BELLA GAIA = mind blown, in a glorious collision of science and art. It is an explosion of color, sound, and light that will restore your faith in the almighty and remind you that the beauty of our planet is enough to take your breath away. Deeply meaningful. Meditatively heartfelt....
The footage in BELLA GAIA is breathtaking and when you add the musicians - Williams on violin, Yumi Kurosawa on Japanese 20-string Koto, and vocalist Kristin Hoffmann, the resulting artistry takes on the allure of the mystical.
Exotic dancers join the group for several mesmerizing sequences with imagery from Egypt and India, the fiery sun, and the infinite cosmos.
3D morphing holographic sets and characters
If you have not yet experienced the artistry of Tobias Gremmler - prepare to be mesmerized by his exceptional works: https://vimeo.com/tobiasgremmler
It is a great honor to be working with Tobias on our new Origin Stories production, sponsored by the University of Colorado Arts and Sciences. As part of the artist residency of Kenji Williams, this next iteration of last year's successful Origin Stories show is larger and more ambitious in every sense: Expanding to 4 dancers, double the screen width to 30ft, and re-designed with careful choreography by Irina Akulenko, working closely with Kenji on the interaction of the holographic imagery, story, and the exceptionally beautiful interplay between dancer and image. Additional 3D animators: Khairul Rahimi, Clyde Cabanban, Yukari Akaba, Kevin Patton. Light calligraphy by Dubai's JZ Aamir http://www.jzaamir.com/
Photo from rehearsals, with CU Boulder dance students led by Theater & Dance prof. Donna Mejia:
Origin Stories 2017 schedule for the Conference on World Affairs at the Black Box Theater:
10:00am Origins Stories Performance
11:00am Origins Stories Performance
2:00pm Origins Stories Performance
3:00pm Origins Stories Performance
BELLA GAIA becomes the 150th partner with #NatureforAll and IUCN. Get engaged!
BELLA GAIA Press article: http://www.natureforall.global/news/2017/4/3/caltechlive-presents-bella-gaia-a-poetic-vision-of-earth-from-space
CWA panel featuring Kenji Williams with author of "The Nature Fix" - Florence Williams, Polar Explorer-John Huston, hosted by Justin Veach.
Newly produced BELLA GAIA promo Video.
Special Thanks to Shantou University for the Shantou stadium footage.
(Performers featured - Irina Akulenko, Kristin Hoffmann, Yumi Kurosawa, Lety ElNaggar, Mariyah, Lale Sayoko, Kaeshi Chai, Deep Singh)
"Bella Gaia Is a Show in Orbit and Earth Is the Star" - "Dreamlike, and Fluid" - Earth Magazine