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iLuminate is the hippest, most imaginative, lighted dance story show playing in New York right here in the heart of the Theater District at New World Stages, where the new 2014 edition of iLuminate (formerly titled Artist of Light) opened on January 28. The magical 50 minute dance about an artist’s struggle to connect with the real world is an electrifying visual delight that relies heavily on hip-hop and contemporary dance.
iLuminate wowed the nation with their groundbreaking light suits and innovative dance moves on NBC’s "America’s Got Talent," where the dance-in-the-dark sensation was selected as one of the hit show’s top finalists after judge Piers Morgan called them "The Best New Act in America!"
Music, art, dance, and the technological magic of iLuminate brings this extraordinary spectacle to the New York stage, combining mythical elements with adventure and romance, told through dance styles which include contemporary, hip-hop, Latin, and breaking, all using the power of light.
iLuminate follows the fantastical journey of Jacob, a talented 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 townsperson steals the paintbrush and turns his endearing creations into horrifying monsters, Jacob must face this danger without the help of his miraculous instrument. He fights to save his town and friends, even as he knows that the paintbrush which brought him so much joy is now a weapon in the hands of a malevolent villain bent on destruction.
The creative team for iLuminate includes Miral Kotb (Director, Choreographer, Author), Athena Sunga (Co-Author), Justin "Kanobby" Keitt (Composer/Musical Director), Christopher Tignor (Composer), John "JRock" Nelson (Choreographer, Scenic & Costume Designer), Dario Mejia (Choreographer), Marcus Allan Cobb (Choreographer, Costume Designer) and, the newest member of the team, Rick Sordelet (Fight Director).
Creator Miral Kotb’ fascination with computer programming along with her love for dance and movement, led to the initial idea behind iLuminate, the ability to wirelessly control lights on dancers’ bodies from the palm of your hand. Composer/Musical Director Justin "Kanobby" Keitt is best known as the musical director for hip-hop group sensation Far East Movement. Kanobby has produced songs for music icons Snoop Dogg, Quincy Jones and John Legend, and also wrote the musical score for Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa’s film Mac & Devin Go to High School. Composer Christopher Tignor’s work as a multi-instrumental
ist, 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. Fight Director Rick Sordelet has 59 Broadway shows to his credit including The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Urinetown, Aida, Titanic, The Addams Family, The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Little Mermaid, and Curtains, Tarzan, Annie, Into the Woods, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? His films include Dan in Real Life, The Game Plan and Hamlet.
The running time for iLuminate is 50 minutes at New World Stages, 340 West 50th Street