Bella Gaia, a live concert blending music, dance, and NASA-immersive imagery will be presented at the Edmonds Center for the Arts Thursday, Jan. 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Created from the vision of composer/director Kenji Williams, the performance has garnered international acclaim, including feedback from astronauts who say the experience is an accurate simulation of space flight. The “sublime” and “out of this world” (Village Voice, USA Today) experience is achieved by combining supercomputer data from NASA, views of Earth from space, photographs, and stirring live performance of music and dance from around the world.
Preceding the performance at 6 p.m., ECA will host a pre-show talk with speakers Kenji Williams, director of Bella Gaia; Joey Shapiro Key, professor of physics at University of Washington, Bothell and Corey Gray, Lead Operator at the LIGO Hanford Observatory. This pre-show talk, titled Indigenous Perspectives of Earth and Space, will be structured as a trio of TED talk-style presentations. The talk is organized in partnership with the University of Washington Bothell and the LIGO Hanford Observatory, and will conclude with a Q&A. The pre-show talk is free and open to the public.
Tickets to Bella Gaia: $19-$44, $15 youth/student, 10 percent discount for seniors and military. Call the ECA Box Office at 425-275-9595, go online at www.ec4arts.org or visit in person at the ECA Box Office, 410 4th Ave. N. As a member of TeenTix, the ECA offers $5 tickets to teens at the Box Office on the day of the performance, pending availability. To become a TeenTix member, register at www.teentix.org.