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Choreography meets climate change at Stanford

'Ocean Trilogy' and 'Rap Guide to Climate Change' to be performed April 13 as part of Art-SCI initiative

Art-SCI, a new Stanford University endeavor (short for "Art as Science Communication Initiative") to support the intersection of arts and sciences, is hosting its first event, a workshop and performance of "Ocean Trilogy" and excerpts from "Rap Guide to Climate Chaos," on April 13.

The performance is a collaboration between SpectorDance and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. "Ocean Trilogy" explores the environmental challenges facing the oceans and the latest scientific research on combating those challenges.

"Based on filmed interviews with ocean experts, 'Ocean Trilogy' merges factual and aesthetic elements including stunning underwater film footage, audio sound bites from ocean researchers, contemporary classical and rap music, and a variety of dance styles including contemporary, ballet, and urban," according to a press release.

"Rap Guide to Climate Chaos" is a theatrical performance that uses the language of hip-hop to playfully communicate information about climate change and what individuals and society as a whole can do about it.

Art-SCI was founded by Stanford graduate students Colette Kelly and Cansu Culha, studying earth systems science and geophysics, respectively. In addition to their passion for science, the two are also dancers who seek to use dance as a medium through which to creatively explore scientific topics.

"We hope in the future, we will be able to support other artists who are trying to communicate science and researchers who are trying to find alternative ways to communicate their research," Culha told the Weekly.

The free performance will be held at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, at 8 p.m. at Roble Gym, 375 Santa Teresa St., Stanford (a workshop for Stanford students and postdocs will precede the performance at 2 p.m.). For more information, go to Eventbrite.com.

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