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Phoenixial Cycle
(2015 – 22 min)

Built on the concept of over-extension in modern society, Phoenixial Cycle follows the stages of a woman who—like the phoenix—pushes herself to the point of burnout; only to awake, arise, and begin the pattern again. Amidst 40 yards of satin and thousands of feathers, the work transforms the space through a striking evolution of part-set/part-costume metamorphosis.

Created for Luminarium's 2015 feature production Spektrel.

Insomni
Caitlin O'Brien
   
re|connect
(2015 – 7 min)

A "duet" between a live performer and a video recording of a 4-year-old, re|connect urges viewers to slow down and remember their childhood aspirations.

Created for Luminarium's 2015 feature production Spektrel.

Insomni
Ryan Carollo
   
Accelero
(2015 – Time variable)

Accelero is an interactive performance—merging dance with live video gaming—and was created in collaboration with experienced media designer John Guerra.

Created for Penumbra:RME's 2015 Summer Cosplay Event.

Insomni
Sam Goresh, Somerville Journal
   
Insomni
(2014 – 14 min)

A solo that shifts into a quartet, Insomni follows the struggles of quieting the thoughts that keep one up at night.

One of six scenes created for Luminarium's The Sleeprunner.

Insomni
Ryan Carollo
   
Idle Reverie
(2012 – 6 min)

This quirky, edgy, and oh-so-relatable duet follows the inner musings of
what could be described as “platonic pillow talk.”

One of six scenes created for Luminarium's The Sleeprunner.

Additionally showcased in:
Amherst Storybook Project's Culminating Performance, Eric Carle Museum (2015)
Summer in the City (2015)
Southern Vermont Dance Festival's Gala Performance (2015)
Dance for World Community Festival (2015)

Idle Reverie
Ryan Carollo
   
The Woolgatherer
(2014 – 9 min)

That surreal, symbolic dream that, when we wake, we scribble down in
the hopes to better interpret with time, this trio toys with the continuous motion of time and the inevitable loss of one’s childhood.

One of six scenes created for Luminarium's The Sleeprunner.

Additionally showcased in:
Shine the Light Festival (2014)

The Woolgatherer
Ryan Carollo
   

The Paint Piece
(2014 – 6 min)

A fun and quirky work, The Paint Piece follows a young woman's attempt to dart the rain, as watercolors stream down the walls and three other dancers thwart her efforts.

Created for Luminarium's 2014 cultural community outreach production Night at the Tower.

Additionally showcased in:
Amherst Storybook Project's Culminating Performance, Eric Carle Museum (2015)
Summer in the City (2015)
Dance for World Community Festival (2015)
Shine the Light Festival (2014)

The Paint Piece
Maria Fonseca

   
Hush
(2013 – 15 min)

Inspired by haunting loss and the imagery of Japanese latern festivals, Hush sweeps the floor with ten dancers and five illuminated boxes.

Created for Luminarium's 2013 feature production Secrets & Motion

Additionally showcased in:
Fine Arts Center Concert Hall Dance Series (2013)
Forest Hills Lantern Festival (2013)

Quilt Vignettes
Ryan Carollo
   
Left is Loss
(2013 – 1 min)

A 60-second solo embodying the spoken text of poet Caryn Oppenheim.

Created for Luminarium's 2013 feature production Secrets & Motion

Additionally showcased in:
One Minute Pieces at Mobius (2015)

Left is Loss
Ryan Carollo
   
Threading Motion Project:
"Quilt Vignettes"
(2013 – 15 min)

Guerra's "Quilt Vignettes" film series was created in collaboration with the New England Quilt Museum's (NEQM) exhibition Silk!, and showcases the work of five quilters, four composers, and eight Luminarium company members.

Live performances of vignettes Spinal (shown right) and Cynthia Star have been presented at:
Kelley Donovan's Third Life Choreographers Showcase (2014)
Silk Symposium at NEQM (2013)
Opening of Silk! at NEQM (2013)
Mobius Tiderbox Series (2013)

Learn more about these films, see all six images, and view clips of the series by clicking here.

Quilt Vignettes
Merli V. Guerra
   
Conscientizaçao
(2012 – 20 min)

A commissioned choreographic work created for composer Justyne Griffin, this three-part piece for five dancers is themed in feudal revolution, and was performed at Ithaca College's Ford Hall in New York to the live accompaniment of its chamber orchestra of 26 musicians.

Suite I choreographed by Guerra.
Suites II and III choreographed by Holman.

Conscientizacao
Kimberleigh A. Holman
   
A voice without a tongue
(2012 – 7 min)

A piece using live performance and film: In this modern take on Cassandra the prophetess, a woman onstage exits through a door, only to re-emerge alongside her in the film.

Created for Luminarium's 2012 feature production Mythos:Pathos

 

Choreographed in collaboration with performer Akshaya Tucker.

A voice without a tongue
Merli V. Guerra
   
Seirēn
(2012 – 8 min)

Using creative partnering and finger lights, three pairs of dancers emerge to create the alluring, yet destructive relationships between the sailors and Sirens of Greek mythology.

Created for Luminarium's 2012 feature production Mythos:Pathos

Additionally showcased in:
Filament (2015)
Dance for World Community Festival (2015)
ArtBeat Festival (2014)

Seirēn
Kristophe Diaz
   
The passing storm (Nephelae)
(2012 – 10 min)

An interlude of fabric, video projection, and four dancers.

Created for Luminarium's 2012 feature production Mythos:Pathos

Nephelae
Jim Coleman
   
Now we are here.
(2012 – 7 min)

A soloist escapes the confines of her world, represented by a single window.

Created for Luminarium's 2012 feature production Mythos:Pathos

Co-choreographed with
Kimberleigh A. Holman.

Now we are here.
Jim Coleman
   
Andromeda
(2012 – 7 min)

Evoking constellations, this soloist performs with a geodome of lightbulbs expanding from her ribcage, controlled by a computer chip on her back. As Andromeda dances, these lights are in sync with her motions thanks to a collaboration with a lighting designer and a local visual artist.

Created for Luminarium's 2012 feature production Mythos:Pathos

Additionally showcased in:
Filament (2015)
Dance for World Community Festival (2015)
Shine the Light Festival (2014)
ArtBeat Festival (2014)
Fine Arts Center Concert Hall Dance Series (2013)
Monkeyhouse's Against the Odds Festival (2013)
ArtBeat Festival (2012)
Somerville Dance Festival (2012)

Andromeda
Julia E. Wagner
   
A Lovely Fluster
(2012 – 14 min)

Six women and one man explore the notion of “odd man out” in this piece created for WGBH and ArtsBoston’s first Boston Summer Arts Weekend.

Additionally showcased in:
Boston Summer Arts Weekend (2012)
Jose Mateo's Dance for World Community Festival (2012)

Co-choreographed with
Kimberleigh A. Holman.

A Lovely Fluster
Russell Holman
   
Celebration of Preservation Project
(2012 – 13 min)

Created through a grant from the Concord Cultural Council, this piece collaborated with Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House to present a convergence of history and dance for the museum’s Centennial Celebration.

Celebration of Preservation Project
Merli V. Guerra
   
It was 4am…
(2011 – 8 min)

A quirky piece based on the interaction of the dancers with four onstage lamps, and featuring vocal accompaniment improvised live by the performers.

Created for Luminarium's 2011 feature production Y.E.S.

Additionally presented at:
Boston Summer Arts Weekend (2013)
ArtBeat Festival (2012)

Co-choreographed with
Kimberleigh A. Holman.

It was 4am...
Steph Hodge
   
Bus Stop
(2011 – 10 min)

A piece for six humorously talented performers, Bus Stop begins as a smattering of disconnected travelers at a park bench and ends as a unified community.

Created for Luminarium's 2011 feature production Y.E.S.

Additionally presented at:
Filament (2015)
Seacoast Fringe Festival (2011)

Bus Stop
Steph Hodge
   
...for the stars
(2011 – 10 min)

Working with a grant from the Boys & Girls Club of Boston, this piece incorporates the audible and visual hopes and aspirations of underserved children, through the use of projected artwork, interviews, and the unraveling of a 15-foot-long skirt covered in colorful and creative drawings.

...for the stars
Steph Hodge
   
you have hands, too?
(2011 – 15 min)

Nine dancers explore the physical facilities we have each been granted as human beings, in a celebration of the individual body and mind.

Created for Luminarium's 2011 feature production Y.E.S.

Additionally showcased in:
Mount Holyoke College Commencement Concert (2011)
Jose Mateo's Dance for World Community Festival (2011)
Seacoast Fringe Festival (2011)

 

Co-choreographed with
Kimberleigh A. Holman.


Steph Hodge
   
Upon
(2011 – 8 min)

Part of the Upon | Within project, a two-part dance piece exploring external forces on an individual, as well as internal forces within oneself. Created for Boston Center for the Arts' Movement at the Mills. Eventually performed as a three-part suite, with you have hands, too?

Created for Luminarium's 2011 feature production Y.E.S.

Additionally showcased in:
Seacoast Fringe Festival (2011)
Movement at the Mills (2011)

Choreography for Within by
Kimberleigh A. Holman.

Upon
Steph Hodge
   
Emergence
(2011 – Time variable)

A breathing installation that emerges into a duet; features a woman clad in white, and scraps of hand-tacked fabric, exploring beams of light directed by another performer.

Created for Boston Center for the Arts' Movement at the Mills.

Emergence
Liza Voll
   
Casting Shadows, Tearing Holes
(2010 – 12 min)

An exploration of memory loss and change of self through five dancers passing a dress and the tearing of paper screens.

Created for Luminarium's debut 2010 production FRACTURE.

Additionally showcased in:
Filament (2015)
In Sync / Sambandh Japan Relief Fundraising Performance (2011)
Mobius Alternative Arts Space's Memento Mori Exhibition (2011)

Casting Shadows, Tearing Holes
Merli V. Guerra

   
When thought bubbles burst.
(2010 – 6 min)

A comedic, yet touching take on modern relationships through humorous text, audio, and duet.

Created for Luminarium's debut 2010 production FRACTURE.

When thought bubbles burst.
Christina Pong
   
What seems so is transition (live)
(2010 – 6 min)

A study of the death of a space, this piece demonstrates that what we often view as death is actually
transition. A “trio” of selves, one live, two projected, come together in this haunting piece that has been
described as a “moving painting.”

Created for Luminarium's debut 2010 production FRACTURE.

Filmed and live versions of this work have additionally been showcased in:
Jennifer Muller / The Works Hatch Presenting Series (2012)
Mobius Alternative Arts Space's Memento Mori Exhibition (2011)

What seems so is transition
Christina Pong
   
Image: Shane Godfrey  

 

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