Luminarium's 24-Hour ChoreoFest™
America's only 24-hour choreography festival
A NEW APPROACH
Luminarium Dance Company & Monkeyhouse were thrilled to produce the seventh 24-Hour ChoreoFest in May of 2020! The original micro-residency was created from curiosity in what would happen if we brought choreographers together for an intensely focused amount of time overnight to do what we do best—create. Our new goal in sustaining this festival during COVID-19 was to not only offer an opportunity for dancemakers to unite through a shared digital experience (as we all felt so isolated), but also to provide a means of financial sustenance to artists while we being quarantined and unable to work from home.
The 2020 virtual festival took place in four phases with a different regional festival on each Saturday in May—Malden (May 9), Greater Boston (May 16), Tri-State (May 23), and National (May 30). Each of the Saturday ChoreoFests consisted of a 6-hour creation period, interviews, and a culminating virtual performance at the end of the day (all of which were viewable to the public online).
Stay tuned for info regarding the 2021 ChoreoFest, and if you're interested in participating, please contact Kim Holman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This project was part of Monkeyhouse's Covid Collaborations sponsored by the Miner Nagy Family Gift Fund.
The Malden ChoreoFest program is supported in part by a grant from the Malden Cultural Council,
a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
Interested in contributing
This fund goes directly towards future iterations of Luminarium's 24-Hour ChoreoFest, co-produced by Monkeyhouse.
Specifically, all funds received through the donation box to the right go towards paying the choreographers involved in future ChoreoFest events.
This year's choreographers were paid thanks to support from Monkeyhouse's Covid Collaborations sponsored by the Miner Nagy Family Gift Fund. The Malden ChoreoFest program is supported in part by a grant from the Malden Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.
We thank you for your help in sustaining artists!
Welcome to Luminarium's annual 24-Hour Choreofest, an event that gives local artists the opportunity to create and present new work all within the span of one 24-hour period. From its participants to viewers, ChoreoFest continuously provides an engaging and educational experience—demystifying the genre of dance for those attending, and stretching the limits of choreography and artistic collaboration for those creating new work.
Interested in being a participant?
This year's festival is getting a shake-up! Stay tuned for more info as our next festival plans unfold.
Enjoy videos, testimonials, and press below, or contact Artistic Director, and ChoreoFest founder, Kim Holman at email@example.com with questions.
WHAT IS CHOREOFEST?
Luminarium pioneers this unique annual festival, in which five dance companies join Luminarium in locking themselves inside the famous Dance Complex overnight to create new work for a performance the following evening. Viewers are encouraged to watch the process unfold via live stream online throughout the 24-hour period.
It needs to be supported, hands down . . . People like the mayor, people from the white house—these important people need to be here to see how creative [Luminarium's ChoreoFest] is here in Boston.
2014 ChoreoFest participant from Jamaica
2013 participants included: Impact Dance, Intimations, Monkeyhouse, Paradise Lost, and Ryan P. Casey. All profits later used in Luminarium’s 2014 season, providing free classes for underserved communities.
2012 participants included: 1,000 Virtues Dance, Sarah Mae Gibbons and Renée Amirault, Monkeyhouse, The People Movers, and Synthesis Aesthetics Project. All profits from the inaugural 2012 performance were donated to Young At Arts, an arts-based charity in South Boston MA.
Read our article in the Boston Globe
The overnight creative process:
Beyond the rehearsal space... Documentation, live stream, feedback, discussions, health, and sustenance:
And ultimately...the culminating performances are not to miss: