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Release Date: 02.05.2019 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech

Arts@Tech Season Continues With "Fifth House Ensemble: Journey Live" and 4D Comedy Juggler

Performances Create New Intersections for Arts and Technology on Heels of Ferst Renovation

ATLANTA – (Feb. 4, 2019) The Office of the Arts at Georgia Tech continues its current season celebrating the high-tech intersection of art, engineering, science, design and media.

The Arts@Tech season – the organization’s 27th – next features two February events, starting with Fifth House Ensemble: Journey Live on stage this Saturday at 8 p.m.  Then on Feb. 16, standup comedy meets juggling and technology with the wild antics of Mark Nizer: 4D Comedy Juggler at 8 p.m.

The video game Journey, described by critics as “the most beautiful game of its time,” takes center stage as Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble teams up with composer Austin Wintory to present an original, interactive live performance of his Grammy-nominated score. Fifth House Ensemble performs the game's soundtrack as audience members play the game on stage. The calming, beautiful and emotional video game comes to life in an immersive, interactive environment.

Nizer’s is the “4D Comedy Juggler” with performances incorporating lasers, glowing balls, fire (hand-held torches and ignited propane tanks), live chain saws and electric carving knives, ping-pong balls soaring 20 feet (juggled by mouth), live music (played on instruments touched by the items he’s tossing), stage-friendly vehicles and other inventions of his own creation. Examples of his many juggling feats are available in this highlight reel

Since the 2014-15 season, the Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech charted a new direction for professional arts programming. Following a few years of experimentation, for the first time the current season consists solely of works that bring together the latest in technology with artistic presentation across a range of genres, from music and dance to media arts, theatrical works, and performances that provide a mix-up of multiple presentation styles.

Audiences will experience a hologram concert with a virtual pop star in March with The Virtual Singer Maya Codes' Atlanta debut. These experiences and more combine for a season carefully curated at the intersection of art and technology. Georgia Tech is unique in the nation in presenting a performing arts season exclusively at this intersection.

Offering these exciting and innovative performances in the fully refurbished Ferst Center for the Arts is something Arts@Tech hopes that Georgia Tech students, Atlantans and visitors will share and enjoy. The renovation of the theater space features the installation of new seating, along with other renovations such as new lighting, carpeting and upgrades to the accessible seating areas. The building remained open during fall for events and exhibitions scheduled in the Ferst lobby, for which updates took place in 2016.

Performances of the new Arts@Tech season take place at the Ferst Center for the Arts, 349 Ferst Drive NW, Atlanta, Ga. 30332. Discounted ticket packages and individual tickets are available from the Ferst Center Box Office at 404-894-9600. Information is also available at www.arts.gatech.edu. All programs are subject to change. 

The current season includes:                                                                                                                

Fifth House Ensemble: Journey Live
February 9, 2019 at 8 p.m. – $36
The video game Journey, described by critics as “the most beautiful game of its time,” takes center stage as Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble teams up with composer Austin Wintory to present an original, interactive live performance of his Grammy-nominated score. Fifth House Ensemble performs the game's soundtrack as audience members play the game on stage. The calming, beautiful and emotional video game comes to life in an immersive, interactive environment.

Mark Nizer: 4D Comedy Juggler
February 16, 2019 at 8 p.m. – $28
World champion juggler, award-winning comedian and inventor Mark Nizer brings his live 3D show to the stage; juggling laser beams, glowing red balls, and just about any new invention he can imagine. Nizer is constantly incorporating new technology into his hilarious performances. 

Maya Kodes: The Virtual Singer
March 29, 2019 at 8 p.m. – $36
Maya Kodes is a singer who released a dance pop song on iTunes, recorded an EP, performed over 30 concerts and amassed over 5,500 Facebook followers … all as a hologram! The world’s first interactive real-time virtual pop star, Kodes is the creation of Neweb Labs in Montreal. Local dancers will join Maya onstage for this performance. 

For tickets visit www.arts.gatech.edu or call 404-894-9600.

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