Portal: Stories from the Edge

by Kim Holman
(Boston, MA)

This November, venture through Portal: Stories from the Edge, Luminarium Dance Company’s newest feature production that ignites the company’s signature imaginative choreography and theatricality. Hailed as "revolutionary" (Glenn Williams, BNN), Luminarium is now at the height of its sixth season in Boston.

Portal is an evening of vibrant storytelling and experience that provides entry to five unique worlds of dance. Created by Artistic Directors Merli V. Guerra and Kimberleigh A. Holman, the five stand-alone new works will have audiences jumping down the proverbial rabbit hole, exploring metaphor and labyrinth, examining and observing the inconsistencies of human relationship, and wandering through the pages of history. ​ In addition to four new concert dance works, audiences can revel in the excitement of the company’s recent world premiere at the Boston Opera House. Originally commissioned by TEDxCambridge to open the largest TED event in the world this past June, this vigorous and dynamic octet will be shown for the last time in its current state, a true highlight of Luminarium’s 2016 Season.

In addition to its vibrant visual persona, Portal boasts a strong musical presence. For its TEDxCambridge piece, Guerra and Holman collaborated with composer Christos Zevos to create a work that provided both environment and electronic drive. Accompanying rabbit hole cycles is a composition of performer sounds, manipulated rehearsal recordings, and toy piano, crafted from scratch by Holman. For the history piece, Guerra collaborated with singer/song-writer Mali Sastri of the Boston-based band Jaggery to create a piece for voice and cello which will be performed live at this production.

Portal: Stories from the Edge will be performed November 11 and 12 at 8 pm, at the Boston University Dance Theater in Boston.  Please join the company and Artistic Directors Guerra and Holman for a talkback (moderated by Monkeyhouse’s Karen Krolak) after the show on November 11.

Tickets are $27 (general admission) and $22 (students, seniors, BDA) and can be purchased by visiting http://www.luminariumdance.org/buy-tickets. Questions about the show and requests for information should be sent to info@luminariumdance.org or 617-477-4494. For more information visit www.luminariumdance.org.

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