iLuminate Presents ARTIST OF LIGHT, 11/23-1/5
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by BWW News Desk
iLuminate Productions today announced tickets are now on sale for the world premiere of iLuminate's: Artist of Light, a live show in New York City at The Duke on 42nd Street, a New 42nd Street project on West 42nd Street. iLuminate wowed the nation with their groundbreaking light suits on America's Got Talent and then hit the road, performing for awestruck crowds around the globe. Now, they take you on a fantastical journey in their first off-Broadway show. The limited run engagement commences November 23, 2012 and runs through January 5, 2013.
Music, art, and the technological magic of iLuminate bring you a story of adventure and romance told through dance styles from contemporary to hip-hop to breaking, using the power of light.
Artist of Light tells the story of Jacob, a talented but insecure young artist who struggles to connect with the real world. He takes comfort in his magical paintbrush, which grants him the power to turn the characters of his imagination into living, breathing creatures. When a jealous bully steals the paintbrush and uses it for evil, turning Jacob's sweet creations into horrifying monsters, Jacob must face danger without the help of his miraculous tool. He fights to save his town and friends, all while knowing the paintbrush that brought him so much joy is now a weapon in the hands of a villain bent on destruction.
iLuminate founder, creative director, and software engineer, Miral Kotb, says, "We're so proud to present our very first ticketed show. Artist of Light is a fable that combines mythical elements with music, art, dance forms and the magic of iLuminate light suits. We've created an exciting story with characters our fans will fall in love with."
Justin "Kanobby" Keitt, best known as the musical director for hip-hop group sensation Far East Movement, has signed on as Musical Director for this production. Kanobby has produced songs for music icons Snoop Dogg, Quincy Jones and John Legend, and wrote the musical score for Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa's "Mac and Devin Go to High School" film.
Composer Christopher Tignor's work as a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and interactive software engineer is best known through his releases with his bands Slow Six, Wires.Under.Tension, and under his own name across six LP's and numerous compilations on the Western Vinyl and New Albion labels. As a touring musician, orchestral arranger, and Avant composer, Tignor has played venues as diverse as Carnegie Hall and the Mercury Lounge.
The creative team of "Artist of Light" includes: Miral Kotb (Director, Choreographer, Playwright); Athena S. Bienvenu (Playwright); Justin "Kanobby" Keitt (Musical Director/Composer); Christopher Tignor (Composer); John "JRock" Nelson (Choreographer, Scenic Design, Costume Design); Dario Mejia (Choreographer); and Marcus Allan Cobb (Choreographer).
The show begins previews Friday, November 23rd. Performances: Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays at 7:00pm & 9:00pm; Saturdays at 3:00pm, 7:00pm & 9:00pm; & Sundays at 3:00pm & 7:00pm. Running time is 55 minutes, no intermission.
iLuminate is an entertainment company that combines state-of-the-art technology with electrifying entertainers dancing in the dark to create the ultimate performing arts experience. Founded by dancer and software engineer Miral Kotb, iLuminate enables performers, choreographers, technicians and artistic directors to produce explosive performances with customized wireless lighting programs. The results are extraordinary effects choreographed with phenomenal dance moves that take viewers on an exhilarating ride. Since launching in 2009, iLuminate's patent-pending technology has been used in numerous performances by Grammy-winning superstars such as Chris Brown, Christina Aguilera and The Black Eyed Peas. iLuminate's first televised performance was on the BET Awards as part of Chris Brown's Michael Jackson tribute. For additional information, visit: www.iluminate.com, http://vimeo.com/43131085 and http://www.facebook.com/iLuminatedance.
The New 42nd Street: Founded in 1990, The New 42nd Street is an independent, nonprofit organization charged with long-term responsibility for seven historic theaters on 42nd Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues. In addition to running The New Victory Theater, The New 42nd Street built and operates the New 42nd Street® Studios-a ten-story building of rehearsal studios, offices and a 200-seat theater named The Duke on 42nd Street-for national and international performing arts companies. Since its opening on June 21, 2000, the New 42nd Street Studios has been fully occupied by both nonprofit and commercial theater, dance and opera companies. With these institutions and the other properties under its guardianship, The New 42nd Street plays a pivotal role in fostering the continued revival of this famous street at the Crossroads of the World.
The Duke on 42nd Street: The Duke on 42nd Street is an intimate 200-seat black box theater built and operated by The New 42nd Street. Since opening in 2000, the theater has been available on a rental basis to international and domestic nonprofit organizations to present their work. Companies that have presented at The Duke on 42nd Street theater include: Theatre for a New Audience; Playwrights Horizons; Lincoln Center Great Performers; Transport Group Theatre Company; The NYC Tap Festival; and 92nd Street Y's Harkness Dance Project. In October 2008, Lincoln Center Theater launched "LCT3" at The Duke on 42nd Street. In 2012, the American premiere of The Royal Court Theatre's Olivier Award-winning play, Cock, was presented by Stuart Thompson, Jean Doumanian and The Royal Court Theatre. New 42nd Street presentations at The Duke on 42nd Street have included: Karole Amitage's Armitage Gone! Dance; Chicago Shakespeare Theater's Rose Rage; Naked Angels and Dan Klores's Armed and Naked in America; and Classical Theater of Harlem's production of Langston Hughes's Black Nativity. Notable New Victory® Theater presentations at The Duke on 42nd Street include Joan McLeod's The Shape of a Girl, Steppenwolf Theater Company's The Bluest Eye and the smash hit, Once and For All We're Gonna Tell You Who We Are So Shut Up and Listen, presented by The New Victory Theater in cooperation with The Under the Radar Festival.