2017 Performances

2017 Performances

View the full Light City 2017 Performance & Music Schedule here

AUBERGINE DANCE:
DANCES IN LIGHT

Aubergine is a Baltimore-based belly dance troupe founded and directed by Nina Amaya. They combine historical dance with that of magical realms, taking the audience on interactive journeys of love, light, music, danger, excitement, and awe. The audience is invited to experience the stories as they beautifully dance with lights.

Photo courtesy of Aubergine Dance

BLACK CHERRY PUPPET THEATER:
LIFE IS AN OYSTER, OPUS 29

“Mesmerizing” and “spellbinding” are only two words used by critics to describe the performances of Black Cherry Puppet Theater over the past thirty-five years. Michael Lamason, its director, draws on this legacy to showcase the artistry that has captured hundreds and hundreds of audiences as he dances and twirls his marionettes. Prepare to be captivated and drawn into the puppet’s world as the skeleton boogies, the giant raps, and trick puppets do the unexpected.

Photo: “The Sultan’s Revue”, Black Cherry Puppet Theater

BMORE THAN DANCE: SHAKEOFF SHOWCASE

What Started as an Annual Dance Event has evolved into a network of over 300 dancers, producers, DJs, and MCs all under the organization of Bmore Than Dance! Bmore Than Dance provides outlets and showcases to inspire, and evolve the way youth looks at the art of dance. Starting with a dance style originated from Baltimore, we provide endless events, competitions, sessions, and opportunities to learn to allow the talent to flourish!

Photo: Bmore Than Dance Mobb Shake Off Performance

THE CIRCUS OF WONDERS

The Circus of Wonders creates and presents original live entertainment experiences for theaters, festivals and special events. Their team is comprised of internationally renowned artists who specialize in individual shows, variety acts, and interactive arts. The Circus of Wonders will present continuous shows at the Sondheim Fountain at the Inner Harbor, featuring performers presenting juggling, escapes, fire spinning, and comedy throughout the week!

The Circus of Wonders performs every night continually from 7pm to closing from opening night to Thursday, April 6. On Friday, April 7, and Saturday, April 8, they will be performing 7-8pm and 9-10pm.

Photo courtesy of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

FASHION COMES TO LIGHT: A LIVE WEARABLE ART INSTALLATION

Fashion Comes To Light is an inspired, visually compelling LIVE wearable art installation, highlighted by light components. Fashion Comes To Light features innovative wearable concepts created by Baltimore area clothing designers, light, canvas and living fiber artists. Through collaboration and integration of multiple artistic disciplines, this collective of designers, artists, hair stylists and make-up artists will create a seamless, textured ambiance. Designers will present innovative, visionary conceptual wearables and embellishments during Light City.

Photo courtesy of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

MISAKO BALLET

Sponsored by the Baltimore Kawasaki Sister City Committee, the Misako Ballet will present a short outdoor performance in celebration of the approaching cherry blossom season.  Misako Ballet, a locally based dance company, has created a 20-minute Japanese inspired performance, pairing classic ballet technique with traditional Japanese music and costumes, giving Light City attendees the opportunity to appreciate Japanese traditional and modern dance against the backdrop of the Inner Harbor.

Photo: Misako Ballet by Misako Ballet

PIRILAMPO CAPOEIRA: CHAMANDO OS CÉUS (“CALLING ON THE HEAVENS”)

Pirilampo Capoeira’s performance is a blend of dimensional movement between the ground and acrobatics of the very traditional and culturally influenced Capoeira and the high flying modern innovations of aerial dance. The performance will add an element of visual art with the use of LEDs to promote the fluidity of movement through space.

Photo: Deep Sugar Event at Paradox Nightclub by Lucas Graenicher

PYROPHILIA

Pyrophillia is doing a one-day fire performance show, bringing together the best fire dancers local to the area of Baltimore City. This year Pyrophilia will be performing at Light City once again, with a more theatrical side, bringing more excitement and a story to tell. The fire performances will be Egyptian tribal-themed with more fire dancing routines loaded with battle scenes, and original fire performance routines choreographed specifically for the audience at Light City.

Photo courtesy of Pyrophillia Fire Performers

PYROXOTIC: A FIRE CABARET

Pyroxotic welcomes Light City to the world of the feminine, fire, and flow. FIRE – A source of heat, energy, light and now a source of dance. As a sisterhood of women devoted to the fire arts, Pyroxotic is a mechanism to further prop manipulation skills and empower each other both on and off the stage. With dancers from diverse backgrounds ranging from burlesque, classical, to cirque, Pyroxotic aims to reach new heights of collaboration and professionalism in fire choreography.

Photo: Pyroxotic Dark Dolls, Tony Hitchcock Photography

SANKOFA DANCE THEATER

Sankofa Dance Theater creates and presents world-class, authentic African art in the form of dance, music, and folkways for national and international audiences. The work of the Company is rooted in healing and bringing intercultural understanding to the global village while staying true to the definition of the word “Sankofa” which means to learn from the past in an effort to build for the future. Sankofa Dance Theater celebrates 25 years reaching back into the rich legacy of African culture and history to move forward into greater awareness and sensitivity to the world community. Sankofa Dance Theater brings a traditional West African story to life with a mix of classic and illuminated costumes, moves and music.

Photo: Sankofa Dance Theater by Anderson Ward

SCHROEDER CHERRY AND HIS PUPPETS: HOW THE SUN CAME TO THE SKY

Schroeder Cherry presents a 20-minute storytelling presentation using puppets and light projected paintings. It tells how people from The Land of Night carried their own stars for lighting, then something happened that changed their world. The result was daylight. A puppet narrates the story, while manipulating puppets and props on a table-top stage. Paintings are projected on a large screen, illustrating the story.

SQUONK: CYCLE SONIC

Squonk Opera has created outdoor spectacle around the world, with reviews that include “insane majesty” from The Scotsman and “surreal and poetic” from USA Today and ingenious, hallucinatory, hypnotic” from New York Times. Squonk’s new outdoor light spectacle explodes with human-powered cycles, propelled by their original chamber rock music…and their own legs! Sounding joyful music, these 2-story parade floats sprout bulb-horns and banners, percussion and whirligigs. Giant puppet bikers, undulating flags and 20-foot legs pumping with the rhythm of sustainable power combine the thrill of live performance with the uncelebrated world of the everyday. On Friday, April 7, Squonk will lead the Kinetic Procession, which kicks off at 8pm from Rash Field, ending at the Aquarium. They will make their way back to Sondheim Fountain, where they will perform at 11pm. On Saturday, April 8, Squonk will perform at Sondheim Fountain at 9pm and 10:30pm.

Photo: Squonk Cycle Sonic by John Altdorfer

POP-UP PERFORMANCES

*Pop-up performances take place at spontaneous dates/times throughout Light City along the BGE Light Art Walk.

BIG WHIMSY: LIGHT GIANTS

Returning to Light City, Big Whimsy is an interactive show combining stilt walking, clowning, and costumes extraordinaire, and sometimes music and dance! Dressed in fantastical costumes, covered in lights, and towering above the crowd on stilts, Big Whimsy provides a fun and interactive experience for festival goers.

Photo courtesy of Big Whimsy

FLUID MOVEMENT: LOVE LIGHTS

Fluid Movement is a Baltimore-based performance art group that juxtaposes complex subject matter with delightful and unexpected mediums. Their Light City performance will experiment with movement, light, and sound to highlight the importance of community and diversity. It will take place in four segments at different locations. Each segment corresponds to words associated with each letter of the word “love”. They will explore themes of loneliness, openness, vulnerability, and everyone. Audience members can follow performers from one segment to the next, with everyone gathering for a celebration and audience participation at the final location.

Photo: Fluid Movement by Margaret Hart Photography taken at Light City 2016

LIGHT CITY TAI CHI

Light City Tai Chi is a collaborative group of tai chi practitioners that have practiced tai chi for 5 years or more. Tai chi is a traditional Chinese Internal Martial art. Tai chi movements have both a meditative and a martial art component. Their performance as Light City will include the Yang style Tai Chi Chuan, a moving meditation set with lights.

NUBIAN SPIN: GLOW HULA HOOPS

In this pop-up LED hula hoop performance, Nubian Spin’s alluring, professional, and jaw-droppingly talented hula hoop dancers will captivate the audience and create an unforgettable atmosphere of wonder and enchantment.

Photo Credit: Pyroxotic Dark Dolls by Tony Hitchcock Photography

THE LANTERN SISTERS, FEATURING KATHERINE FAHEY & VALESKA POPULOH: TRAVELING SHADOW PUPPET CRANKIE SHOW

Keep an eye out for The Lantern Sisters at the festival with their illuminated, intricate rolling cart hung with lanterns, performing shadow puppet crankies. “Crankies” are a bygone story telling device where an illustrated scroll is mounted in a box. As the operator of the crankie cranks, the images move across the front. The scroll is illuminated by light from behind so that silhouettes which are held behind are seen through the scroll.

Photo: Francis Whitmore’s Wife by Katherine Fahey

SHANNA LIM:
EXTROSTREETRO
LIGHTFUNK
TERRESTRIAL

ExtroStreetroLightFunkTerrestrial is a traveling audience interactive visual dance Pop Art fantasy. Follow along as a special select dance collective of powerful and colorful characters use Inner Harbor territory as stage and be seen lodged into surrounding art walk and sculpture architecture. Projecting feelings from joy to strangeness performances will be accompanied by music and theater interludes. Each Pop-up presentation will last 15 minutes and is geared to all ages.

Photo: ExtroStreetroFunkTerrestrial by Koshu Kunii
Featured dancers (left to right): Shanna Lim, Jordan Simmons, Rita Kelly, Robin Neveu Brown, Celeste White, Pop-up Kids