S E A S: Sustainable Environment through the Arts & Sciences

As climate change escalates and increasingly impacts our home the Earth, we must reconsider human systems and behaviors which exacerbate the cycle and cause hazards immediate or slow to unfold. Driven to bring to public attention current events, attempts,and considerations for solving or mitigating the climate crisis, S E A S, captained by founder Juliann Ma, explores creative possibilities to spark reform of how we understand, communicate about, and treat our planet.

S E A S unites artists and scientists in crafting unique performing arts immersions that translate environmental research into tangible, visceral experiences to awaken audiences to (our) human impact on larger ecosystems, particular organisms, and other communities.

S E A S seeks to challenge and diversify traditional audiences, settings, and roles of contemporary music, dance, and scientific research, serving as an innovative platform for professionals and audiences to interact and share ideas across segregated fields that would benefit through collaboration.

S E A S works collaboratively. Although everyone lends various areas of expertise, the entire team workshops each project together : our environmental researchers, dancers, musicians, and filmmakers all offer feedback on music composition, choreography, and storyboard during “draft period,”” in order to sharpen and shape the work into its final form.

The team hopes their work inspires you to take an active role in safeguarding the home we’re all a part of. S E A S encourages all to vote for Earth’s well-being, using your awareness (of self and context), behavioral choices, consumer power, and voting power*. You are a citizen of the Earth ; make your voice heard!

*Team suggestions : Develop understanding of local environments and circumstances. Stay up to date with the latest scientific research (we recommend ‘Nature’ and ‘Science’ publications for reference). Increase biodiversity and forest conservation efforts. Reduce nature-unfriendly usage (e.g. single-use plastics). Switch over to green energy. Consider your personal and professional practices, observing how diet (agriculture, esp. cattle), energy consumption (fossil fuels/ renewable), and materials use (waste management/ full product lifecycle and reusability) affect the planet on a global scale (making changes wherever possible). Maximize outreach, education, policy on sustainability, and especially transparency and accountability of producers and systems.

Isostasy:

‘Isostasy’ (2018) addresses melting glaciers due to global warming. Introduced by Jared Brewer (NOAA, S E A S environmental research contributor and consultant) and Jesse Obremski (Limón Dance Company, choreographic consultant). Directed by Juliann Ma (piano and electronics), choreographed and performed by Peter Farrow and Thomas Woodman (dance) ; music composed by Marc Evans (original title : ‘Formations’).

We would like to thank most of all :

‘Chasing Ice’ filmmakers and research team for their incredible work informing and inspiring all of us, and highly recommend their beautiful documentary, available on chasingice.com and Netflix. The short clip referenced is intended to provide context for Isostasy and pay tribute to their research (no infringement intended).

Rise, Awaken

‘Rise, Awaken’ (2017) : In their debut music video, S E A S draws us into the world of birds. The artists step into the skins of a species endangered by our continued exploitation of our environment and are transported instantly into their realm, fraught with hunger, disease, plastics, pollution, deforestation, fires, and oil spills. Trapped in bird bodies, the artists undergo a transformation, until the human spirit and bird are one, suffering and diminishing together.

Events

S E A S featured their first major production ‘Plastics, Coral, Ice & Earth’ on April 11th at Yamaha Artist Services New York, showcasing a program including 2 world premieres, ‘Plastisphere’ and ‘Isostasy’, and opening a live discussion with a panel headed by S E A S’s environmental consultant, Jared Brewer (NOAA Knauss Fellow). The production highlighted 3 global concerns which intersects at the ocean: endangered coral reefs, melting glaciers, and the impact of plastic. Most recently, S E A S featured these works at Caroga Inter-Arts Symposium’s MyHil Film Series in collaboration with Chasing Coral, and at “Art as Insight”, an art and technology exhibition, at the reknowned cultural Heritage Space in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Previously, S E A S hosted their first Open Workshop at The New School in May of 2016, through which they tested and built upon their choreography live with their audience. In November the same year, S E A S, gave its world premiere performance of Ravel’s complete Miroirs suite as part of Mannes Sounds Festival : “Mirrors of Nature” curated by J.Y. Song. After subsequent performances including at Louis K. Meisel Gallery, General Consulate of France, New York, S E A S released its debut music video ‘Rise, Awaken’ and choreographed a unique version for Juliann’s solo debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall.

Support

S E A S is made possible in part thanks to the Marin Alsop Entrepreneurship Award and Father Merlet Grant. SEAS salutes Maestro Marin Alsop (Baltimore Symphony Orchestra), Ms. Norma Deull, and Pro Musicis Foundation for their support through these grants, and to Mannes : The New School for Music and Yamaha Artist Services Inc. for generous extension of their resources and filming locations.

If you would like to support S E A S directly, please consider donating to our cause.

S E A S extends their gratitude to the following individuals for their donated consultation, contributions, and support : Bonnie Barrett, Stefania Bulbarella, Shimon Dotan, Hope Dougherty, Stanislav Fridman, John Haag, Casey Hess, Tanya Kalmanovitch, Ilia Lebedev, Qing Qing Miao, Katherina Nguyen, Joe Patrych, Miranda Quinn, Aaron Ross, Lara Saldanha, Benjamin Simoens, & J.Y. Song.

Most importantly, thank you to all the great hearts and minds who are working towards sustainability, through science, public policy, outreach, education, arts, mindful practices, and many other domains. We appreciate you, and would be glad to collaborate.

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