Inspired by an astronaut’s description of the profound experience of seeing Earth from outer space, violinist Kenji Williams wanted to share that unique perspective with people without having them blast off in a rocket ship. What emerged was Bella Gaia, a planetarium show that overlays scientific data on images of Earth from space, to show things like ocean currents and cell-phone usage — all while Williams performs live experimental violin music.
“One of the images that’s really striking shows all of the different flight paths overlaid on the planet, and you see just how many planes are flying to different places at once in the course of a 24-hour period,” says Liz Davis, adult-programs manager at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. “There’s something about being in the dark of the planetarium dome with these images all around you with the live music that you really get a sense of the beauty and the connectedness of our planet.”
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Bella Gaia will show at the Gates Planetarium in the DMNS,2001 Colorado Boulevard, at 8 p.m tonight and tomorrow at 6 and 8 p.m.; Williams will be on hand to answer questions after each performance. Tickets, $20 to $25, are available at the box office or online at dmns.org. For more information, visit bellagaia.com.
Fri., May 3, 8 p.m.; Sat., May 4, 6 & 8 p.m., 2013