and samples of recordingsof the scientific advisors punctuate the sound score.