"BELLA GAIA is a live concert that mixes music, dance, & NASA immersive imagery that turns the stage planetary. Sublime and Transcendental” – Village Voice NYC
BELLA GAIA is an unprecedented audiovisual experience that communicates without words, the BEAUTY of the planet both natural and cultural (BELLA) - and the INTERCONNECTNESS of all things on Earth (GAIA), by combining NASA satellite imagery of Earth, time lapse nature photography, and cultural heritage footage with stirring live performances of music and dance from around the world.
BELLA GAIA’s immersive experience successfully simulates the Overview Effect* from space flight, makes audiences "Discover what it’s like to be an astronaut" (Washington Post), and realize deeply, emotionally, that there IS something to lose, and therefore there IS something to preserve, to steward. It communicates a visceral flow of unencumbered beauty with supercomputer data-visualizations from NASA, visualizes human effects on the biosphere, and celebrates the power of human art and culture through live music and dance, with an “iridescent landscape of gossamer melodies and labyrinthine rhythms” (Nooga.com)
Inspired by astronauts who spoke of the life changing power of seeing the Earth from space, Director-composer Kenji Williams developed the communication science in the "Stunning" BELLA GAIA (Scientific American), leaving audiences with a transformative sense of wonder, and generating the elusive but critical emotional response: A Reason to Care. "Sublime" (Village Voice NYC) "Discover what it’s like to be an astronaut" (Washington Post) "Out of this World" (USA Today) “Awe-Inspiring” (Examiner) "Stunning" (Scientific American) “haunting classical/world fusion music ... creating a mesmerizing spectacle that should not be missed” (Huffington Post)
BELLA GAIA is a “breathtaking audio-visual exploration that will transform your view of life on earth” (AZ Weekly) with a “sound and visual environment that mesmerizes audiences” – (Hollywood Progressive)
“BELLA GAIA shows you how humans and nature are connected, and how art and science are connected.Itʼs an exploration of the relationship between human civilization and our ecosystem through time and space.”
- Kenji Williams, BELLA GAIA Founder & Director
OVERVIEW Scientific research suggests that our neurochemistry opens the door to cognitive learning through emotional and right-brain engagement, and without creating this deeper, memorable experience, the human brain does not learn. Humans absorb what they feel not what they are taught, and this is what drives action. After one Bella Gaia show, NASA funded survey results show a 90% conversion rate in audiences reporting a greater understanding of our earth, and a more than doubling in the response of people who feel a more personal relationship with the Earth in their personal lives. (31% -> 64%).
BELLA GAIA captures the Overview Effect*, using satellite imagery of Earth, time lapses, cultural heritage footage, NASA data visualizations, dance, and an award-winning customized musical score to present a spectacular journey around the planet that illuminates the connections between natural systems and human activities through an immersive storytelling method threaded by an orbiting flight path from the International Space Station.
BELLA GAIA transforms complex scientific data into an accessible audio-visual experience to expand public understanding of global challenges we face and inspire audiences to act as stewards for our shared resources.
A “Living Atlas” journey of our planet, BELLA GAIA creates a direct experience and connection with the creative forces of Earth. Bella Gaia’s powerful methodology transcends politics or belief systems and has been proven so effective that astronauts say the experience is an accurate simulation of space flight, NASA funds BELLA GAIA’s education program on Earth Science & Environmental Responsibility, and climate change skeptics have been converted after seeing one show.
The BELLA GAIA program offers customized solo or ensemble performances, often paired with online engagement activities and educational workshops to deepen cognitive learning. In live presentations to over 200,000 individuals of all ages worldwide, audience members report that the BELLA GAIA experience leads to a significant change in their personal perspective of Earth and a better grasp of how humans impact it.
* "The Overview Effect: Space Exploration and Human Evolution" author: Frank White