LUMA: Art in Darkness
Thursday, February 14, 2019 || 7:30 p.m.
LUMA: An evening in the dark tells a story about light.
LUMA leaves your body in the dark and takes you out of your mind. Take the giant leap into a surreal world of light, color, and motion where thinking stops and astonishment begins. LUMA Theater is an exhilarating light spectacle that captures audiences’ imaginations by using the dark as the canvas and light as the brush to create colorful illusions by combining rhythmic gymnastics, dance, magic, puppetry, and physics with well-coordinated motion. The show features an all-female cast including Canadian gymnastics champion Melissa Staroszik and seven talented dancers.
Founded in 1996, LUMA: Art in Darkness is the preeminent illuminated production, the first of its kind to tour the U.S. now in its 22 year. The show tells a profound and moving tale about our loss of the night skies due to light pollution and the fears that humans have of darkness. The work embraces a wide variety of both low and high technology while blending circus and theater arts to create an unforgettable experience.
This internationally acclaimed production has been seen on five continents, fifteen countries and over three hundred performing art centers throughout North America. Marlin, the company’s founder, continues to be on the cutting edge of the issues of night time illumination and is a featured speaker for both TEDX and the International Dark Sky Association on the implications of our loss of darkness and the joys that can be found there. His work has inspired other performance companies to follow his lead but like any pioneer he will always be taking his audiences to places never seen before.
LUMA, who is in partnership with LUMICAN, the manufacturers of Dark Sky Friendly street lights, will be bringing a pilot program to the community so the public can have the experience of a new way to light the night while preserving their view of the stars. The evening’s production will also feature the Sky Glow Project and a lobby exhibit by the International Dark Sky Association on how to bring back the heritage that is our night skies while educating to the health hazards associated with light pollution and white LED street lighting.
Appropriate for ages 5 and older.
Free 30-minute special lecture precedes performance at 6:30 p.m. in Babka Theatre.