YEAR END APPEAL
Dear Wonderful Patron of the Arts,
We picture ourselves back in February, on the heels of our CATALYSTS showing at the Dance Complex, imagining the magic of our 10th anniversary season. Little did we know that would come quickly crashing down with the emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic. Despite the significant loss of programming, income, and morale for our milestone season, we are proud of our company’s tenacity in response to these challenges, having produced and participated in 11 major events this season spanning 5 countries; won 3 awards and received 3 grants; expanded our annual festival from local to national; and welcomed 4 new company members; all while curating and presenting our bi-weekly TEN4TEN virtual performance series April through September. For a year full of roadblocks, our reach has held strong.
In Boston, we started out the year with Artistic Director Kim Holman selected as a CATALYSTS artist-in-residence at the Dance Complex, and company members Jessica Chang, Devon Colton, Melenie Diarbekirian, Amy Mastrangelo, and Katie McGrail performing marvelously in our last Boston concert with a live audience in 2020. The company has since been participating in Anne Loyer’s Oceans of Rivers project, with Fort Point Theatre Channel and Ipswich ReCreation & Culture. Holman also won the Boston Foundation’s prestigious LAB fund in June, meaning you’ll see a greatly expanded version of her work Contradictions + Casual Self Loathing when the company returns to the stage once more in 2021.
In New Jersey, Artistic Director Merli V. Guerra began the season working with Intellectual / Developmental Disability (I/DD) self-advocates across the state in collaboration with Rutgers University and coLAB Arts for Luminarium’s 2019-20 Cultural Community Outreach Project (CCOP), which highlighted the day-to-day overlaps of I/DD and neurotypical communities. Luminarium’s Satellite Company is now underway with its 2020-21 CCOP, featuring returning performers Gabriella Ann Boes and Victoria Kreutzer alongside new company members Dane Burch, Anna Fredeen, Elizabeth Malone, and Nikola Palivoda. The immersive, yet Covid-friendly, Augmented Reality performance installation will debut at Princeton Battlefield in April 2021.
Luminarium’s screendance films continued to circle the globe this season, with Guerra’s 2019 film For you, to mentor me and 2013 The One I Keep being screened at film festivals in Resistencia, Argentina; Rome, Italy; Almada, Portugal; and Barcelona, Spain. We were thrilled when The One I Keep received the “Best Experimental” award at Europa Film Festival in March (an achievement highlighted by the Boston Globe), and ecstatic when For you, to mentor me was awarded “Best Choreography” and “Best Narrative Dance” at SounDance Film Festival in April.
In the virtual realm we also found great success. In May, we were thrilled to have Monkeyhouse co-produce a national version of Luminarium’s 24-Hour ChoreoFest, supported by their Covid Collaborations project. Not only was this year’s ChoreoFest fully virtual, but it was our largest ChoreoFest yet with four weeks of participants and guest speakers joining us from across the country. We loved seeing our supporters tune in each weekend, sending in questions and engaging in post-performance Q&As, and feeling like a community amidst the isolation.
Luminarium’s 2021 Season will be our 11th year in Boston and our 4th in Princeton, and we already have many exciting projects in the works. The company’s abundant community programs, educational workshops, and original productions rely on contributions to our Year End Appeal. It is now that we count on you, our Luminarium community, to help us stay afloat during these uncertain times, and we thank you for this annual support.
DONATE now through December 31 to Luminarium’s Year End Appeal!
As always, donations are fully tax-deductible and can be made by mail, over the phone at 617.477.4494, or online in the red box to the right. In addition to the regular benefits of donating to Luminarium Dance Company, a nonprofit organization, we are excited to share brand new prizes (below) currently available to donors only, through the end of the year.
Please consider giving a charitable gift to Luminarium this holiday season. You keep us going and we are incredibly grateful.
Stay safe, wear a (Luminarium) mask, and we look forward to seeing you virtually (and hopefully live!) in 2021.
Merli V. Guerra & Kimberleigh A. Holman
Co-Founders / Artistic Directors, Luminarium Dance Company
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2021 Season Prizes! Now through December 31, enjoy one of these unique gifts...
Photo on this page by: Kim Holman