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BELLA GAIA to Bring NASA Imagery and More to Miller Outdoor Theatre, 4/17

BELLA GAIA's stunning spectacle of NASA imagery with music and dance returns to the Miller Outdoor Theatre on April 17 at 8 p.m. for a rare debut collaboration with Astronaut Mae Jemison on stage Live.

Dr. Mae Jemison, the first African American woman in space, joins the journey with BELLA GAIA, guiding the audience with her inspirational words, as well as words of other astronauts and their profound realizations from space. View video here.

BELLA GAIA (Beautiful Earth) is an unprecedented audiovisual experience that combines NASA satellite imagery of Earth, time lapse nature photography and cultural heritage footage with stirring live performances of music and dance from around the world.

BELLA GAIA founder, director, composer and violinist Kenji Williams, who also performs in the show, said, "BELLA GAIA shows you how humans and nature are connected, and how art and science are connected. It is an exploration of the relationship between human civilization and our ecosystem though time and space."

Inspired by astronauts who spoke of the life changing power of seeing the Earth from space, Williams' award winning BELLA GAIA successfully simulates the Overview Effect from space flight, by using NASA supercomputer data-visualizations with an "iridescent landscape of gossamer melodies and labyrinthine rhythms" (Nooga.com) to explore the relationship between humans and nature through time and space.

This is a ticketed event for the covered seating area. Free tickets are available (4 per person over age 16 while they last) at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. If tickets remain at 1 p.m., the box office will re-open one hour before show time to distribute the remaining tickets. As always, no tickets are needed for open seating on the hill. Presented by Miller Outdoor Theatre.

About Miller Outdoor Theatre - Since 1923, Miller Outdoor Theatre in Hermann Park has been one of Houston's most beloved cultural treasures, a gathering place for the community and the site of thousands of memorable free performances. That's over 90 years of memories.

Miller is unique in the United States, offering an eight month season of professional, artistically-excellent and culturally diverse entertainment completely FREE of charge to the public. This is the largest "always free" program of its kind in the country and it attracts hundreds of thousands each season.

From daytime programs especially for young children to family friendly evening performances of classical music, jazz, ethnic music and dance, ballet, Shakespeare, musical theatre, popular concert artists, films and more, this is Houston's best entertainment value.

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