Overview Effect

Throughout history, humankind has looked to the night sky with wonder, and it has reflected back our unique perspective — from that point in time — about our place among the stars and the origins of our being. The act of looking up makes us turn inward, connecting the material world with the mystical world. And for those lucky few like astronaut Edgar Mitchell, the bonds of gravity break in more ways than one: “My life’s purpose, I now see, has been to reveal and interpret information, first in outer space and now in inner space.”

By viewing the Earth from a great distance, astronauts sense our beautiful planet’s fragility within the vast scope of outer space, and internalize a deep and profound sense of compassion for the interconnectedness and peace that is possible.

Overview Effect by Portland composer and musician Tylor Neist takes us on a theatrical and musical journey through the cosmos to explore the link between our inner and outer worlds. It is “a meditation on all that is” in a shared, intimate space.

The mission: to simulate the overview effect here on Earth.

This innovative, hour-long performance is a perfectly distilled and seamlessly interwoven capsule of art and information that inspires self-reflection. Neist’s gorgeous and mesmerizing musical score combines with breathtaking Hubble Telescope projections and historic Apollo footage to glorious affect. Further powered by live orchestra, electronic soundscapes, spoken word, theater, and reactive light installations, Portland Center Stage’s intimate Ellyn Bye Studio will come alive with possibility.

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