"Sublime and Transcendental” – Village Voice NYC
BELLA GAIA is an unprecedented NASA-powered immersive experience, inspired by astronauts who spoke of the life-changing power of seeing the Earth from space. Illuminating the BEAUTY of the planet both natural and cultural (BELLA) and the INTERCONNECTEDNESS of all things on Earth (GAIA), this live concert blends music, dance, technology, and NASA satellite imagery to turn the stage planetary.
A visceral flow of unencumbered beauty manifests for all the senses by combining supercomputer data-visualizations from NASA, high-fidelity orbital views of Earth, cultural photography, and stirring LIVE performances of music and dance from around the world, with an “iridescent landscape of gossamer melodies and labyrinthine rhythms” (Nooga.com) to create the "Sublime" and “Out of This World” experience (Village Voice, USA Today).
The award winning BELLA GAIA tells a cosmic story, exploring both human and natural expressions of the Living Universe, illuminating the relationship between civilization and nature as we enter the Anthropogenic Age by visualizing our effects on the biosphere, while celebrating the evolution of art and culture. BELLA GAIA is a new story for our time, delivered in the language and technology of the future.
Inspired by astronauts who spoke of the life-changing power of seeing the Earth from space, BELLA GAIA successfully simulates this Overview Effect* from space flight, and makes audiences "Discover what it’s like to be an astronaut" (Washington Post). The moving experience leaves audiences with a transformative sense of wonder and inspiration seeing the Earth as a multifaceted yet cohesive working organism, and to realize deeply, emotionally, that there IS something to lose, and therefore there IS something to preserve, to steward.
Crafted by the neuroscience-driven methodology of director-composer Kenji Williams, the "transcendental" and "Stunning" effect of BELLA GAIA (Scientific American) has proven to generate the elusive but critical emotional response: A Reason to Care.