Bella Gaia: Beautiful Earth
Wed, Apr 22, 2020, 11 am – 12 pm
Bass Concert Hall
Bella Gaia: Beautiful Earth is an award-winning, immersive, live multimedia performance of projected NASA visualizations of Earth from Space with live world music. Inspired by astronauts who spoke of the life-changing power of seeing the Earth from space, award-winning director, composer, and violinist Kenji Williams created this multimedia journey of our world in partnership with NASA. Together, they combined stunning NASA imagery of the Earth from space, data visualizations, and stirring live music performances from around the world, threaded together by an orbiting flight path from the International Space Station.
Related lessons: Global Awareness (Geography, Performing Arts); Interconnectedness of all things on Earth (Geology, Ecology; Nature); Earth Day; NASA missions
About Youth Performances
Through our Campus and Community Engagement program, Texas Performing Arts offers daytime youth performances of select Essential Series performances especially designed to inspire students in grades 6-12. Youth Performances are available free of charge for educators and students in Austin and the Central Texas area.
TPA staff members provide corresponding educational materials to enhance the student experience. Following each youth performance, we provide a Q & A session to encourage students to interact with artists.
Seating is limited to 150 per school. Special requests may be allowed for larger groups.
- Kenji Williams is a composer and director for multimedia live theater, mixed reality, and interactive data visualization, and is the founder and creative director of Bella Gaia.
- After one Bella Gaia show, a NASA-funded survey showed a 90% conversion rate in audience reporting a greater understanding of our earth.
- Bella Gaia captures the Overview Effect, is a cognitive shift in awareness reported by some astronauts during spaceflight, often while viewing the Earth from outer space.