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CONTRADICTIONS + CASUAL SELF-LOATHING DEDHAM MA
NOVEMBER 5 & 6, 2021 - Everyone’s got baggage—mortifications that will haunt us forever, a regrettable high school look, that hug that turned out to be a handshake, the time we self-censored and didn’t speak up, the time something beyond our control made us feel like absolute shit. Contradictions + Casual Self Loathing is a glimpse through the many transparencies of life experience, specifically the female experience. How can we acknowledge our traumas while celebrating discomfort, awkwardness, the things that push us and the things we don’t like about ourselves? This project is made possible (in part) by a Live Arts Boston grant from the Boston Foundation.
THE TIME TRAVELER'S LENS VIEWABLE REMOTELY OR IN-PERSON AT PRINCETON BATTLEFIELD STATE PARK, PRINCETON NJ
NOW LIVE! - Luminarium Dance Company has officially launched its groundbreaking new production The Time Traveler's Lens using 360-degree videography and interdisciplinary choreography to present an extended reality (XR) immersive performance illuminating the history of the colonnade at Princeton Battlefield State Park (Princeton NJ).
This site-specific performance comprises five 360-degree dance films that are viewable as augmented reality (AR) across the battlefield grounds on visitors’ personal mobile devices or as a virtual reality (VR) experience when viewed remotely. As the time traveler, you control the lens, while experiencing the layers of past identities held by this historic site, including ties to the American Revolution (1777); Thomas Ustick Walter, famed architect of the U.S. Capitol (1835); and the Delaware & Raritan Canal (1901); among other glimpses into the colonnade’s rich and storied past. VIEW IT HERE
CHASING LIGHT GALLERY 263, CAMBRIDGE MA
JULY 14 - AUGUST 14, 2021 - We were thrilled to be included in Gallery 263's regional online exhibition Chasing Light, which featured the work of 31 artists from across New England who utilize light as material or subject matter. Merli V. Guerra's 2019 duet like mercury in the palm of my hand was included in this exhibition, featuring Luminarium company members Victoria Kreutzer and Karina McKenna. Chasing Light was juried by Leah Triplett Harrington, curator for Now + There and editor-at-large of Boston Art Review.
C+CSL BOOK CLUB MEETING #4 VIRTUAL EVENT
JUNE 27, 2021 - Led by Director Kim Holman, C+CSL Book Club participants engaged in their fourth online meeting, discussing Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit.
SHOW UP & DANCE DANCE NJ STATEWIDE FESTIVAL
JUNE 24, 2021 - Merli V. Guerra's In Revolution duet from The Time Traveler's Lens was presented in Dance New Jersey's annual Show Up & Dance festival. The duet features Luminarium company members Dane Burch and Nikola Palivoda. The 2021 festival celebrated works that creatively engaged outdoor spaces.
GLOBAL WATER DANCES INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
JUNE 9-11, 2021 - Luminarium once again participated in the annual international Global Water Dances festival, this year presenting a new screendance film created in April 2021. Dance with Violoncello and Electronics was written by composer Melika M. Fitzhugh as a collaboration with dancer/choreographer Merli V. Guerra back in 2017. The piece was reworked for film this spring, performed by Guerra and played by internationally-acclaimed cellist Madeleine Shapiro.
CROWN WOOD INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL KOLKATA, INDIA
MAY 2021 - In May, The Time Traveler’s Lens again went international when one of its five 360-degree films, Passage, was selected for screening at Crown Wood International Film Festival in Kolkata, India.
C+CSL BOOK CLUB MEETING #3 VIRTUAL EVENT
MAY 30, 2021 - Led by Director Kim Holman, C+CSL Book Club participants engaged in their third online meeting, discussing Samantha Irby's We are never meeting in real life.
IPSWICH LOCAL COLOR FESTIVAL IPSWICH MA
MAY 22, 2021 - To culminate the spring activities for Oceans of Rivers, viewers joined Kim Holman, Katie McGrail and Audrey MacLean at the final performance of their score accompanied by Fort Point Theatre Channel collaborators' live original music, larger than life puppets, and vivid interactive projections.
THE TIME TRAVELER'S LENS HARVARD UNIVERSITY V/A REALITY
MAY 18, 2021 - Merli V. Guerra was invited by Harvard University to present on her MFA in Dance research in relation to Luminarium's extended reality production The Time Traveler's Lens. Guerra presented “The Time Traveler's Lens: Using AR/VR and Choreographic Tools to Enliven Historic Ruins” for Harvard University Virtual/Augmented Reality (HUV/AR), a group of staff and faculty who are all exploring 360-degree, 3D, and immersive spaces.
CIRCE DANCE FILM EXHIBITION TBILISI, GEORGIA
MAY 7, 2021 - Merli V. Guerra's The One I Keep made its Georgian premiere at the Circe Dance Film Exhibition in collaboration with the Quinzena de Dança de Almada.
OCEAN OF RIVERS LOCKWOOD FOREST, BOXFORD MA
MAY 1, 2021 - With Fort Point Theatre Channel & Oceans of Rivers collaborators, Kim Holman and guests artists Angelina Benitez and Nicole Harris performed along a live-cast guided walk focused on river connectivity and resiliency, this time through Lockwood Forest in Boxford.
C+CSL BOOK CLUB MEETING #2 VIRTUAL EVENT
APRIL 25, 2021 - Led by Director Kim Holman, C+CSL Book Club participants engaged in their second online meeting, discussing a trio of articles by Jia Tolentino.
OCEAN OF RIVERS HOOD POND, TOPSFIELD MA
APRIL 18, 2021 - With Fort Point Theatre Channel and Oceans of Rivers collaborators, Kim Holman and Katie McGrail performed along a guided walk focused on river connectivity and resiliency. The walk followed Topsfield's Howlett Brook, culminating at Hood Pond.
OUR WORLD HERITAGE GLOBINAR 2.0 VIRTUAL EVENT
APRIL 10, 2021 - Director Merli V. Guerra was invited to present "Heritage in Motion," discussing her MFA in Dance research in relation to Luminarium's extended reality production The Time Traveler's Lens, at Our World Heritage's international Globinar 2.0. The presentation has resulted in meaningful dialogues with organizations in Arizona, Connecticut, Canada, and Benin (West Africa) to discuss possibilities for collaboration between Luminarium and their own historic sites.
C+CSL BOOK CLUB MEETING #1 VIRTUAL EVENT
MARCH 28, 2021 - Led by Director Kim Holman, C+CSL Book Club participants engaged in their first online meeting, discussing I Hold a Wolf by the Ears: Stories by Laura van den Berg.
SENSUS FILM FESTIVAL ST. PERTERSBURG, RUSSIA
MARCH 11, 2021 - Guerra's film For you, to mentor me was a semi-finalist for Sensus Film Festival in St. Petersburg, Russia.
TEKNOCHAT VIP FEST: BEST OF 2020 SPAIN & ARGENTINA
FEBRUARY 28, 2021 - Luminarium's screendance films were well represented at Teknochat Festivals’ VIP Fest: Best of 2020 (in Barcelona, Spain, and Resistencia, Argentina). Guerra's For you, to mentor me won the “Best Art Narrative of 2020” Film Award and was a finalist for “Best Script" and “Best Music, Dance, Art Film,” while her film The One I Keep won the “Best Experimental of 2020” Film Award and was a finalist for “Best Art Direction” and “Best Music, Dance, Art Film.”
NDEO NATIONAL CONFERENCE PRESENTATION VIRTUAL EVENT
OCTOBER 25, 2020 - Luminarium Artistic Director Merli V. Guerra, along with co-presenters Kimberlee Gerstheimer and Amber Hongsermeier, presented "Community Engagement: Exploring Benefits from Historical, Practical, and Social Work-Based Approaches" at the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) 2020 National Conference. Originally scheduled to be held in Colorado, the conference took place virtually. As dance artists and educators, Gerstheimer, Guerra, and Hongsermeier presented a three-pronged approach to community-engaged dance, discussing historical context, contemporary examples, necessary logistical tools, and reciprocal benefits of this field of creative work. Including movement and group discussion, the presentation examined the past, present, and future of community-engaged dance while highlighting examples of Luminarium's decade of community-engaged programming, including its DANCE+ Series and annual Cultural Community Outreach Project.
OCEAN OF RIVERS IPSWICH RIVERWALK, IPSWICH MA
OCTOBER 24, 2020 - Audiences joined Luminarium for a socially-distanced performance outdoors as part of Ipswich Illuminations. An interdisciplinary exploration and collaboration, Ocean of Rivers was presented by Fort Point Theater Channel and Ipswich River Watershed Association. Conceived and curated by FPTC’s Anne Loyer, Luminarium’s Kim Holman brought movement to the project to explore the physical metamorphoses triggered when fish migrate into different environments, and enter new life stages. In addition to movement (danced by Holman, with Jessica Chang, Audrey MacLean, and Katie McGrail), the project's original music, large scale puppets, and interactive projections illuminated questions about our ever-changing relationship with fellow creatures and shared habitats. The collaborative work invited viewers to think more widely about our impact on the environment and its impact on us.
INTERNATIONAL DANCE FESTIVAL ALMADA, PORTUGAL
OCTOBER 2, 2020 - We were honored to have Luminarium's 2013 film The One I Keep (featuring company member Jessica Chang) screened at the 28th Quinzena de Dança de Almada International Dance Festival at the Academia Almadense in Almada, Portugal, outside Lisbon. As our country was continuing to battle Covid-19 and navigate live performances and events, it was particularly moving and encouraging to see this international festival inviting viewers inside a physical theater, with our own film highlighted in the festival's promo reel! View the reel here.
TEN4TEN SHOW #10: "LUMINARIUM IN CONCERT" ONLINE
AUGUST 21-SEPTEMBER 12, 2020 - Luminarium Dance Company triumphantly ended its TEN4TEN Online Performance Series with its 2019 Season feature production LUMINARIUM IN CONCERT—a melding of contemporary dance, classical Odissi Indian dance, and unique lighting that catapulted live performance to a whole new level. Viewers ventured into Luminarium’s world of movement and light, featuring shadow-puppetry, combat sport, and screendance.
TEN4TEN PERFORMANCE #9: "HIVELAND" ONLINE
AUGUST 9-22, 2020 - Luminarium presented its TEN4TEN Performance Series celebrating its tenth anniversary season with curated shows every two weeks, highlighting its award-winning repertory spanning 2010 to present. The ninth performance presented HIVELAND, Luminarium's 2018 feature production that first developed out of the company's TEDxCambridge commission presented to 2,600 viewers at the Boston Opera House (2016), followed by an unprecedented two-year creation period for co-choreographers Merli V. Guerra and Kimberleigh A. Holman. Described by the Boston Globe as "a compelling exploration...unpredictable, provocative, and gratifyingly visceral," Luminarium's athletic and weightless performers journey through a portal beyond the hive colony into the unknown, while composer Christos Zevos sets the pace with a driving electronic score.
TEN4TEN PERFORMANCE #8: "LIVE DANCE | LIVE MUSIC" ONLINE
July 26-AUGUST 8, 2020 - Luminarium presented its TEN4TEN Performance Series celebrating its tenth anniversary season with curated shows every two weeks, highlighting its award-winning repertory spanning 2010 to present. The eighth performance featured an exciting collection of Luminarium commissions and collaborations involving live music and sound. Viewers enjoyed commissioned works accompanied by orchestral groups Boston New Music Initiative (2017) and Verdant Vibes (2019); live music serenading Luminarium's Fort Point Theatre Channel commission (2019); and an empowering new work created in collaboration with Rutgers University, coLAB Arts, and intellectually/developmentally disabled (I/DD) self-advocates across New Jersey, whose talented performers also provide an entirely live vocalized score (2020).
TEN4TEN PERFORMANCE #7: "PORTAL+" ONLINE
JULY 12-JULY 25, 2020 - Luminarium presented its TEN4TEN Performance Series celebrating its tenth anniversary season with curated shows every two weeks, highlighting its award-winning repertory spanning 2010 to present. For its seventh performance,
Luminarium presented Portal+, highlighting pieces from its 2016 feature production Portal and additional rarely-seen works from 2017, including four commissioned works, a music video for Jaggery, and Luminarium's debut performance in New Jersey (where it now houses its Satellite Company).
TEN4TEN PERFORMANCE #6: "SPEKTREL" ONLINE
JUNE 28-JULY 11, 2020 - Luminarium presented its TEN4TEN Performance Series celebrating its tenth anniversary season with curated shows every two weeks, highlighting its award-winning repertory spanning 2010 to present. For its sixth performance, Luminarium reflected on its former milestone of five years in the Boston dance community, which was celebrated with the company's 2015 feature production Spektrel. The performance showcases four works that accentuate the company’s powerful theatricality through otherworldly shadows, light play, and colorful abandon. It was here that Luminarium repertory favorites Getting There is Half the Battle and Phoenixial Cycle made their premieres.
TEN4TEN PERFORMANCE #5: "THE SLEEPRUNNER" ONLINE
JUNE 14-27, 2020 - Luminarium presented its TEN4TEN Performance Series celebrating its tenth anniversary season with curated shows every two weeks, highlighting its award-winning repertory spanning 2010 to present. Its fifth TEN4TEN performance took viewers back to Luminarium's 2014 feature production The Sleeprunner, which transformed the Multicultural Arts Center space into a dynamic dream world for a two-week sold-out run. Viewers watched as the company’s nine performers guided this constantly evolving production from the moment of drifting off to sleep and what happens when one’s eyes first close, through a boundless and vivid dreamscape. Sensical to quirky, humorous to dark, viewers engaged in a full night’s journey told through dance, with gorgeous costumes designed by Sueann Leung.
TEN4TEN PERFORMANCE #4: "SECRETS & MOTION" ONLINE
MAY 31-JUNE 13, 2020 - Luminarium presented its TEN4TEN Performance Series celebrating its tenth anniversary season with curated shows every two weeks, highlighting its award-winning repertory spanning 2010 to present. For its fourth performance, Luminarium presented its 2013 feature production Secrets & Motion. Described by one critic as "a powerful play on poetry in motion and the mysteries hidden in the light and dark" (NE Theatre Geek), Secrets & Motion combines dance, light, and text to create a performance riddled with contemplative thought, and a little humor. Collaborating with photographer Larry Pratt and installation artist Hannah Verlin, Secrets & Motion presents viewers with an evening deeply rooted in the secrets we keep, share, and dismantle, prompting famed critic Beverly Creasey (Boston Arts Review) to write,"It's no secret that the Luminarium Dance Company is one of the most intelligent and innovative dance troupes in Boston."
24-HOUR CHOREOFEST: SHOW #4 NATIONAL / ONLINE
MAY 30, 2020 - Luminarium Dance Company & Monkeyhouse produced the seventh 24-Hour ChoreoFest in response to COVID-19. 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 consisting 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). The fourth and final performance in the series featured choreographers, dancers, and producers hailing from across the nation—Los Angeles, CA; Chicago, IL; NYC; New Hampshire; New Jersey; and Greater Boston, MA—and included choreographers Sarah Duclos (NH); Jenn Rose (NYC); and Akshaya Avril Tucker (CA), thanks to sponsorship from the Miner Nagy Family Gift Fund.
TEN4TEN PERFORMANCE #3: "BEYOND DANCE" ONLINE
MAY 17-30, 2020 - Luminarium presented its TEN4TEN Performance Series celebrating its tenth anniversary season with curated shows every two weeks, highlighting its award-winning repertory spanning 2010 to present. The company's third online performance featured early examples of Luminarium’s interdisciplinary take on community engagement. Viewers enjoyed choreographic collaborations that went “beyond dance” with the New England Quilt Museum (2013) and the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art (2015); witnessed Luminarium’s 24-Hour ChoreoFest creation (2014); and reminisced on the company’s Night at the Tower project, which received the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s coveted Gold Star Award (2014).
24-HOUR CHOREOFEST: SHOW #3 TRI-STATE AREA / ONLINE
MAY 23, 2020 - Luminarium Dance Company & Monkeyhouse produced the seventh 24-Hour ChoreoFest in response to COVID-19. 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 consisting 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). The third performance in the series featured choreographers hailing from the Tri-State Region (New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania)—Tyron Howard, Jessica Lynch, and Moriah Ella Mason—thanks to sponsorship from the Miner Nagy Family Gift Fund.
24-HOUR CHOREOFEST: SHOW #2 GREATER BOSTON / ONLINE
MAY 16, 2020 - Luminarium Dance Company & Monkeyhouse produced the seventh 24-Hour ChoreoFest in response to COVID-19. 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 consisting 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). The second performance in the series featured choreographers hailing from Greater Boston—Angelina Benitez, Olivia Blaisdell, and Kelsey Saulnier—thanks to sponsorship from the Miner Nagy Family Gift Fund.
TEN4TEN PERFORMANCE #2: "MYTHOS:PATHOS" ONLINE
May 3-16, 2020 - Luminarium presented its TEN4TEN Performance Series celebrating its tenth anniversary season with curated shows every two weeks, highlighting its award-winning repertory spanning 2010 to 2020. TEN4TEN Performance #2 showed Luminarium's 2012 feature production Mythos:Pathos, originally presented at the Center for the Arts at the Armory (Somerville MA) and Arsenal Center for the Arts (Watertown MA), with a culminating sold-out performance at A.R.T.'s OBERON Theater (Cambridge MA). The production utilizes nontraditional lighting, while showcasing a contemporary take on Greek mythology, and is credited as being the performance that put Luminarium "on the map."
24-HOUR CHOREOFEST: SHOW #1 MALDEN MA / ONLINE
MAY 9, 2020 - Luminarium Dance Company & Monkeyhouse produced the seventh 24-Hour ChoreoFest in response to COVID-19. 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 consisting 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). The first performance in the series featured choreographers with ties to Malden, MA—Amy Foley, Elizabeth Powers, and Natalie Schiera—thanks to a grant from the Malden Cultural Council.
SOUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL SPAIN & ARGENTINA
APRIL 30, 2020 - Merli V. Guerra's dance film, For you, to mentor me, made its South American and Spanish premieres in Barcelona, Spain, and Resistencia, Argentina, at the SounDance Film Festival, where it was awarded "Best Choreography" and "Best Narrative Dance."
TEN4TEN PERFORMANCE #1: "THE BEGINNINGS" ONLINE
April 19-May 2, 2020 - Luminarium presented its TEN4TEN Performance Series celebrating its tenth anniversary season with curated shows every two weeks, highlighting its award-winning repertory spanning 2010 to 2020. TEN4TEN Performance #1 was titled "The Beginnings" and showcased many of Luminarium's earliest works from its first official season in 2011 and its debut production FRACTURE in 2010.
EUROPA FILM FESTIVAL: AWARD-WINNER BARCELONA, SPAIN
MARCH 29, 2020 - Luminarium was thrilled to see its screendance films continuing to travel the globe when Artistic Director Merli V. Guerra's "The One I Keep" (2013) made official selection at the Europa Film Festival (Barcelona, Spain), in which it was additionally honored to receive the "Best Experimental" film category award!
MOTION: NEW DANCE WORKS NEW BRUNSWICK NJ
MARCH 11, 2020 - Luminarium Dance Company Artistic Director Merli V. Guerra collaborated with Intellectual / Developmental Disability (I/DD) self-advocates across New Jersey from September 2019 to March 2020, conducting oral histories in collaboration with the Rutgers University MFA in Dance program and coLAB Arts. The resulting dance theatre work, ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQ—STUVWXYZ, calls attention to the struggles and accomplishments these self-advocates face. What daily dignities do we take for granted? What does "self-advocacy" mean to those in the I/DD community? Evoking moments of accomplishment and perseverance, this work highlights the day-to-day overlaps of I/DD and neurotypical communities.
PRISMA INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS ROME, ITALY
January 5, 2020 - Merli V. Guerra's dance film, For you, to mentor me, was honored to be selected for the Prisma Independent Film Awards in Rome, Italy, kicking off Luminarium's 2020 Season with international flair.
IMAJITARI INTERNATIONAL DANCE FILM FESTIVAL INDONESIA
DECEMBER 13, 2019 - Merli V. Guerra's latest dance film, For you, to mentor me, made its international debut just one week after its world premiere in Boston, MA, traveling to the IMAJITARI International Dance Film Festival in Indonesia.
LUMINARIUM IN CONCERT MULTICULTURAL ARTS CENTER
DECEMBER 6 & 7, 2019 - Hailed by the Boston Globe as “unpredictable, provocative, and gratifyingly visceral,” Luminarium Dance Company triumphantly ended its 2019 Season with a melding of contemporary, Odissi, and unique lighting that catapulted live performance to a whole new level. Audiences ventured into Luminarium’s world of movement and light where fanciful animals were brought to life through shadow-play; witnessed the exhilaration of combat sport beyond the ring; sank into the luscious imagery of a new screendance film; and delighted in an amusing and provocative examination of "self," all in a night’s work.
TEMPEST RECONFIGURED BOSTON MA
OCTOBER 5, NOVEMBER 7 & 14, 2019 - The partners and Fort Point Theatre Channel present a collection of short works drawing inspiration from Shakespeare's The Tempest. Topics include colonialism, gender stereotypes, and immigration, as told through a mix of art forms. Heralding the art of dance, Luminarium Dance Company presents a new work by Artistic Director Kim Holman combining light and movement, highlighting themes of "magic and spectacle" found in the original play.
WOMEN IN DANCE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE PHILADELPHIA PA
OCTOBER 18 & 19, 2019 - The Women in Dance Leadership Conference was first held in Baton Rouge, LA, (2015) and NYC (2018), presenting "innovative and multicultural dance work to celebrate, develop, and promote women’s leadership in dance making, dance related fields, and other male dominated professions." Luminarium Artistic Director Merli V. Guerra was selected as one of 16 filmmakers worldwide to show two of her screendance films at this prestigious event, including Luminarium film The One I Keep, starring company member Jess Chang.
ARTBEAT FESTIVAL SOMERVILLE THEATRE, SOMERVILLE MA
SATURDAY, JULY 13, 2019 - Somerville Arts Council presented its annual ArtBeat Festival in Davis Square, Somerville, MA, featuring Luminarium's new work 8.7 million minus 1, by Artistic Director Merli V. Guerra, at the Somerville Theatre. The work integrates classical Odissi Indian dance, modern, and shadow theatre to literally and metaphorically illuminate the effects of human waste and pollution on the planet’s ecosystems. Incorporating found sound and spoken poetry by Guerra, the work aims to remind each of us of our direct impacts on the problem, and the habits we can change in our daily routines to do our part.
IGNITE: BIRTHDAY PERFORMANCE GREEN STREET STUDIOS
SUNDAY, JUNE 23, 2019 - Luminarium celebrated its 2019 birthday with IGNITE—an evening-length performance with drinks, cake, finger foods, silent auction, and raffle. Viewers were additionally treated to site-specific works throughout the building before the show and during intermission, all while enjoying a full production featuring fresh new works by Luminarium Directors Merli V. Guerra and Kimberleigh A. Holman, and 24-Hour ChoreoFest 2019 participants Colleen Cecchi, Nick M Daniels / The DANA Movement Ensemble, Alexander Davis, Emma Morris, and Kelsey Saulnier. Co-sponsored by Green Street Studios and Monkeyhouse.
GLOBAL WATER DANCES: NORTH WATSON PARK, MERRIMACK NH
SATURDAY, JUNE 15, 2019 - Funded by New England Grassroots Environment Fund and co-sponsored by Citizens for Clean Water, Artistic Director Kim Holman created an afternoon of advocacy for safe water through a performance for Global Water Dances 2019. Audiences joined guest speakers and the company as they performed new work to shed light on the Merrimack community's water contamination issue through human impact stories and site-specific movement.
GLOBAL WATER DANCES: SOUTH LAKE MERCER, WEST WINDSOR NJ
SATURDAY, JUNE 15, 2019 - Merli V. Guerra and Luminarium's Satellite Company presented new site-specific work as part of Global Water Dances' 2019 worldwide event, on the heels of Guerra's recent work 8.7 million minus 1, which prompts viewers to reconsider their own habits of pollution and human consumption. This migratory performance installation took place along the edges of Lake Mercer in Mercer County Park from 3-4pm.
24-HOUR CHOREOFEST GREEN STREET STUDIOS
JUNE 21 THROUGH JUNE 22, 2019 - Luminarium's ChoreoFest
returned after a two-year hiatus with choreographers from Pittsburgh, PA; Atlanta, Georgia; and New England creating brand new work overnight! This year's event featured esteemed choreographers
Colleen Cecchi Walsh, Nick M Daniels / The DANA Movement Ensemble, Alexander Davis, Emma Morris, and Kelsey Saulnier, with performances of the new work shown at Luminarium's performance IGNITE. Co-sponsored by Green Street Studios and Monkeyhouse.
LEAP-TWIST-TURN 3S ARTSPACE, PORTSMOUTH NH
FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 2019 - Once more, Luminarium joined visual artist Adria Arch at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth, NH, for a physical exploration of her installation work. Dancers Jessica Chang and Jennifer Roberts inhabited Arch's hybrid paintings on the evening of June 7, working off of their playful sense of real-life animation, and drawing viewers deeper into the work.
VERDANT VIBES PROVIDENCE RI
FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2019 - Kimberleigh Holman brought three new works to life with live music as part of Verdant Vibes' Spring Festival. With music ranging from string quintet to experimental electronics, the new dance works performed by Jessica Chang, Devon Colton, Amy Mastrangelo, Katie McGrail, Alison McHorney, and Jennifer Roberts, spanned narrative quirk to live-time light installation. Verdant Vibes is a new music ensemble and concert series based in Providence, RI, that brings together artists and musicians creating new work in a variety of genres and media, acoustic and electronic.
VIDEOSKIN THE EDGE GALLERY, YUKON, CANADA
NOVEMBER 2-27, 2018 - Merli V. Guerra's film The One I Keep featuring company member Jess Chang once again traveled abroad when it was selected for screening as part of ViDEOSKiN Contemporary Dance Video Works. The film was presented at The Edge Gallery in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, with showings every Saturday in November.
PINE MANOR ARTS FEST HESS GALLERY, CHESTNUT HILL MA
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2018 - Luminarium Artistic Director Kim Holman and company members Jennifer Roberts, Katie McGrail, and Jess Chang continued their collaboration with visual artist Adria Arch and musician Alex Matheson to populate Arch’s large hanging hybrid paintings. Titled Do I Make You Happy?, the performance was a participatory exploration of people-pleasing, entertaining, and fixing, and what extra baggage women might carry in regards to these ideas, woven throughout the visual art. The work debuted at Pine Manor College's Arts Fest.
LIBERTY HALL DANCE FESTIVAL KEAN UNIVERSITY, UNION NJ
SEPTEMBER 29, 2018 - Under the direction of Artistic Director Merli V. Guerra, Luminarium's satellite company (based in Princeton, NJ) made its official debut, performing repertory favorite The Hostess Diaries at Liberty Hall Dance Festival. Co-presented by Buggé Ballet and Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University, Liberty Hall Dance Festival invited viewers to walk along the beautiful museum grounds, while enjoying site-specific professional dance performances inspired by moments in history.
HIVELAND MULTICULTURAL ARTS CENTER, CAMBRIDGE MA
SEPTEMBER 21, 22, 28, 29, 2018 - Hailed as one of “the most intelligent and innovative dance troupes in Boston,” Luminarium Dance Company returned after a two-year creation period with its feature production HIVELAND. Audiences were submerged inside the dreamlike world of HIVELAND’s athletic and weightless performers as they journeyed through a portal beyond the hive colony into the unknown, while composer Christos Zevos set the pace with a driving electronic score.
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LDC IN CONCERT CLERMONT HISTORIC SITE, GERMANTOWN NY
AUGUST 4, 2018 - Luminarium Dance Company presented a family-friendly performance on the beautiful Clermont Historic Site grounds in upstate New York, featuring two newly commissioned works: one setting into motion the real-life story of Clermont historic figure Nancy Shippen; the other examining the effect of legacy on industry in the Hudson River Valley. These two new works (Guerra's Trinkets and Holman's Intersections, respectively) were performed alongside excerpts from the company's pending feature production HIVELAND and repertory (and historically-inspired) favorite The Hostess Diaries. The program was sponsored in part by a Humanities New York Action Grant.
CEFALÙ FILM FESTIVAL PALERMO ITALY
SUMMER 2018 - Luminarium’s dance-on-camera films once again traveled the globe when Merli V. Guerra's The One I Keep (featuring company member Jess Chang) was selected for screening at Cefalù Film Festival in Palermo, Italy.
SPARK: GALA & SHOWCASE ARMORY, SOMERVILLE MA
JUNE 10, 2018 - Guests were invited to join the company as it celebrated its eighth anniversary with an evening of riveting performances, silent auctions, award-winning food, desserts, and local brews.
DANCE FOR WORLD COMMUNITY FESTIVAL CAMBRIDGE MA
JUNE 9, 2018 - Luminarium returned for the eighth time to this annual festival in Harvard Square, presenting fresh, newly-created excerpts from its 2018 Feature Production.
FIRST TAKE SHORTS SERIES AND Q&A DOYLESTOWN PA
APRIL 19, 2018 - Luminarium's film The One I Keep (featuring company member Jess Chang) was selected for viewing at the First Take Shorts Series. Held to the The County Theater in Doylestown, PA, the evening featured 12 shorts by Greater Philadelphia filmmakers, ending with a Q&A that included the only female filmmaker in attendance, and Luminarium Artistic Director, Merli V. Guerra.
COLLABORATION WITH PAINTER ADRIA ARCH NEWTON MA
APRIL 7 & 8, 2018 - Viewers ventured inside a living, breathing painting, as Luminarium Dance Company collaborated with award-winning artist Adria Arch during Newton Open Studios. Company member Jennifer Roberts performed a series of improvisational solos, dancing among Arch's new work Dept. of the Interior, a "hybrid painting" on paper comprised of cut out abstract elements suspended from the ceiling and walls. Performances were held at Arch's studio, accompanied by musician Alexander Matheson.
THESIS PRESENTATION GODDARD COLLEGE, PLAINFIELD VT
FEBRUARY 3, 2018 - In February 2018, Artistic Director Kimberleigh A. Holman presented her MFA thesis Bodies in Space. Accompanying the presentation, company members Melenie Diarbekirian and Katie McGrail traveled to Goddard College to perform Holman's Between Words & Space, encircled by their audience in the college's historic Haybarn Theatre. Holman now holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts, Performance Creation.
FEATURE PRODUCTION INFORMAL SHOWING CAMBRIDGE MA
DECEMBER 2, 2017 - Luminarium hosted an informal showing of the work done thus far on its 2018 Feature Production at Green Street Studios (Cambridge MA). Viewers stepped into the company's rehearsal space to see what would happen after 2016's TEDx characters leapt towards the alluring red circle, and watched as their relationships began to unfold for better or worse. Many stayed after the showing to chat with directors and dancers about the work in progress, and offer constructive insights of their own.
OUTLET DANCE PROJECT HAMILTON NJ
OCTOBER 7, 2017 - Luminarium made its official New Jersey debut at the beautiful Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton NJ. The Outlet Dance Project invited Luminarium Artistic Director Merli V. Guerra to present a new duet, created in relation to Linda Cunningham's striking bronze sculpture War Memorial III. The new work, Weathered, used 1970s CBS Vietnam newscasts as a sound score, creating a powerful and moving outdoor performance.
WISCASSET ART WALK WISCASSET ME
AUGUST 31, 2017 - Luminarium returned to Wiscasset, ME, for the art- and music-filled Wiscasset Art Walk. Passersby were encouraged to join the company as its dancers wander the town's coastal galleries, cafes, and artisanal shops.
NATICK ARTWALK NATICK MA
JULY 20, 2017 - Luminarium enjoyed performing at Natick Center Cultural District's 2017 ArtWalk—downtown's largest summer arts festival, celebrating its 10th season. More than 50 artists were stationed outside local businesses and studios to share their work with the public during the ArtWalk, while Luminarium's company members performed through the streets.
ARTS IN ACTION PROJECT BOSTON MA
JUNE 2017 - Luminarium was thrilled to partner with the Italian Home for Children for its annual youth program. The company developed a summer class series for participants with sensory processing issues to utilize dance for therapy and expression.
IGNITE: 2017 GALA & SHOWCASE ARMORY, SOMERVILLE MA
JUNE 24, 2017 - Guests joined the company as it celebrated its seventh anniversary with an evening of riveting performances, silent auctions, award-winning desserts, and local brews.
DANCE FOR WORLD COMMUNITY FESTIVAL CAMBRIDGE MA
JUNE 10, 2017 - Luminarium returned for the seventh time to this annual festival, presenting repertory favorite Andromeda in Harvard Square.
THE ROSOFF AWARDS THE STATE ROOM, BOSTON MA
MAY 23, 2017 - Luminarium felt honored when approached with a commission to create new work for the opening of the 21st Annual Rosoff Awards. Held in The State Room in Boston, The Rosoff Awards celebrate companies, individuals, and 20-somethings who are leading the way for change in their organizations. Luminarium debuted a new piece at the event, centered around the concepts of diversity, inclusion, and unity, set against The State Room's stunning view of the Boston skyline.
KINETIC CRAFT FULLER CRAFT MUSEUM, BROCKTON MA
APRIL SCHOOL VACATION 2017: APRIL 18-23, 10AM-5PM - For its 2017 Cultural Community Outreach Project (at the time, in its 6th year), Luminarium was in residence at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton for the entire week of April school vacation (Daily, 10am-5pm Tuesday, April 18 through Sunday, April 23, 2017). The company painstakingly constructed a series of “breathing installations”—a concept first developed back in 2011 with Luminarium’s fabric installation at the Boston Center for the Arts’ Movement at the Mills—highlighting the five crafting elements: Textiles, Ceramics, Wood, Glass, and Metal. The museum's 471 visitors that week perused the museum at their leisure as dancers from each installation performed and interacted with those passing by. Engaging for all ages, this event was free with museum admission.
BOSTON NEW MUSIC INITIATIVE SOMERVILLE MA
APRIL 22, 2017 - Luminarium was commissioned to create two new works to contemporary chamber music selected as part of Boston New Music Initiative’s international call for scores. Both music and dance were performed live in Ars Nexa Tempora at the Center for Arts at the Armory, resulting in an exciting spring concert collaboration.
MAD WORLD ENDICOTT COLLEGE, BEVERLY MA
MARCH 11, 2017 - Aurora Borealis Dance Company's Spring concert Mad World featured Luminarium Dance Company and BoSoma Dance Company as its annual professional Guest Artists, specifically requesting Guerra's acclaimed duet from Phoenixial Cycle.
VOICES FROM THE FUTURE CLUB CAFE, BOSTON MA
JANUARY 28, 2017 - Luminarium made a guest appearance at this culturally- and politically-important event sponsored by Wanderlost—a gathering of musicians, poets, and dancers under 30 to protect and further LGBTQ rights. All proceeds went directly to BAGLY, the Boston Alliance for Gay & Lesbian Youth.
APAP | NYC NEW YORK CITY
JANUARY 7, 2017 - Luminarium was honored to present its work at the 60th anniversary APAP | NYC 2017—the members conference of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters and the world’s premiere gathering of performing arts professionals. More than 3,600 presenting organizations, artists, managers, agents, support organizations, vendors, consultants, speakers and arts leaders from all 50 U.S. states and more than 33 countries attended this annual event, and Luminarium joined them, presenting Holman's Between Words and Space as part of Tracks // Where Will Dance Take You on January 7th at the Gibney Dance Choreographic Center.
PORTAL: STORIES FROM THE EDGE BOSTON UNIVERSITY
NOVEMBER 11 & 12 - Luminarium returned to the beautiful Boston University Dance Theater for its mainstage production of 2016. Audiences ventured through Portal, Luminarium’s 2016 Season feature production, igniting the company’s signature imaginative choreography and theatricality. Portal: Stories from the Edge proffered an evening of vibrant storytelling and experience that provided entry to five unique worlds of dance. Debuting just days after the unexpected results of the 2016 presidential election, Portal became an opportunity for the Greater Boston community to gather in a safe space, while discussing the topics of human connection and history repeating itself which were prevalent in the work onstage.
SHORT TO THE POINT INT. FILM FESTIVAL BUCHAREST ROMANIA
FALL 2016 - Kim Holman's film Garden—a collaboration with musical artist Jaggery—was shown as part of SHORT to the Point International Film Festival in Bucharest, Romania, in Fall 2016. The artistic music video featured Luminarium company members Jess Chang, Melenie Diarbekirian, Merli V. Guerra, Katie McGrail, and Alison McHorney.
ONE MINUTE SOLOS MOBIUS, CAMBRIDGE MA
SEPTEMBER 24 - Luminarium's Kim Holman and Alison McHorney each performed to packed audiences at Mobius's evening of One Minute Solos. Holman presented a 60-second version of her recent 60-minute collaborative work, while McHorney previewed Merli V. Guerra's The Grass Never Grows, performing a pivotal solo from the new work which later debuted in full at Portal.
24-HOUR CHOREOFEST DANCE COMPLEX, CAMBRIDGE MA
SEPTEMBER 9-10 - Each season, Luminarium presents America's only 24-hour choreography festival. Viewers ventured online at 8pm on Friday, September 9th for the overnight creation period live stream, allowing them to peek into all six studios as the choreographers made new work overnight. 2016 Participants Include: Boston Community Dance Project, Bridges Dance Theatre, Emily Jerant-Hendrickson, Luminarium Dance, Monkeyhouse, and Nozama Dance Collective. All profits from Saturday's culminating concerts went towards Luminarium's 2017 youth outreach programming.
WISCASSET ART WALK WISCASSET ME
THURSDAY, AUGUST 25 - Luminarium returned to Wiscasset, ME, for the art- and music-filled Wiscasset Art Walk. Passersby were encouraged to join the company as its dancers wandered the town's coastal galleries, cafes, and artisanal shops.
MORE THAN MOVES FESTIVAL CENTRAL SQUARE THEATER
MONDAY, AUGUST 8 - Luminarium was invited to perform its ever-popular solo Andromeda at Paradise Lost's inaugural More than Moves Festival, raising funds for Transition House.
ORG: BLACK & WHITE BALL OBERON, CAMBRIDGE MA
FRIDAY, JULY 29 - Luminarium added its monochromatic trio Getting There is Half the Battle to Jaggery's ORG: Black & White Ball, while guests donned their best black-and-white apparel.
300 YEARS WAYSIDE INN, SUDBURY MA
SUNDAY, JULY 24 - Thanks to a grant from the Sudbury Cultural Council, Luminarium presented its annual Cultural Community Outreach Project at Longfellow's Wayside Inn in Sudbury, MA, this summer as the inn celebrated its 300th year. The company performed outdoors on the Wayside's grounds in front of its beautiful grist mill, while viewers of all ages picnicked on the grass. Live music for voice and cello, composed by Mali Sastri of the band Jaggery, accompanied the dancers, and a new film incorporating dance and flour graced the large stone walls of the mill.
SUMMER IN THE CITY RIVERSIDE PRESS PARK, CAMBRIDGE MA
TUESDAY, JULY 19 - Luminarium returned to this year's Summer in the City series, presenting an outdoor dance performance/class combo that was fun, family-friendly, and encouraging of child participation, and included performances of three fan-favorite works under the sun.
OUTSIDE THE BOX FESTIVAL TREMONT STAGE, BOSTON MA
FRIDAY, JULY 15 - Luminarium was thrilled to be selected for this monumental Boston festival, resurrecting its 2015 work Phoenixial Cycle outdoors on the Tremont Street Stage.
6TH GALA & SHOWCASE THE ARMORY, SOMERVILLE MA
SUNDAY, JUNE 12 - Supporters joined the company as it celebrated its sixth anniversary with an evening of performances, raffles, silent auction, guest speakers, delicious dishes, and cash bar, just three days after Luminarium's momentous performance at the Boston Opera House.
DANCE FOR WORLD COMMUNITY FESTIVAL CAMBRIDGE MA
SATURDAY, JUNE 11 - Luminarium was proud to perform in this annual festival hosted by Jose Mateo's Ballet Theatre of Boston.
TEDxCAMBRIDGE BOSTON OPERA HOUSE, BOSTON MA
THURSDAY, JUNE 9 - In February 2016, Luminarium was commissioned to create a new work as the sole opening act for the prestigious TEDxCambridge, performing in one of Boston's most noteworthy theaters (and home of Boston Ballet), the Boston Opera House. The new work, co-choreographed by Guerra and Holman, featured the full company, along with imagery projected across a 50-foot screen created by animation artist Samo. The event was the single largest TED Talks event in the world, with an audience of 2,600. Luminarium was honored and humbled to have been hand-selected for this position from the wealth of options comprising Boston's vibrant performing arts scene.
OUT METROWEST FRAMINGHAM, NEWTON, WELLESLEY MA
APRIL 11 & MAY 25 - Luminarium's Arts in Action project is an annual initiative that strives to bring custom performing arts experiences to youth in need, for free. In the spring of 2016, we brought our annual project to OUT MetroWest, a service organization for LGBTQ middle and high school students providing programming, education and advocacy. We created workshops based on the criteria that the content was beneficial to the teens—in this case focusing on trust-building, storytelling, and physical expression. The experience was powerful for all, giving 50 enthusiastic and brave participants an outlet to utilize dance as an expressive tool with which to share their stories.
IF NOT YOU, WHO? MULTICULTURAL ARTS CENTER
FRIDAY, MARCH 25 - The company was eager to participate in a fundraising performance for the Multicultural Arts Center in Cambridge, showing its 2015 trio Getting There is Half the Battle.
WINTER ARTS FUSICAL THE ARMORY, SOMERVILLE MA
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26 - Luminarium performed to rave reviews at the first-ever Winter Arts Fusical, hosted by The Arts Fuse.
LCC 2016 STATEWIDE ASSEMBLY STATE HOUSE, BOSTON MA
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10 - On Wednesday, February 10, 2016, Luminarium had the honor of performing in one of the most important buildings in Massachusetts: The State House. The company presented its work at the Local Cultural Council (LCC) 2016 Statewide Assembly, celebrating the LCC program. As a regular recipient of LCC grants, and a 2015 winner of the Massachusetts Cultural Council's (MCC) Gold Star Award, Luminarium was invited by the MCC to join its staff and prominent state legislators at the State House in Boston for this private biennual event. LCC volunteers from across the Commonwealth gathered at the capitol to explore arts and culture beyond their individual perspectives, connecting with community leaders and legislators to discuss the impact of projects that build creative communities through the arts. Luminarium Artistic Director Merli V. Guerra was additionally invited by the MCC to speak on a panel at the event alongside distinguished arts colleagues Ben Taylor (musician), Scarlet Keys (Associate Professor, Berklee College of Music), and keynote speaker Sally Taylor (musician and founder of Consenses). View photos of the event here.
RETURN TO ORG! OBERON, CAMBRIDGE MA
THURSDAY, JANUARY 7 - After a two year hiatus, ORG—the multi-performer, multimedia variety show bringing together local (and beyond) performing and visual artists—returned to Oberon in full tilt. Return to Org! was a wholly locally grown affair, with Boston-based performers filling both acts. Featuring: LIVE MUSIC: including the infectious folk-swing of As The Sparrow and the dark, avant elegance of Jaggery (who released a new video as part of the program); DANCE: the striking Luminarium Dance Company; FILM: animated shorts curated by experimental filmmaker Bryan Papciack; THEATER: Veronica Barron; and LIVE ART: Kristilyn Stevenson.
FILAMENT: LUMINARIUM'S 5-YEAR RETROSPECTIVE OBERON
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17 - The hottest night of the season, a packed audience toasted Luminarium’s five years while enjoying company favorites from FRACTURE, Y.E.S., MYTHOS:PATHOS, Secrets & Motion, and The Sleeprunner, chosen by the fans.
AMHERST STORYBOOK PROJECT ERIC CARLE MUSEUM
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 8 - Luminarium debuted its season-long project with the Amherst community with two family-friendly performances and Q&A in the museum theater for a gathering of 150 guests and participants. The event also marked the book launch of the Amherst Storybook Project—Luminarium and Merli V. Guerra's first self-published book. Learn more and purchase the book here.
SPEKTREL MULTICULTURAL ARTS CENTER, CAMBRIDGE MA
OCTOBER 27 . 29 . 30 . 31 - Hailed as "spectacular" and leaving viewers "speechless," Luminarium's 2015 feature production highlighted four new works with otherworldly shadows, light play, and colorful abandon.
ONE-MINUTE SOLOS MOBIUS, CAMBRIDGE MA
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 - Luminarium returned to Mobius, this time as part of its evening of one-minute solos. Luminarium director Merli V. Guerra presented her solo Left is Loss to three packed audiences—originally created for the company's 2013 Season feature production Secrets & Motion.
24-HOUR CHOREOFEST DANCE COMPLEX, CAMBRIDGE MA
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 - Each season, Luminarium locks local companies into Cambridge's historic Dance Complex overnight to create adrenaline-charged new works, shown the following day (Saturday, September 5) in two professional matinee shows. For 2015, Luminarium, Monkeyhouse, and Paradise Lost joined forces to create an epic new work, alongside fellow choreographers and companies Impact Dance Company; Nicole Laliberte; Jennifer Roberts and Jess Chang; Ryan P. Casey; and OnStage Dance Company.
WISCASSET ART WALK WISCASSET ME
THURSDAY, AUGUST 27 - Luminarium returned to Wiscasset, ME, for the art- and music-filled Wiscasset Art Walk. Passersby joined the company as its dancers wandered the coastal galleries, cafes, and artisanal shops.
SUMMER COSPLAY CELEBRATION SOMERVILLE MA
AUGUST 1 - For this video game-inspired event, Luminarium presented Accelero—a combination of technology and choreography, with the results projected onto a screen behind the dancers. The custom interface was designed specifically for this new collaborative work, with choreographer Merli V. Guerra and media designer John Guerra, who found a way to communicate between a wii remote’s accelerometer and the Unity game engine to translate the dancers’ movements into visual display. The end result was an explosive duet onstage and onscreen that received cheers from the crowd.
SUMMER IN THE CITY BERGIN PARK, CAMBRIDGE MA
TUESDAY, JULY 21 - Luminarium was invited to perform in Bergin Park (Cambridge MA) for Summer in the City. The company presented an outdoor performance/class combo that was fun, family-friendly, and encouraged child participation, all while enjoying company favorites performed under the sun.
SOUTHERN VERMONT DANCE FESTIVAL BRATTLEBORO VT
FRIDAY, JULY 17 - Luminarium made its Vermont debut, performing in the prestigious Friday night Gala performance of this exciting festival. Audiences at Latchis Theatre enjoyed Luminarium's quirky duet Idle Reverie alongside professional companies from across New England.
LUMINARIUM 5-YEAR GALA & SHOWCASE SOMERVILLE MA
SUNDAY, JUNE 21 - Supporters and company celebrated Luminarium's five impressive years in the Boston dance community at its largest Gala & Showcase to date. The company formally received its 2015 Gold Star Award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council for its 2014 project Night at the Tower. With food, auctions, raffles, cash bar, guest speeches, and live performances by the company, this was a summer evening to remember.
DANCE FOR WORLD COMMUNITY FESTIVAL CAMBRIDGE MA
SATURDAY, JUNE 13 - Luminarium participated for the 5th time in this annual festival, performing repertory favorites Idle Reverie and The Paint Piece in the Sanctuary Theater.
DANCE+BUGS ERIC CARLE MUSEUM, AMHERST MA
SATURDAY, JUNE 6 - Visitors joined the Eric Carle Museum in beautiful Amherst to celebrate its annual Storybook Festival. As an added treat for children, Luminarium introduced a new class to its DANCE+ Series: DANCE+Bugs! Participants wriggled, wiggled, crawled, and flew in this fun new program, commissioned by the Eric Carle Museum.
DANCE MUSEUM UNION SQUARE, SOMERVILLE MA
MAY 30 - Calamity Co. Dance teamed up with the Somerville Arts Council to put together its second Dance Museum, this one in Union Square as part of the UnionArts initiative. Viewers enjoyed a free outdoor dance installation featuring members of Luminarium Dance Company and other local artists.
ESPECIALLY FOR ME! THE DISCOVERY MUSEUMS, ACTON MA
MAY 16 - A free evening for families with children with a visual impairment, Especially for Me! offered visitors of all ages an opportunity to interact with museum exhibits along with a special version of Luminarium's DANCE+Technology class. Participants could hear when then twirled, jumped, or simply lifted an arm as Aristic Directors Merli V. Guerra and Kimberleigh A. Holman guided them through a series of movement exercises through a light sensor installation that triggers an array of musical chords and melodies created by Ed Bokhour.
DANCE+ SERIES HYDE PARK, BOSTON MA
APRIL 23 & 24 - Luminarium's 2015 Arts in Action Project brought the company's DANCE+ Series to Aashka Dance in Hyde Park—giving 65 children from Hyde Park, Dorchester, Mattapan, Roslindale, and Roxbury free arts programming for two days.
GLOVEBOX FILM FESTIVAL BRATTLE THEATRE, CAMBRIDGE MA
JANUARY 25 - Luminarium was honored to be a part of the 2015 Glovebox Short Film & Animation Festival at the historic Brattle Theatre in Cambridge MA. Two of Luminarium's 2013 films (Guerra's Threading Motion Project: Quilt Vignettes and The One I Keep) were selected for this prestigious festival.
SHINE THE LIGHT FESTIVAL TEMPLE SHALOM, NEWTON MA
DECEMBER 14 - Inspired by the beautiful stained glass windows in Temple Shalom's sanctuary in Newton, the The Open Your Eyes Fund brought to Newton a series of explorations designed to discover the beauty and power of light. Beginning in the spring of 2014 with a special tour at the Museum of Fine Arts, Temple Shalom offered an array of opportunities for members of all ages to learn about and experience the power of light. The series culminated with the Shine the Light Festival, featuring a class and performance by Luminarium Dance, alongside other local artists in this celebration of the arts and the power of light in December 2014.
TRILL LAUNCH PARTY LE LABORATOIRE, CAMBRIDGE MA
DECEMBER 10 - Luminarium was thrilled to be a part of the grand unveiling of Trill, a new performing arts app and website that features the best of live performance, hand-picked by curators in each field. Alongside local talent such as avant pop band Jaggery, and violinist Sarah Darling (A Far Cry), the company was honored to perform in this celebration of Trill.
THE SLEEPRUNNER MULTICULTURAL ARTS CENTER
DECEMBER 5, 6, 12, 13 - Luminarium’s largest production of the 2014 Season kicked off with one full and three sold-out shows during its two-weekend debut run in the Boston region. The production took place at the beautiful and historic Multicultural Arts Center, highlighting the company's signature imaginative choreography, lighting, and scenic design, while complementing the caliber of its past feature productions Mythos:Pathos (2012) and Secrets & Motion (2013).
NIGHT AT THE TOWER PARK CIRCLE, ARLINGTON MA
SEPTEMBER 7 - Thanks to grants from the Arlington Cultural Council and Bob Jolly Charitable Trust, Luminarium Dance Company debuted a one-night-only evening of dance, art, and 60-foot high video projections held at the historic water tower of Arlington Heights (Arlington MA). Free and open to all ages, Night at the Tower turned Arlington's water tower into a breathing work of art, while accentuating the wondrous architecture of this historic local landmark.
WISCASSET ART WALK WISCASSET ME
AUGUST 28 - If ever you have the opportunity, take a stroll through Wiscasset Village during one of its summer art walks and enjoy the festive atmosphere. Blue and green balloons bob from store fronts on either side of Main Street. Wonderful sights, sounds, and pleasant surprises await you. Park your car and follow the balloons into the art galleries, artists’ studios, unique boutiques, antique shops, coffee shops, restaurants, and historic sites along Main Street. An added treat: Musicians can be found playing in various galleries, and new in 2014, Luminarium Dance Company performed a traveling new work through the streets, galleries, and piers of this beautiful town. Click here to view Wiscasset Newspaper's footage of Luminarium dancing in the streets.
ART CITY CAMBRIDGE HARVARD SQUARE, CAMBRIDGE MA
AUGUST 16 - Luminarium was happy to join Art City Cambridge's inaugural Dance Museum, performing outdoors in Harvard Square at Winthrop Park. The company performed an excerpt from its newest work, followed by an hour of interactive improv games around the park.
24-HOUR CHOREOFEST DANCE COMPLEX, CAMBRIDGE MA
AUGUST 9 - Year three of this crazy overnight festival showcased Boston’s bravest choreographers and companies at the Dance Complex, Cambridge MA. This all-night festival began at 8pm Friday, August 8th, with a live video feed of the creative process unfolding online overnight for the community's viewing pleasure. Public performances featuring the new works took place the following day on Saturday, August 9 at 2pm and 4pm. Our 2014 participants embodied a thrilling variety of styles ranging from burlesque to Vaudeville, and contemporary to Jamaican folk dance, including Vanessa White with Lipstick Criminals, Karen Krolak with Monkeyhouse, Moving Target (led by Sarah Mae Gibbons), Stefanie D. Belnavis, CHIFFEROBE's TropiGals, and of course, Luminarium Dance Company.
NATIONAL DANCE DAY HYDE PARK BRANCH LIBRARY
JULY 26 - Luminarium Dance Company offered a free hour-long workshop to celebrate National Dance Day. Artistic Directors Merli V. Guerra and Kimberleigh A. Holman led a class that merged dance and movement with hands-on lighting elements. Kids moved their bodies while experimenting with light; from handheld to projectors! The class took place in Weld Hall, at the Hyde Park Branch of the Boston Public Library, geared towards ages 6-12. This event was co-sponsored by Luminarium Dance and Artists-at-Large, Inc.
ARTBEAT FESTIVAL SOMERVILLE THEATRE, SOMERVILLE MA
JULY 19 - ArtBeat is one of the area's largest and most innovative arts festivals, with over a dozen bands, dance troupes, 75 craft vendors, food, and "hatch-themed" activities. Luminarium was thrilled to bring some of its most popular repertory to ArtBeat 2014: its acclaimed Mythos:Pathos production, on tour.
LUMINARIUM GALA & SHOWCASE ARMORY, SOMERVILLE MA
JUNE 22 - Luminarium Dance Company was proud to host its 4th Anniversary Gala & Showcase, celebrating four successful years in the Boston dance community among friends and supporters old and new. The evening featured a delicious spread from local establishments, speeches from artistic collaborators, a silent auction boasting more than 30 items, and exclusive 2014 Season announcements. Guests enjoyed live performances of favorite Luminarium repertory, as well as footage and sneak peeks of the company’s latest works and projects, while taking in the beautiful Armory space.
DANCE FOR WORLD COMMUNITY FESTIVAL CAMBRIDGE MA
JUNE 14 - More than 100 dance groups, instructors, and social service agencies came together for José Mateo Ballet Theatre's 6th Annual Dance for World Community Festival Weekend, an indoor/outdoor celebration offering free dance performances, classes and events in Harvard Square. Luminarium was pleased to make Dance for World Community Festival a stop on its Mythos:Pathos tour, performing excerpts inside the beautiful Sanctuary Theater.
HEART & SOLE REGENT THEATRE, ARLINGTON MA
MAY 18 - In celebration of Spring, professional dancers from around Boston partnered up for a special evening of dance at Arlington’s historic Regent Theatre. From jazz, modern and flamenco to tap, ballet and Latin fusion, these talented twosomes shared the passion for dance that lives in their hearts and in their soles! Performers included tap dancers Suzanne Bouffard and Kelly Kaleta; the always humorous Monkeyhouse; musical theater dance maven Rachel Bertone; the stylish salsa of Mariale Dance Fusion; the innovative Luminarium Dance Company; and many more... An evening of engaging, entertaining & diverse duets curated by nationally recognized, 6’8” Dorrance Dance hoofer Ryan P. Casey.
DANCE+ SERIES ARMORY, SOMERVILLE MA
APRIL 5, 12, 19, 26 - Luminarium’s debut DANCE+ Series (Luminarium's 2014 Arts in Action Project) offered local residents an engaging, family-friendly class each Saturday in April at the Armory in Somerville, exploring weekly themes of dance intersecting other fields: Technology, Science, Music, and Light. Free and open to ages 3-12, these classes were extremely well-received, and were presented by Luminarium Dance Company and the Center for Arts at the Armory.
MYTHOS:PATHOS TOUR LAUNCH CONCORD MA
MARCH 20 - At the start of 2014, Luminarium offered schools and festivals the opportunity to showcase the company's popular 2012 production Mythos:Pathos—telling the stories of Greek mythology through dance. The local tour launched at Concord-Carlisle High School where students studying literature, mythology, and ancient Greek history were treated to a 40-minute version of the production followed by a Q&A that lasted an impressive 45 minutes discussing the works and the students' thoughts, sparked by merging arts and education.
THIRD LIFE CHOREOGRAPHERS SHOWCASE SOMERVILLE MA
FEBRUARY 28 - The Third Life Studio Choreographers Series in Union Square, Somerville, is a delight. Now a monthly Friday night event, it is the recent brainchild of choreographer/dance activist Kelley Donovan. Audience members can park across the street at Citizens Bank before searching for a casually painted door at 33 Union Square. Waiting in a tiny hallway for tickets, greeting other dance theatregoers, and watching the action from an intimate seating area are also part of the fun. Luminarium presented its work For You, I alongside six other local talented choreographers at the February 2014 performance.
GREEN STREET STUDIOS FUNDRAISER CAMBRIDGE MA
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6 & SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7 - As an avid supporter of Green Street Studios, Luminarium was proud to present its work in Green Street's Fundraiser Performance. Audiences enjoyed an evening of local companies showcasing their best, while supporting this important organization.
SECRETS & MOTION BOSTON UNIVERSITY DANCE THEATER
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1 & SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2 - Two full, enthusiastic audiences joined us for the remount of this breath-taking production. Described by one critic as "a powerful play on poetry in motion and the mysteries hidden in the light and dark" (NE Theatre Geek), Secrets & Motion combines dance, light, and text to create a performance riddled with contemplative thought, and a little humor. Collaborating with photographer Larry Pratt and installation artist Hannah Verlin, Luminarium presented viewers with an evening deeply rooted in the secrets we keep, share, and dismantle.
FINE ARTS CENTER AMHERST MA
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3 - Luminarium was thrilled when invited to present three of its works and one film series at the UMass Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, as we joined the ranks of its prestigious professional dance series, while opening for Time Lapse Dance.
SECRETS & MOTION ARMORY, SOMERVILLE MA
AUGUST 13, 14, 15 - All three debut performances of Secrets & Motion brought a sold-out audience to the Armory. The production turned the Armory into breathing work of art, showcasing a 20-foot installation, photo gallery, and 7 new works by Guerra and Holman.
24-HOUR CHOREOFEST DANCE COMPLEX, CAMBRIDGE MA
AUGUST 16 - 17 - 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. 2013 ChoreoFest participants included: Monkeyhouse, Intimations, Impact Dance, Paradise Lost, and Ryan P. Casey.
BOSTON SUMMER ARTS WEEKEND COPLEY SQ, BOSTON MA
JULY 28 - Luminarium enjoyed returning to the second annual Boston Summer Arts Weekend in Boston's Copley Square. The company presented Luminarium favorite It was 4am..., Mythos:Pathos's Of good, evil; and remounted one of the company's founding works from 2010 Everything But Blue.
FOREST HILLS LANTERN FESTIVAL JAMAICA PLAIN MA
JULY 18 - The company presented an early rendition of its new work Hush at the 15th Annual Forest Hills Lantern Festival, held on the cemetery grounds. Dancers performed excerpts of the work, while also creatively (and humorously) interacting with children and families attending the event, while dancing inside 3x3' lantern-inspired boxes amidst the tombstones.
YEAR 3 GALA & SHOWCASE ARMORY, SOMERVILLE MA
JUNE 23 - Luminarium celebrated its third anniversary surrounded by friends, fans, and supporters. Beautiful speeches were delivered by Pam Weeks (NE Quilt Museum), Mayra Howard (Young At Arts), Julia E. Wagner (collaborating artist), Justyne Griffin (collaborating composer), and Monkeyhouse.
DANCE FOR WORLD COMMUNITY FESTIVAL CAMBRIDGE MA
JUNE 9 - Performed our ever-popular Prometheus at Jose Mateo's Dance for World Community Festival.
COGDESIGN'S SPRING GARDEN FEST WALTHAM MA
MAY 18 - Luminarium performers and several brightly colored umbrellas danced through the Nursery Gardens of COGdesign, a local landscape design nonprofit organization. The company collaborated with jazz trumpet and bass duo Jenn Allen and Christos Zevos as part of the annual Spring Garden Fest celebration and fundraiser.
MILESTONES: TEXTILES OF TRANSITION SAN JOSE CA
MAY 8-JULY 21 - West Coast launch of the bi-coastal debut of Luminarium’s Threading Motion Project, featuring Guerra’s dance-on-camera film series Quilt Vignettes. Invited for display in this contemporary exhibition at the oldest quilt museum in America, the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles.
JAZZ WEEK BOSTON HYDE PARK LIBRARY, BOSTON MA
MAY 2 - Luminarium Artistic Director Kimberleigh A. Holman collaborated with trumpeter and sound artist Forbes Graham in a performance at the Hyde Park Library in celebration of Jazz Week Boston. The duo explored tone, space and movement through a continuous hour of performance. (Presented by Artists-at-Large, Inc. and the Hyde Park Branch of the Boston Public Library.)
SILK! NEW ENGLAND QUILT MUSEUM, LOWELL MA
APRIL 20 & 27 - East Coast launch of the bi-coastal debut of Luminarium’s Threading Motion Project, featuring Guerra's dance-on-camera film series Quilt Vignettes, on display and created in collaboration with the NEQM’s exhibition Silk!, and Holman's live performance trio, weaving 60 feet of silk through the museum, to the sounds of live poetry and original music by trumpet / bass duo Jenn Allen and Christos Zevos.
TINDERBOX SERIES MOBIUS, CAMBRIDGE MA
APRIL - Luminarium was selected to present a preview performance of the Threading Motion Project, including live performances of Cynthia Star and Spinal, alongside five of the six final films from the "Quilt Vignettes" Film Series. The company also debuted a solo rendition of the live performance to take place at the NE Quilt Museum a few weeks later, combining live music, dance, and poetry.
AGAINST THE ODDS FESTIVAL SPRINGSTEP, MEDFORD MA
MARCH 28 - Invited to present Andromeda and Hubris at this annual festival hosted by Monkeyhouse Dance.
MYTHOS:PATHOS A.R.T.'S OBERON, CAMBRIDGE MA
NOVEMBER 29 - The culminating finale performance of the Mythos:Pathos project (which expanded over time, allowing audiences to view its progress from summer to late fall of 2012) was performed at American Repertory Theater's prestigious OBERON theater. The show utilized nontraditional lighting, while showcasing a contemporary take on Greek mythology.
CONSCIENTIZAÇAO FORD HALL, ITHACA COLLEGE NY
OCTOBER - The company enjoyed an exciting roadtrip and dance adventure when it was invited to create a commissioned choreographic work alongside composer Justyne Griffin. Themed in feudal revolution, the new work was performed with a live chamber orchestra of 26 musicians in Ithaca’s beautiful Ford Hall.
TEXT & CONTEXT SERIES ARSENAL CENTER FOR THE ARTS
SEPTEMBER - Guerra and Holman were invited to kick off the season's Text & conText Artist Series by speaking about their careers in the arts, covering a body of work from 2008 to present.
COGDESIGN'S GARDENS & HEALING EVENT ARLINGTON MA
SEPTEMBER 19 - To commemorate the unveiling of a newly completed garden at the Children's Room, in Arlington, MA, the company inhabited the green space in a living representation of grief and the healing process.
MYTHOS:PATHOS ARSENAL CENTER FOR THE ARTS
SEPTEMBER - The company presented an expanded version of the production in Watertown, which included a series of light-based artworks welcoming guests as they entered the building.
MYTHOS:PATHOS ARMORY, SOMERVILLE MA
AUGUST - Our debut performances of Mythos:Pathos were a big hit in Somerville... Nearly all of the audience members returned to see the show in Watertown later that summer, or at OBERON in November!
24-HOUR CHOREOFEST DANCE COMPLEX, CAMBRIDGE MA
AUGUST - 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 two performances the following evening. Viewers are encouraged to watch the process unfold via live stream online throughout the 24-hour period. 2012 participants included: Monkeyhouse, 1000 Virtues Dance, Sarah Mae Gibbons & Renee Amirault, Kate Ladenheim, and the Synthesis Aesthetics Project. All profits from the inaugural 2012 performance were donated to Young At Arts, an arts-based charity in South Boston MA.
SOMERVILLE DANCE FESTIVAL UNION SQ, SOMERVILLE MA
JULY - Giving local audiences a second sneak preview of Mythos:Pathos, the company presented Andromeda, as part of this outdoor evening festival combining video projection and live performance.
ARTBEAT FESTIVAL DAVIS SQ, SOMERVILLE MA
JULY - A beautiful event! Luminarium was the sole dance company to perform outdoors at night during the festival. Presented three creatively-lit pieces in the dark, including Andromeda, Agonia, and It was 4am...
BOSTON SUMMER ARTS WEEKEND COPLEY SQ, BOSTON MA
JULY - Invited to perform at this exciting inaugural event, hosted by ArtsBoston, Citizen’s Bank, WGBH and the Boston Globe.
DANCE FOR WORLD COMMUNITY FESTIVAL CAMBRIDGE MA
JUNE - Luminarium was chosen to perform in the beautiful Sanctuary Theater at Jose Mateo's Dance for World Community Festival. We also participated in Advocacy Lane.
CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION ORCHARD HOUSE, CONCORD MA
MAY - Invited to present new work entitled the Celebration of Preservation Project in honor of the museum’s centennial anniversary. The company performed outdoors on the lawn for three moved crowds, ranging from children to elders, art enthusiasts to passersby. Funded in part by the Concord Cultural Council.
HATCH PRESENTING SERIES JENNIFER MULLER, NYC
MAY - Selected to present Guerra’s dance-on-camera / live-performance piece What seems so is transition (live) as part of Jennifer Muller / The Work's Hatch Presenting Series in NYC.
Y.E.S. GREEN STREET STUDIOS
November 4 & 5 - Green Street Studios of Cambridge MA invited Luminarium to produce a two-night show in its theatre in Central Square. Luminarium was pleased to present its Year End Show ("Y.E.S.") at Green Street, in which the company presented new work performed at the Seacoast Fringe Festival four weeks earlier, as well as some of the Season's favorite choreography. A beautiful, humorous, and introspective two-night performance featuring the full company.
MEMENTO MORI MOBIUS, CAMBRIDGE MA
October 19 - 23 - Luminarium was selected to present two dance pieces and one artistic film at the Mobius Alternative Arts Space in its Memento Mori exhibit in late October. The company was even asked to present a third piece spontaneously on the night of the event. For photos, video, and thoughts, kindly visit our blog post HERE.
SEACOAST FRINGE FESTIVAL PORTSMOUTH NH
October 8 & 9 - Luminarium began the second half of its 2011 Season performing in this exciting Columbus Day Weekend festival. The company brought with it an hour-long show premiering two new pieces and revisiting the Season's strongest repertory. Saturday 10/8 at 8pm in the South Church, and Sunday 10/9 at 6pm in Temple Israel. Visit the festival site for more details on this fun annual event! www.seacoastfringefestival.com
SPONSOR BENEFIT GALA AKA BISTRO, LINCOLN MA
June 26 - Over 50 sponsors, patrons, artists and community members joined us for our first Sponsor Benefit Gala: an evening of fine dining and the One Year Anniversary of Luminarium! Held at Lincoln's French and Japanese cuisine AKA Bistro, the night provided sponsors with the chance to mingle with Luminarium's choreographers and performers. Guests met the company, while enjoying live jazz, delicious hors-d'oeuvres and catching a glimpse of our year's work as we projected footage of our shows and events onto a central screen.
IN SYNC / SAMBANDH EASTHAMPTON MA
June 18 - A Japan Fundraiser. Luminarium was invited to perform with Nataraj Dancers to support those affected by the devastation in Japan. Japanese and Indian musicians came together with Nataraj Dancers and Luminarium Dance Company to perform in a celebration of dance, art and culture! June 18, 7:00pm at the Williston Theatre in the Williston Northampton School in Easthampton MA.
DANCE FOR WORLD COMMUNITY FESTIVAL CAMBRIDGE MA
June 11 - Luminarium was chosen to perform on the beautiful outdoor mainstage at Jose Mateo's Dance for World Community Festival. We also participated in Advocacy Way: a street devoted to dance-related information booths, where we spoke with viewers and dancers about our company and the Boston dance scene as a whole.
LEAP CAMBRIDGE MA
May 27 - In December of 2010, Luminarium received the President's Innovation Fund through the Boys & Girls Club of Boston. The company spent months working with students through a series of master classes, rehearsals and workshops on art, dance and choreography over the course of the semester. The 'Performing Arts Project' culminated in May with a performance at the Cambridge Family YMCA Theatre. This collaboration marked the beginning of Luminarium's community outreach program LEAP: Leading & Engaging Artistic Pursuits. View an in depth blog entry chronicalling the event HERE.
MHC COMMENCEMENT CONCERT SOUTH HADLEY MA
May 21 - In 2010, Luminarium received an honorarium to begin its 2011 Spring Tour by presenting its newest piece 'you have hands, too?' at Mount Holyoke College's Commencement Concert, commemorating present and past graduates of dance.
KICKSTARTER COUNTDOWN CAMBRIDGE MA
April 22 - Kickstarter Countdown & World Premiere! Donors and friends joined us to celebrate the last hours of our kickstarter campaign. Plus, as an added bonus...having surpassed our goal of $2,000, we presented our dance-on-camera film 'Everything But Blue.' It was an upbeat and exciting night as we ended our campaign.
MHC ARTS CAREER DAY SOUTH HADLEY MA
March 5 - Co-Founders Merli V. Guerra and Kimberleigh A. Holman were invited to speak at Mount Holyoke College's first Arts Career Day. Students were given the opportunity to hear alumnae speak about the possibilities of a career in the arts after college. To read a review of the event, please view: mtholyoke.edu/news/stories/5682741
MOVEMENT AT THE MILLS BOSTON CENTER FOR THE ARTS
March 4 - Luminarium Dance Company was chosen to perform in Boston Center for the Arts' Movement at the Mills on March 4th, featuring "three prominent Boston dance companies."
FRACTURE DANCE COMPLEX, CAMBRIDGE MA
October 8 & 9 - FRACTURE: With fractured light comes self and shadow. Luminarium's debut performance, featuring five new work and one film, was held at the Dance Complex in Cambridge, MA. View photos HERE, or check out the review!
Photos on this page by: Kristophe Diaz, Ryan Carollo, Jim Coleman, Kimberleigh A. Holman, Merli V. Guerra, Fred Langa, Michelle Boule, Steph Hodge, Liza Voll, and others.