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S E L F – P R O D U C E D   P E R F O R M A N C E S

Amherst Storybook Project – Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Amherst MA (11/2015)
            Each season, Artistic Director Merli V. Guerra leads Luminarium's annual Cultural Community Outreach             Project, which uses dance and art to highlight a local historical or cultural landmark. For its 2015 Season,             Luminarium worked in collaboration with The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA, to             create a new self-published picture book celebrating the town's current residents while paying homage to             Amherst's deep roots in literature and children's books. Luminarium invited the greater Amherst community             of all ages to contribute and to attend the project’s culminating performance in November.

Spektrel – Multicultural Arts Center, Cambridge MA (10/2015)
            Luminarium's 2015 feature production, featuring otherworldly shadows, light play, and colorful abandon.

ChoreoFest – Julie Ince Thompson Theatre, Dance Complex, Cambridge MA (9/2015)
            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 afternoon. Viewers are encouraged to watch the process unfold via live stream online throughout             the 24-hour period. 2015 participants included: Ryan P. Casey; Jess Chang and Jennifer Roberts; Impact             Dance Company; Nicole Laliberte; Monkeyhouse; OnStage Dance; and Paradise Lost. All profits to be used             in Luminarium’s 2016 season, providing free dance events for underserved communities.

The Sleeprunner – Multicultural Arts Center, Cambridge MA (12/2014)
            Luminarium's 2015 feature production, offering a full-length, continuous exploration through the world of
            dreams and set on a cast of nine. Created in collaboration with New York City costume designer
            Sueann Leung.

Night at the Tower – Arlington Reservoir, Arlington MA (9/2014)
            The first event of its kind in Arlington: A one-night-only evening of dance, art, and 60-foot high video             projections accentuating the historic water tower of Arlington Heights (Arlington MA). This project served as             Luminarium’s 2014 cultural community outreach project, created and led annually by Guerra.

ChoreoFest – Julie Ince Thompson Theatre, Dance Complex, Cambridge MA (8/2014)
            2014 participants included: Moving Target, Monkeyhouse, Stefanie D. Belnavis, Lipstick Criminals, and             Chifferobe’s TropiGals. All profits to be used in Luminarium’s 2015 season, providing free dance events for             underserved communities.

Secrets & Motion – Boston University Dance Theater, Boston MA (11/2013)
            Luminarium’s 2013 feature production, featuring installation art by local artist Hannah Verlin, and a photo             series created in collaboration with Fine Art Photographer Larry Pratt.

Secrets & Motion – Center for Arts at the Armory, Somerville MA (9/2013)
            The production’s debut performance.

ChoreoFest – Julie Ince Thompson Theatre, Dance Complex, Cambridge MA (8/2013)
            2013 participants included: Impact Dance, Intimations, Monkeyhouse, Paradise Lost, and Ryan P. Casey.
            All profits used in Luminarium’s 2014 season, providing free classes for underserved communities.

Mythos:Pathos Culminating Finale Performance – OBERON, Cambridge MA (11/2012)
            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. The show utilized nontraditional lighting,
            while showcasing a contemporary take on Greek mythology.

Mythos:Pathos – Arsenal Center for the Arts, Watertown MA (9/2012)
            Expanded performance.

Mythos:Pathos – Center for Arts at the Armory, Somerville MA (8/2012)
            Debut performance.

ChoreoFest – Julie Ince Thompson Theatre, Dance Complex, Cambridge MA (8/2012)
            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.

Y.E.S. – Green Street Studios, Cambridge MA (11/2011)
            Presented two new works in an evening-length concert including past repertory from throughout
            the season.

LEAP: Leading & Engaging Artistic Pursuits – Cambridge YMCA Theater, Cambridge MA (5/2011)
            A collaboration with the Boys & Girls Club of Boston through the President’s Innovation Fund.

FRACTURE: With fractured light comes self and shadow. – Cambridge, MA (10/2010)
            Debut of Luminarium Dance Company. Acted as Artistic Director and one of two choreographers for the
            show. Premiered three new works, combining video projection with live performance.

 

S E L E C T E D   I N V I T A T I O N A L   S H O W S ,   S C R E E N I N G S   &   E X H I B I T I O N S

One Minute Pieces – Mobius Alternative Arts Space, Cambridge MA (9/2015)
            Guerra selected to present her solo Left is Loss to three packed audiences.

Wiscasset Art Walk – Wiscasset ME (8/2014)
            Luminarium’s return to the Wiscasset Art Walk, performing in art galleries and outdoors for all ages.

Summer in the City – Bergin Park, Cambridge MA (7/2015)
            Presented an outdoor performance as part of Cambridge Arts’ Summer in the City series.

Southern Vermont Dance Festival – Latchis Theatre, Brattleboro VT (7/2015)
            Luminarium’s Vermont debut; Guerra’s duet Idle Reverie is selected for the festival’s prestigious Friday
            night Gala performance alongside select professional companies from across New England.

Dance for World Community Festival – Harvard Square, Cambridge MA (6/2011, 6/2012, 6/2013, 6/2014, 6/2015)
            Luminarium is regularly invited to present work at this annual outdoor dance festival.

Dance Museum – Union Square, Somerville MA (5/2015)
            Invited by Calamity Co. Dance and UnionArts to present new work in this outdoor interactive performance.

Glovebox Film Festival – Brattle Theatre, Cambridge MA (1/2015)
            Guerra’s two 2013 filmsThreading Motion Project: Quilt Vignettes and The One I Keep are selected for
            this prestigious festival.

Shine the Light Festival – Temple Shalom, Newton MA (12/2014)
            This festival featured a class and performance by Luminarium Dance, alongside other local artists in this
            celebration of the arts and the power of light.

Wiscasset Art Walk – Wiscasset ME (8/2014)
            Luminarium’s Maine debut, performing interactively throughout the Wiscasset Art Walk.

Art City Cambridge – Harvard Square, Cambridge MA (8/2014)
            Presented new performative and interactive work as part of this inaugural outdoor dance weekend.

ArtBeat Festival – Somerville Theatre, Somerville MA (7/2014)
            Selected to present a full hour of work as a feature company on the primary stage.

Third Life Choreographers Showcase – Third Life Studio, Somerville MA (2/2014)
            Received special invitation to present a selection of Guerra’s Quilt Vignettes, performed live with video             projection.

Time Lapse Dance – Fine Arts Center Concert Hall, Amherst MA (10/2013)
            Invited to present three of Luminarium’s works and one film series at the UMass Fine Arts Center Concert             Hall, joining the ranks of the FAC’s prestigious professional dance series, while opening for Time Lapse             Dance.

Forest Hills Lantern Festival – Forest Hills Cemetery, Jamaica Plain MA (7/2013)
            A collaboration initiated by Guerra, performing an interactive work outdoors with five dancers emerging from             three-foot white boxes, reminiscent of the Japanese lanterns launched on the water during this annual             festival. This work was an early rendition of Guerra’s feature piece Hush, which debuted later that season.

Boston Summer Arts Weekend – Copley Square, Boston MA (7/2012, 7/2013)
            Invited to perform at this inaugural event, hosted by ArtsBoston, Citizen’s Bank, WGBH, and the Boston             Globe.

Milestones: Textiles of Transition – San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, San Jose CA (5/2013 – 7/2013)
            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.

Silk! – New England Quilt Museum, Lowell MA (4/2013 – 7/2013)
            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!

Tinderbox Series – Mobius Alternative Arts Space, Cambridge MA (4/2013)
            Luminarium is 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.

Against the Odds Festival – Springstep, Medford MA (3/2013)
            Selected to present Andromeda in this annual festival hosted by Monkeyhouse Dance.

Conscientizaçao – Ford Hall, Ithaca College, Ithaca NY (10/2012)
            Invited to create a commissioned choreographic work alongside composer Justyne Griffin, themed in
            feudal revolution, and performed with a live chamber orchestra of 26 musicians in Ithaca’s Ford Hall.

Dancers Among Us – Jordan Matter Photography (8/2012)
            Featured online as one of nationally-acclaimed, NY Times best-selling author Jordan Matter's
            "Dancers Among Us" professional dancers, representing Boston MA.

Centennial Celebration – Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House, Concord MA (5/2012)
            Invited to present new work entitled the Celebration of Preservation project in honor of the museum’s
            centennial anniversary. Funded in part by the Concord Cultural Council.

Somerville Dance Festival – Union Square, Somerville MA (7/2012)
            Selected to present Andromeda, as part of this outdoor evening festival combining video projection
            and performance.

ArtBeat Festival – Davis Square, Somerville MA (7/2012)
            Luminarium selected as sole dance company to perform outdoors at night. Presented three pieces
            including Guerra’s Andromeda.

Boston Summer Arts Weekend – Copley Square, Boston MA (7/2012)
            Invited to perform at this inaugural event, hosted by ArtsBoston, Citizen’s Bank, WGBH and the
            Boston Globe.

Hatch Presenting Series – Jennifer Muller / The Works, NYC (5/2012)
            Selected to present Guerra’s dance-on-camera / live-performance piece What seems so is transition (live)
            in NYC.

Memento Mori Exhibit – Mobius Alternative Arts Space, Cambridge MA (10/2011)
            One live performance piece (Casting Shadows, Tearing Holes) and one artistic film (What seems so is
            transition
) selected for this introspective gallery exhibition exploring mortality.

Commencement Concert – Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley MA (5/2011)
            Presented an honorarium to return to Mount Holyoke and present new work in the
            Commencement Concert.

Seacoast Fringe Festival – Portsmouth, NH (10/2011)
            Invited to present a full evening of Luminarium work at two venues during this multi-day cultural arts festival.

Commencement Concert – Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley MA (5/2011)
            Presented an honorarium to return to Mount Holyoke and present new work in the Commencement
            Concert.

Movement at the Mills – Boston Center for the Arts, Boston MA (3/2011)
            Chosen to present Upon, as well as a “breathing” installation using video projection, lights, cloth and a             solo performer to produce an artistic take on cocoons and the evolution of body and thought.

Rhodywood Filmmakers Showcase – Providence RI (9/2009)
            Presented Synchronic, followed by a public Q&A session.

Five College Film Festival – Amherst MA (2/2009)
            Juried screening and public premiere of Synchronic.

 

I N V I T A T I O N A L   L E C T U R E S   &   P A N E L S

Dance Review Panel, Panelist – Cambridge Arts Council, Cambridge MA (10/2015 – 11/2015)
            Selected to serve on the Cambridge Arts Council’s Dance Review Panel, reviewing applications for the             2016 grant cycle and determining which applications would receive funding, alongside distinguished local             dance experts Jean Appolon, Brenda Divelbliss, Joe Gonzalez, and Pamela Newton.

Boston Young Alumnae Speed Networking Event, Speaker – Lenox Hotel, Boston MA (4/2014, 4/2015)
            Invited as an accomplished alum to speak as a “mentor in dance, non-profit management, and
            entrepreneurship” to 40 attendees. Both years, Guerra was the youngest Mount Holyoke graduate of the
            seven (2014) and ten (2015) alumnae mentors invited.

Dance & Multidisciplinary Arts Panel, Panelist – Somerville Arts Council, Somerville MA (10/2014 – 12/2014)
            Served on the Somerville Arts Council’s Arts & Multidisciplinary Arts Panel, reviewing applications for the
            2015 grant cycle and determining which applications would receive funding.

Breaking Barriers: (Re-Defining) Entrepreneurship Conference, Panelist – Mount Holyoke College (4/2014)
            One of four alumnae selected to speak on the Innovation in Art & Design panel at this entrepreneurship             conference. Keynote speaker: Alicia Stewart, Senior Producer of CNN’s In America.

Annual BC Showdown, Judge – Conte Forum, Boston College (4/2014)
            One of three notable Boston dance company directors invited to judge this annual dance competition,             featuring the talents of 14 student groups to a sold-out audience of 3,500. All winnings donated to charity.

Silk Symposium, Featured Artist– New England Quilt Museum, Lowell MA (4/2013)
            Invited to present the behind-the-scenes process behind the making of Guerra’s Quilt Vignettes film series.
            This lecture is part of the Fabric, Fashions & Quilts symposium series presented by the New England Quilt
            Museum and the American Textile History Museum.

text & conText Artist Series, Featured Artist – Arsenal Center for the Arts (9/2012)
            Invited to speak about Guerra's career in the arts, covering a body of work from 2008 to present.

Crafting a Life in the Arts, Panelist – Mount Holyoke College (3/2011)
            Invited as an alumna to speak on a panel about succeeding in the arts after graduating. Held at
            Mount Holyoke College’s first Arts Career Day: “Crafting a Life in the Arts,” attended by 200 eager students.

 

H O N O R S   &   A W A R D S

Council Member – Arlington Cultural Council (9/2015 – 8/2018)
            Appointed by the Arlington Board of Selectmen to serve a three-year term on the Arlington Cultural Council,             sworn in during September 2015.

Guest Choreographer – Emerson College (4/2015)
            Invited by the Board of Emerson Dance Company (of Emerson College) to set a new work on its students
            for the spring dance concert as its sole guest choreographer.

Gold Star Award – Massachusetts Cultural Council (1/2015)
            Guerra’s grant-funded community outreach project Night at the Tower (Arlington MA), Luminarium’s largest
            outdoor community event to date, is chosen as one of three projects (out of 5,000+) across the state in
            2014 for the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s prestigious Gold Star Award.  

Choreographer in Residence – Green Street Studios (9/2014)
            Invited by Artistic Director Lorraine Chapman to pilot Green Street Studios' new Choreographer in
            Residence program.

Grant Recipient – The Bob Jolly Charitable Trust (7/2014)
            New to Boston, the Bob Jolly Charitable Trust bestows select Boston theater artists and organizations with             grants for the development and presentation of new works of theater, while providing “access to,             appreciation of, education about and exposure to the work of the greater Boston theater community.” Invited             by a Trust board member as one of the first companies to apply, Luminarium received additional funding             for its production Night at the Tower, 2014’s cultural community outreach project led annually by Guerra.

LCC Grant Recipient – Arlington & Boston MA (1/2014)
            Awarded a grant through the Arlington Cultural Council (part of the MCC) for a 2014 project headed by             Guerra, and the Boston Cultural Council for Luminarium’s 2014 programming.

“Unsung Heroes” – Improper Bostonian Magazine (3/2013)
            Guerra and Holman are 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.

LCC Grant Recipient – Lowell MA (1/2013)
            Awarded a grant from the Lowell Cultural Council (part of the MCC) to go towards a collaboration headed by             Guerra between Luminarium Dance Company and the New England Quilt Museum's upcoming exhibition             "Silk."

LCC Grant Recipient – Boston, Concord, Somerville, & Watertown MA (1/2012)
            Awarded four Local Cultural Council grants through the MCC to produce new work throughout 2012.

President’s Innovation Fund – Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston (3/2011 – 5/2011)
            Luminarium Dance Company (of which Guerra is both the Co-Founder and Artistic Director) was awarded a             grant to introduce underprivileged city children to the arts through a series of workshops on visual art,             dance, film and choreography, which culminated with a community performance.

Helen Rogers Award (4/2009)
            For important contributions to the Mount Holyoke College Dance Department.

Five College Film Festival (3/2009)
            Awarded Best of Mount Holyoke, Best Dance on Camera, and Best of Festival for self-produced film             Synchronic.

The Williams Scholarship Fund (5/2005 – 5/2007)
            Received three times for continued work and dedication towards the arts.

 

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