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J-Walt creates a virtual world in real time

Pioneering multimedia artist J-Walt is a performer interactive designer, filmmaker, graphic artist, and composer. Courtesy photo
Pioneering multimedia artist J-Walt is a performer interactive designer, filmmaker, graphic artist, and composer. Courtesy photo

Intertwining a live musical and visual experience, Academy Award-winner J-Walt utilizes a drawing tablet, a sound system and a joy stick to create Spontaneous Fantasia, a virtual world created on a giant screen in real time, all before a live audience.

This incredible show comes to Three Stages at Folsom Lake College March 2-4.

“J-Walt’s work has compared to laser shows or a Pink Floyd concert updated for a new century, but even that doesn’t do it justice,” Executive Director Dave Pier noted. “We’re very happy to have him for three shows in the intimacy of our 200 seat City Studio Theater.”

Pioneering multimedia artist J-Walt is a performer interactive designer, filmmaker, graphic artist, and composer. For two decades, he has been at the forefront of interactive art and computer performance, expanding the uses of computer animation into uncharted territories. His Spontaneous Fantasia performances combine aspects of animation, video games, music, theater, dance and architecture into a seamless new art form. He has performed for thrilled audiences around the US as well as in Amsterdam, Hamburg, and Edmonton.

On line video of the work can be seen at spontaneousfantasia.com/videos/.

In March of 2006 J-Walt won a Technical Academy Award for his development of a real-time pre-visualization system, and in 2003, he received a Themed Entertainment Award for a digital puppetry attraction. He produced location-based video games for Sony. He was a founding member of Disney’s VR studio, which created a state-of-the-art virtual reality experience for Disney’s EPCOT center in 1995.

J-Walt’s Spontaneous Fantasia will perform in Three Stages on Friday, March 2, and Saturday, March 3, at 8 p.m., and again on Sunday, March, 4 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 to $25 with student tickets available for $12 (student ID is required at the door). Tickets are available online at www.threestages.netor from Three Stages ticket office at (916) 608-6888 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time. Three Stages is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom, facing East Bidwell Street.

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