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’ (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’ (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.
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.
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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Angela Falk earned her BFA at The Juilliard School, receiving the school’s highest award, the Joseph W. Polisi “Artist as Citizen” prize, for her work in the community. She is now in her first season dancing with the Limón Dance Company in New York City. She has performed works by choreographers Danielle Agami, Rosie Herrera, Larry Keigwin, Kate Weare, Matthew Neenan, Richard Alston, Ohad Naharin, Annabelle Lopez-Ochoa, Zvi Gotheiner, and Loni Landon, as well as classics by Paul Taylor, Martha Graham, among others. She trained with the School at Jacobs Pillow, the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance, the Joffrey Ballet, and the Boston Ballet. Angela recently danced with the Buglisi Dance Theatre under Jacqulyn Buglisi’s direction and was a principal dancer for the 2017 film biography “Reed Hansen, The Sacrosanct Accompanist,” cataloging the life and times of Martha Graham’s longtime accompanist. As a choreographer, Angela is a recipient of Juilliard’s Michael Marks Fellowship, and her work has been performed at venues around New York City including Juilliard’s Peter Jay Sharp Theater (2015-2017), Juilliard’s Meredith Wilson Theater (2016-2017), Ballet Tech, and Triskelion Arts. Her work has also been performed in New Orleans (2015) and the San Francisco Bay Area (2013). Angela Falk grew up dancing in the Bay Area at the California Academy of Performing Arts.
Hannah Sun is a soloist, chamber musician, teacher, composer-improviser, and poet. Currently a faculty member and collaborative artist at Stetson University, Florida, Ms. Sun has composed for solo piano, chamber music including a piano trio, piano quartet, string quartet, and preludes for orchestra, all premiered at The Juilliard School as part of the Double Vision concert series. Her compositional inspiration ranges from weaving her poetry with music in her quartet “Wind over Water” for baritone voice, clarinet, French horn, and cello, to experimenting with period instruments such as fortepiano and baroque cello in “Driftwood,” a two-movement work echoing the shores of Maine. An alumna of Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, she has conducted workshops on composition, improvisation, and ensemble playing at Kneisel Hall-Blue Hill: Together in Music, an outreach program that connects the festival to the local community. An advocate for social justice, Ms. Sun has also arranged a collection of hymns for collaborative performances in churches and correctional facilities throughout the United States and Japan. She earned her Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at The Juilliard School studying piano performance with Seymour Lipkin and Jerome Lowenthal, and composition with Philip Lasser.
Jared F. Brewer is an experienced physical scientist and policy wonk.
Jared is currently pursuing a PhD in Atmospheric Chemistry at Colorado State University. Previously, he worked at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) in Washington, DC as a Knauss Fellowship recipient. His expertise spans policy analysis, data analysis, science, environmental policy, and public policy.
Jared holds a Master of Science (MS) focused in Marine Biogeochemistry & Marine Policy and a Bachelor of Science (BS) focused in Oceanography & Marine Policy from Stanford University.
Jared enjoys biking, skiing, reading Twitter, and – as his name might suggest – brewing beer.
Jesse Obremski, a native New Yorker described by DanceTabs as one “with fluent simplicity” and “quiet understanding”, trained at The Ailey School, and has graduated from Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School (2012), and The Juilliard School (2016), under the direction of Lawrence Rhodes. Jesse, an Eagle Scout Rank recipient, Father Fame Awardee, the Jadin Wong Dance Awardee (2016), administered by the Asian American Arts Alliance, and “Dancer to Watch” by Interview En L’air (2017), has also attended Springboard Danse Montreal, Earl Mosley’s Institute of the Arts (EMIA), and Jacob’s Pillow’s Contemporary Program.
Jesse has performed works by Kyle Abraham, Robert Battle, Brian Brooks, Stijn Celis, Nacho Duato, Jasmine Ellis, Sharon Eyal, Martha Graham (principle role), José Limón (soloist and principle roles), Lar Lubovitch, Earl Mosley, Ohad Naharin, Crystal Pite, Paul Taylor (principle role), and Kate Weare amongst others. Jesse has performed with Diversity of Dance Inc., Kate Weare Company, Brian Brooks Moving Company, Wilder Project, Smashworks Dance Collective, Buglisi Dance Theatre, Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, and the Limón Dance Company.
Jesse has been on faculty across Canada and America with FRESH Dance Intensive, Bay Ridge Ballet, EMIA, MOVE(NYC), and guest faculty at LaGuardia High School, Montclair State University, and The University of Hawai’i at Manoa. His choreography has been presented at EMIA, Playscape 2016, The Juilliard School’s Choreographic Honors Concert and has been commissioned by Zest Collective and NOVA: Movement and Sound for choreographic work. He also enjoys singing, stagecraft, and photography.
Kara Chan is a New York based artist and teacher, hailing from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Currently, Kara dances with Twyla Tharp Dance and Pam Tanowitz Dance. Well versed in classical and modern styles, Kara has performed as a guest artist with the Lar Lubovitch Dance Company, Mark Morris Dance Group, and has additionally appeared with the Merce Cunningham Trust, Keigwin + Co, Janis Brenner & Dancers, Kathryn Posin Dance Company, Gleich Dances, Trainor Dance and MorDance. A BFA graduate from The Juilliard School, Kara was the recipient of the inaugural Juilliard Career Advancement Fellowship Award (2015). Kara has a passion for teaching and is on faculty at Tate Academy and New York Music & Arts.
Marc Evans’ music has been featured at festivals in the US and internationally, including the Seoul International Computer Music Festival, the Atlantic Music Festival, and the Bowdoin International Music Festival, where he won the Composition Contest in 2015. He has collaborated with artists such as Aperture Duo, Hocket Duo, the Formalist Quartet, and Ignition Duo.
Marc has a strong interest in computers, interactivity, and algorithmic composition, which he has been exploring as a PhD student in Music Composition, and as an MS student in Media Arts and Technology, at UC Santa Barbara. In particular, he is interested in working with systems that, as Luciano Berio put it, establish an “organic and unstable reciprocity” between their elements. He hopes that, as computers become more and more integrated into the fabric of our lives, we can take the time to interact with them thoughtfully, and with an eye towards the human and environmental impacts of our actions.
Dancing for Peter Farrow began with Richmond Ballet’s youth outreach program Minds In Motion, which allowed him to perform throughout Virginia and in New York City with the National Dance Institute and Rosie’s Broadway Kids. He began his formal training two years later at the School of Richmond Ballet, where he later became a trainee for the 2013-14 season. Over the years, Peter has performed works by choreographers such as Emery LeCrone, Ohad Naharin, José Límon, Jerome Robbins, Menghan Lou, Nacho Duato, Maxine Doyle, and others. He has also attended summer programs at Juilliard, Arts Umbrella, Nederlands Dans Theater, and Springboard Danse Montreal. He is a graduate of The Juilliard School
SooA Kim is a multimedia artist based in New York. She works primarily with the mediums of sound, performance and video installation. Her work has been selected for eminent exhibitions across the globe including at Industry City, Hecksher Museum of Art, Pier Sixty, Abrons Art Center, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, NRM Gallery, 25 East Gallery, Edison Price Lighting Gallery, The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, Mannes College The New School for Music in New York; Hermitage Museum of Art in Russia; RomaNeum Concert Hall, Landesmusikakademie NRW, Düsseldorf Festival in Germany; and Toronto Centre for the Arts in Canada. Her current works examine socially constructed ideas within the sphere of performing arts, creating interdisciplinary work that brings together contemporary fine arts, music and cinematic theatre. She has received BFA from Parsons The New School for Design and is currently pursuing her MFA in Video and Media Design at Carnegie Mellon University.
Thomas Woodman started his dance career at three years old in the Bay Area, California. By fourteen, he began his professional career when he was hired into Mark Foehringer Dance Project | San Francisco (MFDP|SF) and began freelancing with various companies throughout northern California. After touring in Peru with MFDP|SF and working as Assistant to the Director, he moved to New York to begin his BFA at The Juilliard School. Thomas has had the opportunity to perform original works by Gustavo Ramirez Sansano, Aszure Barton, Pam Tanowitz, and Austin McCormick. He has performed repertory of Paul Taylor, Jose Limón, Mark Morris, and Merce Cunningham. Thomas attended Movement Invention Project and Springboard Danse Montreal. Thomas has enjoyed leadership positions while at Juilliard, where he has just received his BFA.