New York City
The new show Spontaneous Fantasia defies easy categorization, combining several art forms at once, as it does. It involves a man giving a live physical performance, so it’s theater. It involves the spontaneous improvisation of extravagant visual images through special effects, so it’s art. It’s done to the accompaniment of a score featuring original music composed by the performer, so there’s also a musical component.
J. Walt Adamczyk is a CalArts graduate who received a Technical Academy Award ® in 2006 for developing a "real-time pre-visualization system," allowing filmmakers to view virtual sets as actors perform scenes against a green screen.
He’s turned his genius for visual imagery and computerized effects to invent this new art form, developed over several years. The intimate, domed space of the Glendale Community College Auditorium is an ideal canvas for this art, as J. Walt gives a live performance in which, in front of an audience, he improvises a show of 3-D animation, of which images include those of "alien landscapes, strange oceanic ballets, surreal gardens, psychedelic swirls."
The title of the show gives a nod to a Disney animated film of 1940. But this truly 21st Century entertainment is on a higher plane altogether, replacing pen-and-ink with digital technology invented by the performer, who creates fantastic images on the spot.
You won’t see a performance like this anywhere else, because no one else could do it. The estimated running time of the show is 60 minutes. It is suitable for general audiences.
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