Contortionists imitating invertebrate life on the ocean floor—an octopus, seahorses, sand crabs, schools of fish, and a shark. Images are blurred because the action took place between two projection screens.
Narration from Dr. Sylvia Earle and Dr. Tierney Thies provided the logical framework for Okeanos. New scientific understanding activated a deeper emotional understanding. Live violin and vocal biomimicry were interspersed throughout the performance.
Capacitor’s Okeanos has been described as a Cirque de Soleil of environmental science. The show, which took place at San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center, was complimented by pre-show lectures about deep sea technology and ocean exploration from NASA, National Geographic, and BLUEMiND.
Jodi Lomask, founder of Capacitor, uses dance, circus, and performance art to give science and environmental issues a creative voice. Jodi has created original works including large motion sculptures for NASA, TED, the Salvadorian Olympic Gymnastics Team, and the San Francisco Airport. The daughter of a biomedical research engineer and a visual artist, she fuses her knowledge of art and science with physical expression to guide her audiences through new worlds of awareness.
In touring Okeanos, the company aims to deliver an experience of wild nature to thousands of people who may never have the chance to commune with the ocean and its inhabitants directly. In doing so, Capacitor expects to excite audiences with creative possibilities of live performance and generate a greater sense of stewardship for this great body we humans require for survival.
Outside of a renewed interest in underwater ecosystems, anyone who sees Okeanos will leave with a burning desire to practice and master urdha-dhanurasana.