Sunday, May 15, 2011

4 Shows. 5 Weeks. 1 Gala. Our First Spring Tour & One-Year Anniversary!!!

You read the title right; we are busy ladies and gents here at LDC as of late. Read below to learn more about latest rehearsals and upcoming events!

MHC Commencement Concert
Saturday, May 21 @ 2:00 - 3:00pm
Mount Holyoke College Studio Theatre, Kendall Hall
Tickets: FREE

Luminarium has been invited to perform in this year's Commencement Concert at Mount Holyoke College, just in time to celebrate Co-Directors Kim and Merli (and Company Member Louise)'s 2-year reunion. Has it really been two years?? This fun, upbeat concert showcases brief works by the graduating seniors, and will include a 10-minute excerpt of Luminarium's soon-to-premiere piece you have hands, too? FREE and open to the public, if you're in Western Mass and haven't had the chance to travel to Boston for a taste of our choreography, now's the best chance to check us out!

LEAP: Leading & Engaging Artistic Pursuits
Friday, May 27 @7:30pm
Cambridge Family YMCA Theatre, Central Square, Cambridge Mass
Tickets: $8 Students/Seniors; $10 General Admission

With help from the President’s Innovation Fund Grant through the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston and abundant donations from over 50 contributors, Luminarium presents LEAP, a culmination to the “Performing Arts Project” with members of the Jordan Boys & Girls Club. Join us for a night of professional and exceptional dance, as we present the full 20-minute version of you have hands, too?, as well as a dance piece set on members of the club by Kim, a violin-accompanied solo featuring artwork from the kids by Merli, our film Everything But Blue, and more. Come support young artists and professionals working together to bring dancing to all!

Dance for World Community
Saturday, June 11
Harvard Square, Cambridge Mass

The jury's still out on who will be performing in this year's Dance for World Community, hosted by Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre, but regardless of whether or not Luminarium is selected, we strongly urge everyone to attend. Imagine a full day of indoor (inside the beautiful church of BTB) and outdoor (scattered throughout the festivities of Harvard Square) dance. How can you miss it? Stay tuned to find out THIS WEEK if Luminarium will be making an appearance at this fabulous event.

IN SYNC / Sambandh (Together)
Saturday, June 18 @ 7:00pm
Williston Theatre, Easthampton Mass
Tickets: $20; 12 and under $10

For this event, Luminarium will travel to Western Mass a second time to end its Spring Tour and to join Nataraj Dancers and invited musicians to perform in a fundraiser for Japan. This performance will be a beautiful blend of Japanese koto music, classical Indian dance, traditional drums, and multimedia contemporary dance. The show is especially important to Director Merli, as she is a member of Nataraj Dancers and performed with the company in Japan in the summer of 2009. Luminarium will be presenting Casting Shadows, Tearing Holes, first presented at FRACTURE back in October. The piece deals with memory, loss and time, and can be viewed in part here:


And finally...

Sponsor Benefit Gala
Sunday, June 26 @ 6:00 - 8:00pm
AKA Bistro Restaurant, Lincoln Mass
Tickets: $45 per Adult (including one FREE drink ticket); $40 BDA Members (also including drink ticket); *A limited number of student tickets are available for $25 (no drink ticket included); FREE to all of our donors at the Community Sponsor Level or higher (including one free drink ticket).

Join us as we celebrate one full year of Luminarium at Lincoln's finest French/Japanese restaurant AKA Bistro. Enjoy free hors-d'oeuvres and a drink on us, as you mingle with company members, view footage of our past events, bid in a silent auction, and listen to sweet live jazz. Weather permitting, we will wander onto the outdoor patio, and blow out the candles to mark one year since the foundation of LDC. Please note, this event is by reservation only, so keep your eyes peeled for our soon-to-come online ticket reservation site!

Now for some giggles!

Rehearsals have been going very well as we prepare for all of the many events beginning in just 7 days! you have hands, too? is Kim and Merli's first co-choreographed piece, and we've had a lot of laughs along the way. Here are a few small clips of scenes from the piece...

So stay tuned for info on reserving tickets to our upcoming shows, and in the meantime, spread the word to your friends, family and fellow art-lovers by sending and posting a link to this blog entry, please.

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