Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts presents, Luma Theater, The Art of Darkness, Tuesday April 12, 7:30 pm in the Main Theater. Tickets for the performance are $29 and $24 for members and children. Visit marylandhall.org to purchase.
LUMA: Art in Darkness™ was created in 1996 in a Madison WI warehouse when Michael Marlin, an inventor and creative visionary, decided to pioneer a new form of entertainment by producing a show about light, done entirely in the dark.
“Experimenting with light sources, building prototypes, teaching a cast how to perform in the dark with black bags on their heads was just a few of my challenges”, Marlin says. The genesis of the idea came from Marlin’s love of astronomy and the glow of an active lava flow near his home. “I knew the whole world would want to see a show about light,” Marlin says, “and I never gave up on my vision.”
Marlin, a master juggler, began the journey of LUMA by juggling in the dark to classical music. Solo pieces became duets, then trios and today a cast of seven weaves 3-D illuminated illusions of light, color and motion that has been seen in 15 countries, on five continents, in 46 states and has been seen by nearly half a billion people worldwide.
LUMA has consistently garnered great reviews: from the SF Chronicle, “bedazzling, turns an audience of adults into a bedlam of kids”, to the Chicago Tribune, “Never fails to amaze”, to Jules Fisher, 8 Time Tony Winner for Lighting Design, “LUMA has a lyrical mysticism that connects you to your own creativity”, to NPR, “Pure utter beauty in all its philosophical and metaphorical wonder.”
Marlin has invention, a patented coil lasso Slingerzz™, which “gives the player the ability to grab and retrieve objects at a distance, as well as do dozens of tricks and games like a yo-yo or Kendama”. The Slingerzz will be available for purchase after the performance.
Maryland Hall is supported by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts, and a grant from the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County. Additional support comes from sponsors including: The Helena Foundation, AT&T, Comcast, Wells Fargo, RPH Architecture, M&T Bank, Sandy Spring Bank, Towne Transport, Manis Canning & Associates, Annapolis Hyundai, BB&T, Black Turtle Services, Kure, RBC Wealth Management, The RC Group, Double Tree Annapolis, Maryland Eye Associates and Ziger/Snead.
For more information or to order tickets, contact the Maryland Hall Box Office at 410-280-5640 or visit www.marylandhall.org. Box office hours are Monday – Friday from noon – 5 pm. Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts is located at 801 Chase Street, Annapolis.