Dayton Live to present 3 virtual National Geographic LIVE events, including Q&A with explorers



Fans of the popular National Geographic Live Series will be able to experience the series from the comfort and safety of their homes this season, while still getting an up-close experience with the explorers themselves.

Dayton Live (formerly the Victoria Theatre Association) announced Wednesday, Jan. 6 that the series — usually offered with in-person presenters at the historic Victoria Theatre in downtown Dayton — will be streamed in three virtual events.

“We’re so thankful for the support and patience of our patrons and our sponsors as we wait until we can gather again to experience the fascinating storytelling and globe-trotting adventure of National Geographic Live,Ty Sutton, Dayton Live president and CEO, said in a release.

The streamed programs are happening on Feb. 9, March 16 and March 30. Tickets for these streamed events are $25 and any amount patrons have on account with can be applied.

“This new streaming option is a great way to continue to engage with our patrons,” Sutton said. “I’m particularly excited that the live aspect of these events is preserved as a live moderated conversation and Q&A time after each 60-minute streamed video with not one, but two Nat Geo explorers.”

The National Geographic Series had completed seven successful seasons at the Victoria Theatre before the 2019-2020 series was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a Dayton Live release. Dayton Live had three highly anticipated events planned for the first quarter of 2021, Dayton Live officials said. However, due to COVID-19, all three events were postponed with the hopes to confirm new dates in the near future.

“We’ve been highly selective about choosing streaming options to present to our audiences,” Sutton said. “There are a lot of options out there, but we wanted to be sure the content was high-quality and unique. National Geographic has such a reputation for excellence — and with the popularity of this series, this decision was an easy one.”

Here are the National Geographic Live event details:

🌎ANAND VARMA & PRASENJEET YADAV (Photographers) SCIENTIFIC EXPOSURE Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 7 p.m.

“Natural history photographers working with National Geographic have often emerged from scientific backgrounds, enabling them to reveal wildlife and our natural world in surprising ways. Molecular biologist-turned-photographer PRASENJEET YADAV combines his experience in research with his photography skills to highlight natural history and science stories in Asia. And ANAND VARMA has developed innovative techniques to create stunning images of creatures whose details are otherwise invisible to the naked eye. Join them for stories and conversation on the intriguing intersection of science and photography,” Dayton Live officials said in a release.

🌎BRYAN SMITH & KEITH LADZINSKI (Filmmakers) FEATS OF FILMMAKING Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 7 p.m.

“Meet two filmmakers renowned for capturing extreme feats of adventure in some of the world’s most remote and inhospitable environments. Based out of British Columbia, BRYAN SMITH brings stories of adventure to the screen from the South Pacific’s deepest canyons to the frozen waters of Niagara Falls. KEITH LADZINSKI takes on the seemingly impossible – including chasing tornadoes, hanging from massive natural arches, and swimming with alligators – to document the endeavors of the world’s most elite adventurers,” Dayton Live said.

🌎DIVA AMON & DAVID GRUBER (Marine Biologists) MYSTERIOUS SEAS Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 7 p.m.

“Get a glimpse into the ocean’s greatest depths – and the fascinating creatures that live there – with two leading marine biologists. DAVID GRUBER searches the oceans for bioluminescent and biofluorescent marine species and designs delicate and noninvasive tools for studying and interacting with deep-sea life. DIVA AMON participates in expeditions around the world to study the unusual animals living in a variety of deep-sea habitats – and how humans impact them. Through stories and conversation, they’ll shine a light on this dark, cold, and mysterious world,” Dayton Live said.

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