The life stories of the stars above, as told through the beauty, grace, and power of contemporary dance! Song of the Stars features performances by Seven Dance Company under the artistic direction of Cassia Cramer, woven together with a narration by astrophysicist Paul Sutter. In this original fusion of science and dance, you will travel through the vast cosmos, witnessing the first stars sparking a revolution from total darkness, the fatal love of two galaxies, a cataclysmic death that brings hope to a new generation, and so much more.
Our Kickstarter campaign has successfully gathered support for the shooting and editing of the live premiere by Over the Sun Productions, with intent to distribute a professionally produced film to a variety of channels, including national broadcasters.
Individual pieces will also be filmed using specialized 360-degree cameras by Infinite Impact Studios, creating a unique and groundbreaking immersive virtual reality experience. With this footage a planetarium film will be produced by for distribution to thousands of planetariums worldwide, reaching a potential audience of millions.
Production is led by Active Galaxy Productions, a company specializing in bringing science education to new audiences, with artistic direction by Seven Dance Company, a 501(3)(c) nonprofit dedicated to tying local communities together through world-class dancing. The performance premiered on April 21st, 2016 at the Capitol Theater in Columbus, followed by performances at select schools.
As a part of this production we are also preparing educational supplements, including classroom science guides and student residencies at Seven Dance Company.
We Are The Song
SEVEN DANCE COMPANY
Cassia Cramer - Artistic Director, Lead Choreographer, Associate Producer
Brandon Barker - Dancer, Choreographer
Matt Bowman - Dancer
Melissa Brenner - Dancer, Choreographer
Chelsea Cherie - Dancer, Choreographer
Amber Cherup - Dancer
Caitlin Dennis - Dancer
Brooke Elliott - Dancer
Rachel Fatica - Dancer
Joyelle Fobbs - Choreographer
Rachel Gogolin - Choreographer
Caiti Huckaby - Dancer
Abigail Slone - Dancer
Renee Smith - Choreographer
Emily Whitacre - Dancer
ACTIVE GALAXY PRODUCTIONS
Paul Sutter, Ph. D. - Creator, Executive Producer, Writer, Narrator
Andy Baker - Asst. Lighting Designer
John Beacom, Ph.D. - Educational Consultant
Leo Buono - Director of Photography
Mike Cairns - Virtual Reality Film Producer
Leonardo Carrizo - Still Photographer
Joe Chilcott - Camera Operator, Audio Engineer
Colleen Cooley - Camera Operator
Sheree Greco - Production Manager
Hayden Hinchman - Still Photographer
Ty Owen - Planetarium Film Editor
Kai Staats - Graphic Designer, Lead Film Producer
Mandi Sutter - Creative Consultant
Mary Tarantino - Lighting Designer
Sponsors & Partners
Special thanks to all our Kickstarter backers who made the film possible
Eric Suchyta Jeff Scargle John Umland David Keyes Klaus Honscheid Adrian Liu Jeff Grabmeier Sharon Fischtrom Andreas Berlind Josh D Morgan Rehnberg Linda Staats Andrea Albert Ramin Skibba Scott Suchyta Sathya Gopalakrishnan Matt Reuter Robert F. Wing MQQ Namir Kassim Rex Grady Caleb Cramer Becky Hinchman Laurie Cramer A Little Of Bake Shop Thomas Padden Robert Echols dan holz Charlene Brenner Paul Martini Ryan Eslinger Frank E. Tippin David Parkinson Steven Pavelka K. Stark Patrick Haney Suzy Gurton Alice David Weinberg Helge Bjørkhaug Matt Woods Fraser Cain Harry Herbert Weinhandl Howard Maculsay Glen Kizer Stephan Frank George Greene jesse OSU Astronomy Rob Wilson Erik Sjoberg Rachel Rossi Brian Brunswick Tak Tang Luc Hale Joe & Patty Dennis Jeremy Nowack Clifford B. Edwards Alan McClintock OSU CCAPP Chris Hurtubise Robert Perry Debbie & Eric Roush Joel R Primack Emilynn Collins Melissa Horning Joe E. Heimlich Monica Chilcott MimiW Alan Perkins Seb PhiloPi William Sharp Eric Damon Walters Samantha Frost Brooke Houdeshell Gene Kruse Joseph Lazio Edwin Erin Krozek Ornithopterx Scott Thrift Samuel Asher Kunzman Pierre-Henri Traboulsi Esther Sanchez Castillo Amy Barnes John and Janet Bock Colleen Cooley Chad Gibson Manoj Srinivasan Joe Chilcott Steven Rieder james madsen Bradley Peterson Candice Maddox Eddie Pauline Josh Chamot Chantal David Spurlock Nancy J. Graziano Anshu Dubey Greg Frank Teddy Chao Sally McClaskey Cosmosquark Don and Julie John & Jenna Beacom Suse Maria LoCastro Katherine Stafford Butler Zarija