An incredibly diverse array of music, dance and aerial circus channelling the ocean from a multiplicity of cultural experiences. In-person and livestreamed from the Foss Waterway Seaport at Tacoma Ocean Fest, 10am – 5pm June 12.
Find musicians by the big anchor, see dance at the big white center dance wall. The Finale and Grand Finale will be at the speaker and dance stage areas.
Tacoma Ocean Fest is honored to have the Puyallup Tribe’s Cultural Department open and bless our festival every year since it began. We are grateful for this welcome to their land. 10am DANCE WALL
ABEL ROCHA DUO
Guitarist Abel Rocha and partner bring music from Mexico’s Gulf Coast and around Latin America.
10:30 ANCHOR STAGE
Leah Okamoto Mann, Vashon dancer, brings her new piece “WaterTiger,” exploring health and flow in ecosystems through the yin element water (emotions) as well as the yang Lunar Zodiac tiger sign (bold courageous actions). The movement is inspired by the Japanese concepts mottainai (not wasting) and ikigai (purpose). 11:30am DANCE WALL
BAREFOOT DANCE COLLECTIVE
Inspired by gentle ocean breezes, Barefoot Collective presents a tranquil trio featuring two dancers moving as a living sculpture of ship sails, accompanied by meditative live music on analog synthesizer.
12:15pm DANCE WALL
A longtime Ocean Fest favorite, Gretchen Yanover plays long, deep looping harmonies and improvisations on electric cello, flowing like waves around the museum. 12:30pm ANCHOR STAGE
MIHO & RICARDO
Percussionist and PLU faculty Miho Takekawa teams up with drummer and land protector Ricardo Guity to create world music that crosses the ocean to bring cultures together. 1:30pm ANCHOR STAGE
Dance troupe Guma Imahe, from the Asia Pacific Cultural Center, bring the swaying grace, lilting song and rhythms of Guåhan (Guam). 3pm ANCHOR STAGE
RONA YELLOW ROBE
Native American flutist Rona Yellow Robe (Chippewa Cree) brings her heart-filled presence and peaceful, nature-inspired flutesong. 3:30pm ANCHOR STAGE
FINALE – OCEAN MESSAGE
Flowering Jasmine – Vivaldi’s Summer – Primal Message. Three incredible pieces of classical music, set to underwater film and played by live chamber musicians, with dancers recreating beautiful jasmine coral in luminescent pink. Musicians: Northwest Sinfonietta. Composers: George Pelecis, Antonio Vivaldi, Nokuthula Ngwenyama. Dancers: Tacoma City Ballet. Choreography: Erin Ceragioli. 4pm SPEAKER STAGE
GRAND FINALE – WHALE BALLET
TACOMA CITY BALLET
It’s back – Tacoma City Ballet’s beloved “Whalesong” ballet, choregraphed by Erin Ceragioli to the iconic “Song of the Humpback Whale” with 30 dancers and a 60-foot sea of silk. 4:30pm DANCE-SPEAKER STAGE