By Dena Burroughs  --  April 8, 2017

CaltechLive Presents BELLA GAIA - A Poetic Vision of Earth From Space

BELLA GAIA, the renowned audiovisual experience lead by director-composer Kenji Williams and the BELLA GAIA Ensemble, will present BELLA GAIA - A Poetic Vision of Earth From Space for one night only on Saturday, April 15, 2017, at Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium in Pasadena. The immersive event combines NASA satellite imagery, time-lapse nature photography, cultural heritage footage, and live performances of music and dance to form an unprecedented and powerful exploration of the beauty and interconnectedness of all things on Earth.

Rooted in the stories of astronauts who described the life-changing experience of seeing Earth from space, director-composer Williams developed BELLA GAIA to communicate this same transformative sense of wonder and awe. The event’s stunning fusion of human art, scientific data, and cultural tradition guides audiences through an emotional journey that culminates with a positive message of care and respect for our surroundings and planet.

“BELLA GAIA shows you how humans and nature are connected, and how art and science are connected,” says Williams. "It's an exploration of the relationship between human civilization and our ecosystem through time and space.” The experience leaves audiences with a transformative sense of wonder and inspiration, and the ability to see the Earth as a multifaceted yet cohesive working organism. Attendees will realize that there IS something to lose, and therefore, that there IS something to preserve and to steward.

Williams is joined by an all-star cast of artists, including Sound Healing vocalist and composer Kristin Hoffmann (with works performed at The Sydney Opera House, and sharing stages with The Wallflowers, Feist, and Brandi Carlile), Japanese 20-string Koto master Yumi Kurosawa (who has toured internationally with countless symphony orchestras including Suntory Hall Opening Gala with Tokyo Symphony Orchestra), dance artists Mariyah, and choreographer Irina Akulenko, (one of the principal dancers and choreographers with Bellyqueen Dance Theater, and an alumni member of Alchemy Dance Theater). 

General admission tickets for BELLA GAIA’s immersive audiovisual experience range from $35 to $45 for adults. Children’s tickets are $10. To purchase advance tickets click here or call the Beckman Auditorium box office at (626) 395-4652. Seniors and Caltech staff can receive a special discount on tickets by calling the box office. Caltech’s Beckman Auditorium is located at 332 S. Michigan Ave., Pasadena, CA 91125. Free parking is provided on the Caltech campus near the Beckman Auditorium.

For additional information on BELLA GAIA, please visit Bellagaia.com.

Peter Manning Robinson's debut Refractor Piano™ Concert [April 2016]. Photo credit: Michael Rueter/Capture Imaging.