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Amherst Storybook Project
(2015 – Children's Book)

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 Picturebook Art in Amherst, MA, to create a picturebook celebrating the town's current residents while paying homage to Amherst's deep roots in literature and children's books. The company invited the greater Amherst community of all ages to contribute to the project and to attend the culminating performance, book launch, and Q&A at the museum on November 8, 2015.

View and/or purchase the book.

 

Amherst Storybook Project

Amherst Storybook Project

Amherst Storybook Project

Amherst Storybook Project

Amherst Storybook Project

Amherst Storybook Project

Amherst Storybook Project

Amherst Storybook Project

Amherst Storybook Project

Amherst Storybook Project

Amherst Storybook Project
Merli V. Guerra

   

Night at the Tower
(2014 – 2-hour production)

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.

Night at the Tower

Night at the Tower

Night at the Tower

Night at the Tower

Night at the Tower


Night at the Tower
Maria Fonseca | Kathleen M. Fink

 

Threading Motion Project:
"Quilt Vignettes"
(2013 – 15 min per loop)

Guerra's "Quilt Vignettes" film series showcases the work of quilters Sonya Lee Barrington, Judith Content, Janet Elwin, Diane Loomis, and Bethanne Nemesh, with performances by Luminarium Dance Company, and sound composition by Peter Broderick, Guerra, Kimberleigh A. Holman, and Trevor James Walker.

View the promo video here.

Luminarium was proud to launch the bi-coastal debut of this work, with its East Coast debut at the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, MA, April 18-July 7, 2013 (in conjunction with their exhibition "Silk!" through which this project originated), and its West Coast debut at the San Jose Museum of Quilt & Textiles in San Jose, CA, May 8-July 21, 2013 (the oldest quilt museum in America).

"Quilt Vignettes" is part of Luminarium's Threading Motion Project, supported in part by a grant from the Lowell Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Special thanks to Michael Russell of Great Idea Media LCC for assisting with the filming of this work.

Quilt Vignettes: Spinal

Quilt Vignettes: Cynthia Star

Quilt Vignettes: Chinese Rose

Quilt Vignettes: Chasm

Quilt Vignettes: Gilding the Arbor
Merli V. Guerra | Kimberleigh A. Holman

   
Untitled Breathing Installation #1
(2011 – time varies)

A multi-media installation that shifts into the choreographic duet Emergence. In Guerra's first "breathing" installation, a dancer sits inside a cocoon-like nook, built from blankets and Guerra's childhood window. Surrounded by scraps of cloth, the dancers sits inside, sewing the colorful fabrics onto herself throughout the night until lured outside her home into the gallery space by a second dancer holding a light (evoking the habits of a moth to a lamp).

Created for Movement at the Mills at Boston Center for the Arts, 2011.

Untitled Breathing Installation

Untitled Breathing Installation

Untitled Breathing Installation

Untitled Breathing Installation
Liza Voll

   
Without Pause (Revisited)
(2009 – 50 min per loop)

Similar to Without Pause, Without Pause, Revisited uses original footage from the making of Synchronic. In this installation, the footage is projected onto the wedding dress worn by the performer in the projected video. Here, the footage acts as a memory, while the dress serves as a palpable connection to the two-dimensional dancer in the projected world.

Additional camera work by Ellie Radue and Samantha DeSuze. 

Without Pause (Revisited)

Without Pause (Revisited)

Without Pause (Revisited)

Without Pause (Revisited)
Merli V. Guerra

   
Color Dances
(2009 – 30 min per loop)

Color Dances is a series of outdoor video installations originally presented over the course of a few weeks.  The five pieces, Purple & Green, Red, Yellow, Blue and White, feature the abstracted motions of dancers performing varying styles. The videos are played on loop and projected onto spaces including a library, pond, and ampitheatre, combining color and movement to illuminate and emphasize architectural structures. 


Synchronic

Color Dances
Merli V. Guerra

   
Without Pause
(2009 – 50 min per loop)

A video installation, Without Pause projects original footage from the making of Synchronic onto a series of free-moving curtains.  Viewers watch and interact with the piece as their movements cause the curtains and projected footage to sway and distort in response.

Additional camera work by Ellie Radue and Samantha DeSuze.

Without Pause

Without Pause

Without Pause
Merli V. Guerra

   
Image: Liza Voll  

 

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