J. Walt’s ‘Spontaneous Fantasia’ Enacts Live Performance in Planetarium Dome

Ani Khashadoorian

Imagine stepping into a live action rendition of something similar to a Salvador Dali painting; a mere minute long walk from your latest class and you too can step into the world known as “Spontaneous Fantasia”, housed at the GCC planetarium.

Produced by J. Walt, “Spontaneous Fantasia” is never the same exact experience twice. Walt has five parts to his creation, each full of its own intricacies and themes. Every piece is accompanied by a composition of music, making it a multi-sensory experience.

Surrounded by vivid colors and 3-D lines, you’ll feel like you’re walking around in a live performance of the famous surrealist painter.

“Spontaneous Fantasia” will run for one last weekend on Sept. 27th , until its return in January 2009. Walt is working on plans to add new elements to the show after the start of the new year.

“I have many new ideas.that I’d like to incorporate,” said Walt of the upcoming shows, whose production has garnered rave reviews from many outlets – ranging from the L.A. Times to the Immersive Theatre Institute.

With performances on Friday and Saturday evenings, “Spontaneous Fantasia” is done in real time, with Walt sketching away in the room, while the concert is projected on the screen above.

The opening act titled “Autocosm: Aeries” feels like you’ve been thrown into the world of “Alice in Wonderland.” Bright colors pop into flowers while an entire world of its own has begun to build itself.

“Nocturnes” takes the elements of earth, water, air and fire and turns them into works of digital art themselves, while “Autocosm: Gardens of Thuban” is a world full of vivid imagery and sunbursts.
The final two acts, “Pachelbel’s Canon” and “Color Organ” are both inspired by musical compositions from the “Canon in D” by Johann Pachelbel and “Toccata” from Charls-Marie Widor.

Every piece feels like a dream. Spectators will feel fantastic and lulled by what is going on. The 3-D aspect adds to the fun, as you sit there and try to reach up to the illustrations up above you.

Live orchestra accomp-animents to the show have also been performed; the show integrates all aspects of art, so it is no surprise that it has been well-received. Walt has performed “Spontaneous Fantasia” all over the world – past performances have included a sold out show in Amsterdam at the Artis planetarium, the Planetarium Hamburg and Louisiana State University’s planetarium.

Housed in the Cimmarusti Science Center, “Spontaneous Fantasia” is produced by artist J. Walt. Centered on live action artistic influences ranging from dance, painting, sculpture and much more, Walt animates the show entirely by himself in the center of the room, giving a unique twist and truly living up the name of performance art.

Admission for adults is $15. Children 12 and under are $6. Group rates are also available. GCC’s free K-12 science program is funded in part by sales from Spontaneous Fantasia. For more information, call (626) 688-0778. ?