iLumiDance from Morinville News on Vimeo.

photos by Stephen Dafoe

Rainbow Dance Theatre’s iLumiDance hit the Morinville Community Cultural Centre stage Mar. 10. The third in a series of no charge family shows during the centre’s fifth year of performing arts; iLumiDance offered a unique mixture of dance and technology.

Artistic Director Darryl Thomas’ lifelong fascination with computers and electronics led to a unique show, which began touring in the spring of 2013 with a company of seven dancers and crew of two.

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The dance company uses electro-luminescent light (EL) wire, fiber-optic fabric, proprietary technology, and a computer system to illuminate the show’s costumes, sets, puppets, and props to create a dance of light to accompany the dancers and iLumiDance’s musical score.

iLumiDance illustrated the procession of life from the big bang, through the evolution of single-celled, and on to complex organisms in the first half of the show, and told a more mythical story through light and dance during the second half of the performance.

The show was sponsored by The Morinville News.

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