Kenji Williams talks about the history and 'making-of' BELLA GAIA, and the music behind the earth-from-space experience. with host Sergio Mielniczenko. http://archive.kpfk.org/index.php?shokey=gv_sergio
The segment starts with a song from BELLA GAIA at 30:15. The actual interview starts at 32:25.
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
The full Bella Gaia Ensemble performs at the Shantou University Sports Park stadium, Collaborating with the world's top projection mapping and interactive tech company Obscura Digital. Ensemble featuring Irina Akulenko, Yumi Kurosawa, Lety ElNaggar, Mariyah, Kenji Williams
Bella Gaia custom produced visuals for the massive 360 degree immersive screen. 汕头大学!
Kenji Williams invited as Artist in Residence by University of Colorado at Boulder, Arts & Sciences - for ORIGIN STORIES R&D production
Origin Stories is a cutting edge multimedia dance performance utilizing live motion tracking, custom programmed visual algorithms, and 3D projection effects that takes the audience on an explorative journey of the relationship of geometry in nature and Arabesque patterns. The 3D effect was produced without the use of 3D glasses, utilizing multiscreen, scrim, and lighting effects live.
As an R&D production of BELLA GAIA, Origin Stories was a result of an artist residency by Kenji Williams, invited by the dean of Arts and Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder. With creative direction by Kenji Williams working with programming artist Gordey Chernyy, the final production was performed with dance artist Donna Mejia in front of a live audience on April 8th, at the Conference on World Affairs at CU Boulder, at the Black Box Theater, Atlas Institute.
See more Info: Origin Stories R&D project