Luminarium Dance Company
was born as a new outlet for performing arts.
It is a think tank, a museum,
a gallery for contemporary dance
and for contemporary ideas.
Luminarium is a space
to merge dance with art, projection,
video, film, lighting design, and music.
Founded by Merli V. Guerra and Kimberleigh A. Holman in Boston in 2010, Luminarium Dance Company is an award-winning modern and contemporary dance company that is regularly hailed for its unique combination of dance and light.
Luminarium® is proud to present professional annual dance productions alongside its yearly community outreach programming. The company's 24-Hour ChoreoFest, Cultural Community Outreach Project, Arts in Action Project, and DANCE+ Series, challenge the limits of dance while enriching community: Giving choreographers a creative overnight outlet; using dance to highlight local historical and cultural landmarks; and offering underserved youth the chance to merge dance with other fields such as science, music, technology, and light.
Luminarium is more than a dance company. It was born as a new outlet for performing arts. It is a think tank, a museum, a gallery for contemporary dance and for contemporary ideas. Luminarium is a space to merge dance with art, projection, video, film, lighting design, and music, and we welcome you to join the experience. Visit luminariumdance.org to view upcoming events, performances, and classes, and contact firstname.lastname@example.org to bring the company to your organization.
IN THE PRESS
Founded by Merli V. Guerra and Kimberleigh A. Holman in Boston in 2010, Luminarium Dance Company is an award-winning contemporary dance company now in its eighth season that is regularly hailed for its unique combination of dance and light. Luminarium’s mission is two-fold, stemming from the word “luminary” (n. 1. a body that gives off light 2. sheds light on some subject or enlightens mankind). The company has performed its repertory in venues ranging from New York City to California. Key venues include: The Boston Opera House, American Repertory Theater’s OBERON, Boston Center for the Arts, Mobius Alternative Arts Space, UMass Fine Arts Center, Mount Holyoke College, Outside the Box, the WGBH Boston Summer Arts Weekend (MA); Seacoast Fringe Festival (NH); Southern Vermont Dance Festival (VT); Ithaca College, Jennifer Muller/The Works (NY/NYC); Wiscasset Art Walk (ME); the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles (CA); and Grounds For Sculpture (NJ). Guerra and Holman were praised as “unsung heroes” in the Boston arts scene, with Luminarium featured as one of ten “stellar organizations that may have slipped under your radar” in the Spring 2013 issue of Improper Bostonian magazine. In its third year, the company was invited to showcase its work at the prestigious Fine Arts Center Concert Hall (Amherst MA), whose 2013–14 professional dance series was comprised solely of nationally-recognized choreographers and companies: Kyle Abraham, Parsons Dance, Time Lapse Dance, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, and Luminarium Dance Company. The company's latest project was a commission to open TEDxCambridge—the largest TED event in the world—which debuted on June 9, 2016, at the historic Boston Opera House to an audience of 2,600.
In total, Luminarium has presented 18 major productions in addition to hosting and making guest appearances at dozens of yearly events. The company regularly conducts arts-based community outreach projects: Several for underserved youth throughout the city, including the company’s DANCE+ Series, merging dance with other fields such as science, technology, music, and light; an annual Cultural Community Outreach Project, using dance and art to highlight a local historical or cultural landmark; and produces America's only 24-Hour ChoreoFest each season, giving emerging and renowned local choreographers an opportunity to create new work overnight in a supportive and mentored environment. Luminarium is proud to support its seven company members and many guest artists who join the company from Greater Boston, while its artistic directors act as panelists, judges, and guest lecturers at colleges and art institutions throughout New England.
Hear firsthand about Luminarium's overarching mission through its two directors, Guerra and Holman, in this 2015 interview between BNN TV host Glenn Williams and the company.