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.
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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.
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This year's festival is getting a shake-up! Stay tuned for more info as our next festival plans unfold.
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
2014's ChoreoFest had an all-time high for the number of donated themes. Thanks for contributing!
Luminarium Dance's Rose and Nikki work out a vigorous duet.
Props are fair game for the stage or simply inspiration.
The Lipstick Criminals having a blast while tossing out new ideas for their choreographic challenge.
Stefanie D. Belnavis creates charts to brainstorm the emotional pulls of their new work unfolding.
So much happening in this image! A creative moment caught in the act while Sam (middle) keeps the live stream going on her phone for at-home viewers in the wee hours.
Lipstick Criminals taking notes.
Our 2014 vaudeville group The TropiGals start to get a little punchy as the night progresses and the crinoline comes out.
Beyonce makes an appearance, with new "images for inspiration" being changed each hour.
Nicole of Monkeyhouse sets the yarn in motion.
Sharing thoughts on the topic at hand and the ways of choreographically expressing this through movement.
The overnight creative process:
Beyond the rehearsal space... Documentation, live stream, feedback, discussions, health, and sustenance:
Each year, ChoreoFest is professionally documented both onstage and behind the scenes, with a photographer and videographer roaming the festival throughout the 24 hours. Participants are given access to all professional footage and photography to add to their growing portfolios; a necessity for budding artists and added benefit for those more established in the field.
Each season, more than 100 at-home viewers tune in to view the process unfolding leading up to the show. In 2014, the festival reached an international audience through this outlet, with viewers writing in from Jamaica.
Throughout the night, companies take advantage of the 24-hour process by sitting in on each other's rehearsals and offering feedback on the new works.
You can never have too much coffee, pastries, sandwiches, fruits, veggies, and gluten-free options, and at ChoreoFest we do not go without!
Participants enjoy snacks throughout the festival and often make new friends from other companies in the process.
Participants are welcome to bring whatever they please to transform the Dance Complex into "home" during the festival. Seen here, dancers take a 3am nap on one of the many blowup mattresses wisely brought.
The goal of ChoreoFest is not only to create new work, but to foster new dialogue in the local dance community. At 1am, choreographers and performers part ways to each have discussions about the process thus far and how to take what they've learned and apply it to the studio beyond the festival.
No ChoreoFest is complete without a 2am massage session led by Luminarium company members.
Moving Target, 2014
Lipstick Criminals, 2014
Luminarium Dance Company, 2014
Moving Target, 2014
The Stefanie Diahann Dance Project, 2014
Ryan P. Casey, 2013
Impact Dance, 2013
And ultimately...the culminating performances are not to miss: