It took us a while, but yes, we finally were awarded a San Francisco Arts Commission Grant. It is for our new work which will premiere next year. Stay tuned!
"We view this grant as an investment in your creative partnerships and we trust that your project will have the impact on your communities that you envision."
LECTURE-DEMONSTRATION REVIEW: Science-inspired art
"She is an accomplished young soul, who is not afraid of embracing new technologies, and who is always on the lookout for innovative means of expression. Her talk closed with a treat: a sneak peek at Ogrydziak’s latest collaborative composition with CAPACITOR: FLOCK, which is based on the flocking behavior of birds."
Capacitor receives National Endowment for the Arts grant to support Okeanos!
San Francisco— National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced recently that Capacitor is one of 817 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. Capacitor is recommended for a $10,000 grant to support a series of shows of Okeanos at the Aquarium of the Bay in San Francisco.
Capacitor is bringing its ocean-sensory immersion, Okeanos, to Pier 39's Bay Theater in the Aquarium of the Bay on Saturdays running from August 10th through September 28th at 7pm. The 60-minute show will have introductions each night by ocean advocates.
Acting Chairman Shigekawa said, "The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support these exciting and diverse arts projects that will take place throughout the United States. Whether it is through a focus on education, engagement, or innovation, these projects all contribute to vibrant communities and memorable opportunities for the public to engage with the arts."
Artistic Director Jodi Lomask said, "Capacitor is happy to broaden its reach by establishing a rhythm of shows on Pier 39. We want more San Franciscans to enjoy the Aquarium of the Bay and we want more tourists to feel a personal connection to the ocean and its health. This is what we can offer through human form, expression, and curiosity."
In August 2012, the NEA received 1,547 eligible applications for Art Works grants requesting more than $80 million in funding. Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. The 817 recommended NEA grants total $26.3 million and span 13 artistic disciplines and fields. Applications were reviewed by panels of outside experts convened by NEA staff and each project was judged on its artistic excellence and artistic merit.
For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at arts.gov.
February 20th 7-9pm, please join us for our second Capacitor Lab for "Synaptic Motion". Neuroscientist Dr Adam Gazzaley and Artistic Director Jodi Lomask will present half hour talks before we break out to workshop specific areas of this show in process. Areas of focus will be new aerial designs, the video environment, and uses of neural data.
March 9, 2013 Capacitor is sending excerpts of "Okeanos" to Luminaria in San Antonio, Texas. Check out our seahorses, fish, octopus, and eggs at San Antonio's annual night celebration of art and artists. It is free of charge and showcases all art forms including Visual, Music, Theatre and Performance, Literary, Media, and Dance.
We are soooooo gratified, humbled, and inspired by the recognition from the Kenneth Rainin Foundation. Their mission to support inspiring and world-changing dance are values we share and we look forward to bringing them forward through our next show currently in development.
We all know that water is the key element that sustains life and most of it is contained in the ocean. At Capacitor, we wanted to figure out how to embody this life force - more than we all do already. That’s why we spent two years learning about and experiencing the ocean and water movement. We learned to dive and surf, snorkeled, and performed in swimming pools. We practiced sinking and falling to feel water's depth and pressure on our bodies. We felt the lightness with which we float on its surface and the way our bodies undulate in the midst of waves. We fell in love with water movement.
We also spent six months in round table discussions with marine biologists and oceanographers at the California Academy of Sciences in our Capacitor Lab process to establish a solid base of information from which to launch our musings. What we created is "Okeanos" - an ocean sensory immersion of dance, cirque nouveau, sculpture, sound, video, dance film, science, voice, and violin. The premiere in April 2012 at Fort Mason Center was a complete success.
We created this show to be used as a tool of conservation. We believe that people protect what they love* and our show helps people love the ocean. This is why when the organizers of BLUE- a global ocean film and conservation event asked us to close their upcoming festival, we were thrilled.
Like so many really great conferences and festivals, their budget is tight and they can't afford our artist fees. This is why decided to ask you for help. Help us take "Okeanos" to the next level by exposing ocean conservation leaders from around the world to this work of love made visible.
We hope you’ll help us keep performing this show. And when we do, we hope you’ll come out and share our love of the ocean.