Kid Koala—Nufonia Must Fall (San Jose, California)

This show is a live multi-disciplinary adaptation of Kid Koala’s graphic novel of the same name. The story centers around a headphones-sporting robot on the verge of obsolescence who is infatuated with a charming office drone. Fifteen people make up the live production, which involves an amazing team of puppeteers, technicians, and musicians who bring the characters to life.

Miniature sets have been built to recreate each scene from the book. Under the direction of Oscar-nominated production designer KK Barrett (Her, Where the Wild Things Are, Adaptation, Being John Malkovich), the performance is cinematically lit, filmed, and projected on a large screen. Kid Koala, accompanied by the Afiara String Quartet, performs his original score on piano and turntable. All of the elements come together in real time. Equal parts cinema, theatre, and musical concert—audiences can watch as an amazing team of puppeteers bring the characters of Kid Koala’s graphic novel Nufonia Must Fall to life.

International TECHstyle Art Biennial IV (San Jose, California)

In 2010, the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles launched its signature event, the International TECHstyle Art Biennial (ITAB). Returning now for its fourth incarnation, ITAB is a juried exhibition of work by artists merging fiber media with new information and communication technologies in their artistic processes, as a medium of artistic expression, and/or in the content of their work. Leveraging its location in Silicon Valley, ITAB serves as the premiere platform for introducing the work of artists exploring the intersection of fiber and technology to a global community.

Bruce Munro at Montalvo: Stories in Light (Saratoga, California)

Montalvo Arts Center is proud to announce an astonishing new exhibition by artist Bruce Munro. Featuring 10 light-based works ranging in scale from immersive to intimate, Bruce Munro at Montalvo: Stories in Light will utilize multi-hued waves, clusters, cascades, flocks, and seas of illumination, transforming Montalvo’s historic Villa and its extensive public areas into a breathtaking spectacle of light. The exhibition will be the first time Munro’s work has been publicly on display on the West Coast, and it will represent the largest number of his works ever on view at a single venue. It is made possible in part through the generous support of The Valley Foundation.

Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium – Adventure (San Jose, California)

The creators of Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live want to take your family on an all-new adventure—this time to the bottom of the ocean. Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure is an immersive experience that invites you to jump in and explore unknown ocean depths where prehistoric marine reptiles lived eons ago—and maybe live still today!

Erth shows are at the forefront of family entertainment, using actors, technology, puppets, science, and imagination to create an amazing visual experience that connects young audiences to the real science of paleontology.

BANDALOOP: The Sky is Not the Limit (San Jose, California)

A pioneer in vertical performance, BANDALOOP seamlessly weaves dynamic physicality, intricate choreography, and climbing technology to turn the dance floor on its side. Founded by Amelia Rudolph, BANDALOOP re-imagines dance, activates public spaces, and inspires wonder and imagination in audiences around the world. The company trains dancers and youth at home and on tour and has performed for millions of people in over 22 countries in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, the Americas, and Asia, as well as on screens in films and digital media.

Bridgman-Packer Dance: Truck (San Jose, California)

Through Bridgman|Packer’s signature integration of live performance and video technology, an ordinary box truck evolves from the utilitarian into a reimagined space, a micro-world of magical visions and transformation. With constant shifts of context and scale, startling imagery emerges; a house of a thousand rooms, an aquarium, and a leafy hideaway come alive. The work ranges from evocative to humorous, to sensuous, to wacky.

Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer, collaborators in choreography and performance and Co-Artistic Directors of Bridgman|Packer Dance, are known for their work integrating live performance and video technology.