The Star Dances

When: Sat., Dec. 12, 1 p.m. 2009

Worlds will collide to beautiful effect this Saturday, Dec. 12, in The Star Dances, a multimedia show for families at the Lawrence Hall of Science (Centennial Dr., Berkeley). Created in celebration of the International Year of Astronomy, the show features professional dancers from the San Francisco Opera Ballet and the Oakland Ballet in the roles of the stars and planets, moving to a unique piano version of Gustav Holst's "The Planets." Your personal guide to the galaxy will be National Sciences Foundation Fellow, UC Berkeley astronomy professor, and gamma-ray-blast expert Bethany Cobb, who will narrate the presentation. Choreographer Kathryn Roszak of Danse Lumiere has adapted her original piece, which premiered in October at the Herbst Theater, for interactive family fun, and the children in the audience will be invited to come onstage and explore the universe of dance during the show. 1 p.m., free with museum admission. 510-233-5550,

Claudia Bauer

Price: $6-$12

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